6 Common Wood Burner Myths, Debunked and Explained

Multi Fuel & Wood Burning Stoves


6 Common Wood Burner Myths, Debunked and Explained

Aside from being a truly sustainable option for heating the home, wood burners provide a warm and cosy feel to any living space. However, many remain misinformed about facts surrounding the use and effects of wood burners. 

This post serves as a compilation of common misconceptions about the use of wood burners. Hopefully, it will shed some much-needed light on the matter. 

6 Common Wood Burner Myths, Debunked and Explained

Myth #1: Burning Wood Harms the Environment

Wood burners are only capable of emitting the amount of carbon that a tree absorbed in its lifetime. This means that as long as you choose the right kind of wood, it is unlikely to damage the environment. It is definitely less harmful than burning fossil fuels. In fact, modern wood burners have new technologies that reduce emissions, including clean-burn systems. Fully seasoned logs must be used between 25% to 30% moisture content. This allows for clean burning results. 

While wood burners are deemed safe for the environment, it is important to note that burning any fuel emits CO. If you wish to install a wooden stove, installing a carbon monoxide detector is a regulation you need to follow. 

Myth #2: Wood Burners Cannot Be Used in Smoke-Free Spaces

As mentioned above, modern wood burners are equipped with clean-burn technology. This enables a higher output of heat mixed with low emissions. This means that wood burners can be used within smoke-controlled areas. Of course, this is all dependent on fuel selection. A good example of this is the Worcester Bosch Greenstyle Stove. 

Myth #3: Anyone Can Fit a Wood Burner

No. Only HETAS-trained professionals should fit your wood burner, as any inexperienced personnel can pose danger to you and the members of your home. There is an increased risk of harmful leaks, and burners are never suitable for DIY installation. 

It is always recommended to contact professional stove fitters in Scotland, to ensure that you are getting a fully licensed and qualified expert to do the installation. 

Myth #4: An Open Fire Can Provide More Heat Than a Burner

It doesn’t. An open fire loses four-fifths of its heat as it escapes through the chimney. A wood burner only loses between 15%-30% when the door is closed. It is also important to note that a wood burner can heat the whole house. The combination of a back boiler installation with central heating could provide warmth in all rooms of your home. 

Myth #5: Wood Burners Are Hard to Clean and Maintain

There are wood delivery services that can bring wood to your home. The clean-burn technology enables wood stoves to remain cleaner than before as it blows hot air downwards. This avoids any unnecessary build-up within the unit. 

Myth #6: You Always Have to Clean a Wood Burner Before Putting in New Wood

This is incorrect. Wood burner installers will suggest that it is always better to have a layer of ash if you wish to start a new fire. The existing layer of ash holds fire and prolongs its life. 


While there will always be misconceptions about wood burners, they provide nothing but benefits to any household. They give warmth and act as a better option for heating. It also adds value to your home. 

Looking for experienced and qualified stove fitters in Scotland? Stove Scotland offers wood-burning stove installation services in Edinburgh and the West Lothian area. We combine our comprehensive knowledge of stoves and fires with feasible solutions for your home to fit your ideal style and dimensions. 

Some of the areas we work in:

Is Your Stove Suffering From

Here at Stove Scotland we GUARANTEE that we can solve this problem or your money back, Please contact us for a free no obligation quote.

FREE Quote Today

Multi Fuel and Wood Burning Stove Services In Scotland

Stove Scotland is a family business that is committed to providing you high quality service and excellent customer satisfaction

stove installation

Supply & Install

As local market leaders, we have access to every stove and flue system available. We also provide a wide range of supply and installation packages to meet your requirements and budget.

stove-scotland multi fuel and wood burning stoves supply on

Supply Only

We can supply you with anything you that you might need for your fire, stove or flue. We have access to a huge range of full systems and individual components.



To keep your stove in tiptop shape, some careful TLC is required. We offer a full professional maintenance and chimney sweep package so that you and your family will enjoy your stove for years to come.

cooker stove

Stove Spill Test Service

Spills Test as required by Local Authority Building control or Architects. Spills tests are required when there is an appliance, such as: cooker hood extractor fan or electrical extractor fan in the same floor space or room as a stove. The test is carried out to prove that  fumes / smoke is not being drawn by the extractor system that could lead to carbon monoxide being present in the room.