With the energy price cap having just been raised for the second time in the last 12 months, the costs of gas and electric heating have climbed to record highs. And with yet another price hike looking extremely likely in October, many people are wondering whether switching over to cheap and reliable fire wood heat could be the answer.
But does it really make sense to buy a log burner just to save on heating?
In this article, we will tell you how much you can expect to pay for a kilowatt-hour of firewood heat, how much it costs to buy and install a log burner, how much you can expect to pay your chimney sweep every year, and how quickly you can expect to recoup the costs of purchasing.
How Much Does a Kilowatt Hour of Wood Briquette Heat Cost?
If you order in bulk, a kilowatt hour of briquette heat will cost you between £0.10 and £0.11. The exact figure will depends on the kind of fuel you're using.
If you're using Sawdust Briquettes, a kilowatt hour of heat will cost you £0.11. A kilowatt hour of Night Briquette heat can cost you as little as £0.11. If you're using Pini Kay Eco Logs, a kWh of heat will cost you just £0.10. If you're using Lekto Hardwood Heat Logs, then a single kilowatt hour of heat will cost you just ten pence.
What Is the Cheapest Briquette Heating Fuel Per kWh?
When it comes to cost per kWh, Hardwood Heat Logs and Pini Kay Eco Logs are the cheapest, coming in at just £0.10 when buying a full pallet. Night Briquettes and Sawdust Briquettes cost a little bit more, coming in at £0.11.
This is much less than fire wood heating will cost per kWh, which, in turn, will cost you much less than gas and electric heat.
How Much Does a Kilowatt Hour of Sawdust Briquette Heat Cost?
In the UK, wood heat from traditional Sawdust Briquettes will cost you between £0.12 and £0.21. In order to get the best bulk price, one needs to order a full pallet of 45 mini packs.
How Much Does a Kilowatt Hour of Night Briquette Heat Cost?
A single kilowatt hour of heat from long-burning Night Briquettes can cost you between £0.11 when ordering a full pallet and £0.22 for ordering a single trial pack. In order to get the lowest price, it is best to order a full pallet (45 boxes of 20kg) or a small pallet (24 boxes of 20kg).
How Much Does a Kilowatt Hour of Pini Kay Log Heat Cost?
A single kilowatt hour of Pini Kay Eco Log heat in the United Kingdom can cost as little as £0.10, which is less than all other Lekto briquettes. When purchasing a single box, you will pay a much less lucrative £0.22 per kWh.
How Much Does a Kilowatt Hour of Hardwood Log Heat Cost?
If you use Hardwood Heat Logs, a single kilowatt hour of heat will cost you as little as £0.10. In order to get this price, you need to buy a full pallet. In contrast, when buying just one pack, you'll pay as much as £0.19 per kWh.
How Much Does Kindling Wood Cost?
According to the latest pricing, three 4.5 kilogramme boxes of kindling wood cost £26.85 (£ 8.95 per box). Six boxes of wood kindling cost £49.25 (£8.20 per box).
How Much Does a Wood Burner Cost in the UK?
The cheapest commonly-available woodburner in the UK is the Woodpecker WP4, costing £555.00 with VAT. The goldilocks zone for mainstream log burners is between £1,000 and £2,000. Higher end, Ecodesign-certified stoves can cost upwards of £5,000.
How Much Does Hiring a Chimney Sweep Cost in the UK?
In 2022, having your chimney swept by a professional will cost you between £65 and £130. The cost you'll pay will depend on a multitude of factors, including the region you live in, the size of your chiminea, and how you hire the chiminea sweep (pay less by searching through local classified ads).
What Other Wood Fuel Costs Should I Be Aware of?
In addition to the cost of the log burner, its installation (around £1,000), a yearly visit from your local chiminea sweep, and the cost of your wood fuel, you will incur the following costs:
- Fire starters (around £20 per heating season)
- Wood kindling (around £25 per winter)
- Log burner accessories (between £30 and $100, depending on quality)