I had a woodburning stove fitted into my living room just before Christmas and having used and experimenting with it for almost a month I think it is one of the best purchases I have made.
The stove itself was £270 but the flue and labour to fit it all to meet building regulations, brought the total cost to nearly £2000! However I do not have to use my electric heating now or my kettle (as I boil water on the stove top) and my electric cooker is rarely used because I cook on the top as well.
I use my cast iron dutch oven as an oven and for making stews
and my frying pan for such things as pancakes
Outside I have made a lean-to where seasoned wood can be stored
and I’ve made a saw-horse for cutting up logs
which folds flat and can be stored up under the lean-to roof, as you can see here
It has taken quite some time to discover a way to keep the fire inboth at night and when I am work. When staying outside and using a campfire I can often find glowing embers deep inside the pile of ash, so I took the ash from the ash tray in the bottom of the stove and covered the fire with a thick layer and this has proved very successful. I can in fact keep the fire in for 10 hours.