Choosing between a new and a second-hand log burner

When considering whether to purchase a new or a second-hand log burner, there are several factors to consider. Here we are pleased to offer our professional thoughts on both options:

Buying new


  1. Warranty and reliability: A new log burner typically comes with a warranty, providing you with peace of mind in case any technical issues arise.
  2. Improved energy efficiency: newer log burners often incorporate advanced technologies, such as secondary burn systems or air-wash features, which enhance their efficiency and reduce emissions.
  3. Safety features: new models may have additional safety features like thermostatic controls, automatic shut-off, or cool-touch surfaces.
  4. Aesthetics and customisation: purchasing a new log burner allows you to choose from a wide range of designs, styles, and finishes to match your décor preferences.


  1. Higher cost: new log burners tend to be more expensive compared to second-hand options.
  2. Limited negotiation: Since new log burners have fixed prices, there is typically less room for negotiation compared to buying second-hand.

Buying second-hand


  1. Cost savings: Second-hand log burners are generally less expensive than new ones, making them a more affordable option.
  2. Negotiation potential: When buying second-hand, there is often room for negotiation on the price, allowing you to potentially secure a better deal.
  3. Availability of older models: Some people prefer the aesthetic of older log burners, which may be more readily available on the second-hand market.
  4. Reconditioned models can look remarkably good – almost as good as new – making them great for budget- and environmentally-conscious consumers.


  1. Limited warranty or guarantee: Second-hand log burners may not come with a warranty, leaving you responsible for any repairs or maintenance.
  2. Unknown history: It can be challenging to ascertain the maintenance and condition of a second-hand log burner, so there may be some uncertainty about its performance and lifespan.
  3. Lower energy efficiency: older log burners may lack the advanced features found in newer models, resulting in lower energy efficiency and potentially higher emissions.

Ultimately, the decision between a new and a second-hand log burner depends on your budget, preferences, and priorities. If you value the latest features, reliability, and are willing to invest more, a new log burner might be the right choice. However, if cost savings are crucial, and you’re willing to accept potential limitations or perform additional maintenance, a second-hand log burner could be a suitable option.

If your heart is set on a shiny new model we’d love to be of assistance, please book a showroom appointment or speak to a member of our team at Fiveways Fires & Stoves, call us on 0208 127 4747 or email .