Having a monthly electric bill between £280 – £600, we considered installing a wood burning stove, but instead decided to invest in a wood pellets stove.
The pellets are made from sawdust which is a by-product from sawmills and other timber products manufacture. The sawdust is compressed with high pressure which super heats the material and releases natural glue which holds the pellets together when they cool
The pellets come in 16kg bags and are easy to store and take up very little space. A 16ks bag will heat a well insulated house for 2-3 days.
You control the room temperature via a digital control panel on the wall.
You select the maximum room temperature (21 degrees C for example) and the stove will turn off when the temperature is reached. When the room temperature drops by 2 degrees, the stove automatically turns on again.
The heat from the stove is circulated via a fan mounted inside the stove, which can be run from a 12 volt battery during a power cut.