5 Best Outdoor Wood Burning Stoves for Your Garden
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5 Best Outdoor Wood Burning Stoves for Your Garden

Make your backyard the ultimate gathering spot with an outdoor wood-burning stove. Discover the top 5 options for your outdoor space in our handy guide that should convince you to see that an outdoor log burner is a perfect addition to your Garden.

An outdoor wood-burning stove can be a great addition to your patio space or garden, these outdoor heaters provide ample warmth and a cosy atmosphere for gatherings with family and friends. With so many options available, it can be difficult to choose the right one for your space, so in this guide, we'll explore the top 5 outdoor wood burners to help you make an informed decision. There are lots of considerations including size, cooking functionality and heat requirements so keep reading if you’re interested in our views.

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What are Your Outdoor Heating Requirements?
Which are the Best Outdoor Wood Burners?
Consider the Size & Design of the Garden Stove
Look for Durable Materials and Quality Construction
Choose a Stove That is Easy to Maintain
What are the Clearances & Safety Requirements?

What are Your Outdoor Heating Requirements?

Before choosing an outdoor wood burning stove, it's important to determine your heating needs. Consider the size of your outdoor space and how many people would typically be in your garden to gather around the outdoor log burner or fireplace. If you have a large backyard and frequently host, you'll need a sizeable stove with a big heat output. On the other hand, if you have a smaller space and only entertain a few people at a time, a smaller stove may be sufficient to keep your guests warm and comfortable. Keep in mind that larger stoves will require more wood for their fuel and may be more expensive to operate. Another fantastic feature on lots of outdoor stoves & fireplaces is the ability to cook on them! Just like traditional wood-fired barbecues you can sear and grill your food on lots of the models we supply.

Which are the Best Outdoor Stoves?

Here you’ll find some of the best picks when it comes to outdoor log burners and garden stoves. All of these outdoor heaters will provide you with ample warmth for evenings when you need to take the chill off. You’ll find a variety of designs and styles at prices for lots of different budgets, each model we’ve put forward has their own pros and cons so please get in touch if you’d like to know more about our top-rated selection of outdoor stoves & fireplaces.

Consider the Design of the Garden Stove

When choosing an outdoor wood-burning stove, it's important to consider both the size and design of the stove. The design of the outdoor stove or fireplace will determine how it looks in your backyard and how easy it is to use. Some garden stoves have a more traditional look, while others have a more modern design aesthetic. Consider which design will best fit with the overall aesthetic of your outdoor space. If you’re looking to create more of a statement then an outdoor fireplace is a great consideration, our most popular models are made by Schiedel and their products allow for customisation like the example below which includes a pizza oven and food preparation area.

Schiedel Isokern from StovesAreUs

Look for Durability & Quality

When choosing an outdoor wood-burning stove, it's important to look out for a product made from durable materials and one that has been constructed to the highest levels. The outdoor stove will be exposed to the elements in your garden, so it needs to be able to withstand rain, wind, and snow. Look for stoves made from materials like cast iron or stainless steel, which are known for their durability. Remember lots of outdoor wood burners will rust if they’re not properly covered or stored in a dry place. All the outdoor stoves we supply are constructed to industry standards by leading brands that offer products with sturdy legs and a solid base to ensure that the stove stays in place and doesn't tip over. 

Choose an Outdoor Stove That is Easy to Maintain

When choosing an outdoor wood-burning stove, it’s important to consider the maintenance and cleaning requirements. Look for stoves that have removable ash pans or trays for easy cleaning. Some stoves also have a flue kit that includes a length of steel flue, rain cowl and fixings, this will improve the draught of the stove so the combustion of wood fuel will be more efficient and the smoke will be carried away from anyone sitting around the stove.

If you’re looking for an easy life then a stylish outdoor stove made from corten steel could be a good option for you. Corten steel often features a weathered finish that requires next to no maintenance and is highly resistant to outdoor elements.

What are the Clearances & Safety Requirements?

Safety should always be a top priority when choosing an outdoor wood burning stove. Look for stoves that include safety features like a cool touch handle or a latch to prevent accidental burns. Remember the outside casing of a log burner will always be hot when in use so ensure you have precautions in place if you have small children or animals.

Outdoor wood burners have different requirements to indoor models so we recommend having the maximum amount of distance between your outdoor stove and any combustible material, you don’t want to position your stove on decking or near anything flammable. Ensure to read the manufacturer's instructions and follow all safety guidelines when positioning your outdoor wood-burning stove in your garden.

Outdoor Stove vs Fire Pit: Which is Right for You?

Adding an outdoor stove or fire pit to your outdoor living space can create a cosy and inviting atmosphere for entertaining or relaxing. But which option is best for you? One of the first things to consider when deciding between an outdoor stove and a fire pit is your budget. Fire pits tend to be less expensive and come in a variety of pre-made designs, while garden fireplaces can be more expensive and can offer more of a statement in your outdoor space.

A second consideration is the amount of heat that is produced, an outdoor stove will certainly produce more heat than a fire pit! A fire pit won't retain the heat as long either, an outdoor stove contains the flame within its cast or steel casing, which makes them more efficient than a fire pit as the case will radiate heat long after the fire has gone out.

Finally, lots of outdoor log burners and outdoor fireplaces offer a cooking function or accessories can be purchased that allow you to grill or BBQ. This can be a fantastic option for those wanting an all-in-one appliance that looks the part too!

If you’re convinced that a fire pit is still the right choice for you we’d recommend you choose a premium model. Fire pits have become very popular in recent years, they can be purchased in lots of supermarket chains at extremely low prices.

What may seem like a bargain can end up costing you year after year as cheaply made fire pits are not designed to last. We recommend that you do not compromise on quality and feel it is worth spending a little bit extra to ensure you buy the best quality fire pit that will last you for years. The fire pits are available to buy at StovesAreUs are built from the best quality materials and are designed and manufactured with both durability and aesthetics in mind. From gas fire pit tables to freestanding fire pits and chimeneas we’ve got you covered.

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