Above: For a similar look, try the wood burning and multi-fuel Stovax View 5T Midline model. It comes in a Brilliant Black finish. Priced around £1,180. Also shown is a range of products from Garden Trading, starting from £10 for the Jutland dustpan and brush set

The Danish concept of hygge was everywhere last year, and we’re sure it will continue to be popular this year – what’s not to love about a way of thinking and living that promotes snuggly nights in with candles? One of the best ways to get cosy this autumn and winter is with a wood burning stove, and now is the ideal time to start thinking about getting one chosen and installed, if it’s something that you want to invest in.

Below Left: For a more traditional look, try the beautiful ornate design of the Morsø 2B Classic. This cast iron stove has a long firebox which can store logs up to 45cm in length, plus it comes with a riddling grate, ash tray and ashpan. Price £1,548

Above Right: Above Opt for the compact Skye stove by Charnwood for a country-chic model that has Cleanburn airwash technology, an inverted flue collar for a seamless flue connection and Quattroflow air management system. Price £1,698

Declan Walsh, managing director at Morsø, says: ‘People are viewing stoves are a focal point for the home as much as an efficient way to heat it. The hygge trend has meant that people want to be able to enjoy viewing the fire itself too, which is why the ability to view the flames has become more of a draw. Glass panels are now bigger and wider so you can enjoy the beauty of a log fire.’ He also says that while the living room is definitely still the top choice when installing a stove, the kitchen has also become a popular room for a stove as we are all socialising and entertaining in there much more as open-plan layouts allow for this.

So, aside from the obvious cosy factor, what other reasons are there for having a wood burning stove? Although they can be costly to purchase and install initially, in the long-term it’s an effective way of heating the home in both environmental and monetary terms. According to Phil Wood, UK & Ireland country manager, Contura: ‘Wood is one of the most environmentally friendly fuels. It’s a sustainable, renewable energy source that’s virtually carbon neutral. Burning timber sourced from managed or coppiced forests can help conserve fossil fuels, in addition to being cost efficient.’

Above: This box-shaped 310 option from Contura features a widescreen window so you can watch the logs burning clearly for an extra cosy effect. With a 3-9kW heat output, this model can heat a room of up to 120 sq. m with ease. Price from £1,695

Article by: Lucy Macdonald