Cornwall LivingIssue #76
We hear from the team at Kuggar Stoves why stoves are still very much sustainable.
In the midst of this incredible heat wave we’ve been experiencing, heating your home is probably the last thing on your mind however, summer season sales mean investing now could save you money and allow you to bed down for the winter in comfort.
“This scaremongering is simply a myth, stoves have adapted from the days of open fires and now provide a sustainable option to heat your homes.”
Another thing stopping you from investing in a stove, other than the incredibly warm weather, might be the fact that we’re increasingly hearing how burning wood and coal negatively impacts upon the environment, and may soon be banned entirely. The team at Kuggar Stoves, however, have assured us that this isn’t the case. Co-founder Amanda Priest tells us: “This scaremongering is simply a myth, stoves have adapted from the days of open fires and now provide a sustainable option to heat your homes.” The basis of the problem lies with open fires, not stoves and in fact the biggest contributor to greenhouse gases is fossil fuels, but that’s another discussion entirely. The reason open fires are not as efficient as stoves is due to the fact that they’re less controllable than closed appliances, and therefore the emissions that they produce are high in particulates. The cities of the past would be shrouded in a thick smog from open fires however, progression in design means that closed appliances – stoves, for instance – produce minimal emissions in comparison.
Amanda continues: “Over half the stoves we have on display at Kuggar Stoves are already exceeding emission expectations by more than 50% in anticipation of the 2022 Stove Industry Alliance (SIA) regulations. Our range includes brands such as Termatch, Town and Country, Stovax Vision and Vogue, to name a few; not to mention the Hunter Cleanburn range of stoves that have been in production for over ten years now and are well within the new standards!”
There’s nothing like arriving home from a long autumnal walk, taking off your boots and watching the flames flicker as you warm your cockles. Having a stove doesn’t have to negatively impact the environment, as long as you make sure you choose a sustainable style that suits your home, and even though it’s more apt to be thinking about air conditioning at the moment, the summer sales mean it’s actually the prime time to invest.
Another way to ensure that your stove is running as sustainably as possible is to make sure your logs are dry and well seasoned. Learn how to season your wood, Scandinavian style, with Lars Mytting’s book Norweigian Wood.
"This scaremongering is simply a myth, stoves have adapted from the days of open fires and now provide a sustainable option to heat your homes."