Stoves & Snow In January

Snowy LandscapeThe post Christmas blues can get to all of us in January. Here in Ireland we experienced a very mild month of December, in stark contrast to what some weather forecasters predicted. January is already shaping up to be much cooler, and the first widespread snow of the year turned the country into a winter wonderland.

The kids are absolutely loving it, as always, and the child in me loves waking up to a blanket of white snow covering the hills and trees. Unfortunately, the grown-up in me is less than ecstatic, the grown-up has to worry about getting to work on time, and keeping the house warm. Well, to be honest, with a Boru Stove, keeping the house warm is one less thing this grown-up has to worry about. I can remember the winter of 2009-10 when the temperatures were dipping to around -7 and -8 some nights. During this time the price of oil was climbing too, it was a cold and expensive winter that year.Traffic stuck in snow

I did learn a lesson though. I decided that I wouldn’t be so dependent upon oil, and I had to find a better way to heat my home, than my existing open fire and oil fueled radiators. The cost of fuel and the endless trips out into the freezing night air to refill the coal bucket was not sustainable. This is when I began to find out about stoves and the huge benefits that they have over open fires. At first, I really couldn’t believe that I had not heard more about the benefit of a stove sooner.

Eventually I decided to buy a multi-fuel boiler stove that could heat my living room, provide hot water and also heat radiators throughout the house. The great thing about this was, the fact that I could use the stove in combination with my existing oil fired boiler. The savings available to me quickly became apparent after speaking with my plumber. If I was lighting my stove to settle in for a cosy night beside the fire, I would not have to use my oil fired boiler, the fuel I was burning in my stove would heat the room, the hot water and the radiators throughout the rest of the house. If I was not going to light my stove, or if I was just in from work and didn’t have time to wait for the stove to heat up, I could use my oil fired boiler to get some quick heat into the house.

4kw Boru StoveIt made me a little sick to think of all the money I had been wasting on fuel in my open fire. All that heat had been going up the chimney, when it could have been heating the rest of the house!

If you want to know more about using a multi-fuel stove in combination with your existing oil fired boiler, you should contact your local plumber. Later in the year we will provide a more detailed explanation on this blog of combining pressurised heating systems with open vented systems. The savings to be made on annual fuel costs is tremendous.

If you want to beat the January blues by cutting your fuel bills and keeping nice and warm for the rest of the winter, contact your local Boru Stoves retailer. There are some great bargains to be picked up at this time of year, whether you are new to stoves or just want to upgrade your existing stove, Boru Stoves and our experienced retailer network will be happy to assist.