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Demand for wood-burning stoves is increasing to keep energy bills down during the cost of living crisis

Demand for woodburning stoves soars as Britons snap them up to keep energy bills down amid cost of living crisis

  • Demand for wood burning stoves has skyrocketed as Britons battle rising energy bills
  • Dealers have reported that customers are buying several at a time and that there is a ‘shortage of cookers in the UK’
  • Wood-burning stove sales jumped 40 percent between April and June, with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February continuing to drive up gas prices in Europe

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Demand for wood burning stoves has skyrocketed as Britons choose to heat their homes the old fashioned way amid rising utility bills.

Retailers are reporting a shortage of cookers as manufacturers struggle to keep up with demand due to Covid supply chain issues and a shortage of materials such as cast iron.

According to the Telegraph, some dealers have reported that people bought several wood stoves at once as temperatures plummeted.

Consumers are thrilled as they battle rising bills as the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues to drive gas prices up.

Retailers report shortage of cookers as manufacturers struggle to keep up with demand due to Covid supply chain issues and a recent surge in demand

Choice Stoves, an online retailer based in Lancashire, posted on its website that it had suspended online orders due to the 'shortage of stoves in the UK'

Choice Stoves, an online retailer based in Lancashire, posted on its website that it had suspended online orders due to the 'shortage of stoves in the UK'

Choice Stoves, an online retailer based in Lancashire, posted on its website that it had suspended online orders due to the ‘shortage of stoves in the UK’

As a sign of their rising popularity, sales of wood-burning stoves rose 40 percent between April and June to more than 35,000 compared to 25,000 in the same period last year.

Choice Stoves, an online retailer based in Lancashire, posted on its website that it had suspended online orders due to the ‘shortage of stoves in the UK’.

Backwoodsman, a retailer in the Highlands, has reported a 165 percent increase in sales over the past year.

The seller posted a notice on its website saying they were “exceptionally busy due to the impact of the energy crisis,” with surveys taking up to six weeks to complete.

Lancashire stove manufacturer Bowland Stoves also announced that they are fully booked for installations until next year.

“If you’re still thinking about having a heater installed to beat gas and electricity prices, book your survey and install now for next year,” the company wrote on Twitter.

Backwoodsman posted a message on his website saying they are “extremely busy due to the effects of the energy crisis,” with surveys taking up to six weeks to complete

In September, DIY store Toolstation announced that sales of chainsaws had also increased.

A spokesperson for the company said at the time: “We suspect demand is being fueled by customers using their chainsaws to cut logs and wood for wood-burning stoves, while many are trying to mitigate the impact of energy increases.”

Figures from the Office for National Statistics showed electricity and gas prices had risen by 54 per cent and 99 per cent respectively in the 12 months to September.

And after Chancellor Jeremy Hunt announced that the energy price cap will rise from April, millions of households are expected to face a rise of up to £500.

With the end of the Energy Price Guarantee, an average household will see gas and electricity prices rise from £2,500 a year now to over £3,000.

But the increase in wood burning could lead to more pollution, experts warn.

Earlier this year, it was estimated that wood and coal stoves are responsible for 38 percent of air pollution from particulate matter

The government plans to reduce this by a total of 30 per cent by 2030, and introduced rules on 1 January this year that all stoves sold must meet ‘Ecodesign’ rules, meaning they have been tested for efficiency .

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