Britain has a long history of using cast iron for household appliances. It is one of the materials that fed the success of the Industrial Revolution due to the UK’s once plentiful natural supply of coal, iron ore and water.
As a result, the use of cast iron thrived and the manufacture of products using this material became widespread and encompassed many areas of production. In the Victorian era it became the material of objects from fencing to cart wheels and fireplaces to kitchen pots, pans and cooking ranges.
Over the water in Europe, cast iron was a material used for the manufacture of wood burning stoves; their purpose to provide essential warmth for the home. Facilitated by the extensive acreage of forest that supplied the logs for wood burning, continental Europe led the way in utilising this effective method of heating the home for its frequently long and bitterly cold winters.
The UK soon followed suit and embraced wood burning with households installing a log burner in place of or to complement an existing fireplace. Cast iron, being so widely available and cheap, quickly became the traditional material for premium wood burners. Today, despite advances in the production of steel, cast iron is still a popular choice for stove manufacturers due to its heat diffusing properties which allow the warmth generated to be radiated slowly into the room for a comfortable and even temperature. Some stoves combine cast iron with steel – using the heavy duty, cost effective qualities of the latter with the energy efficiency of the former.
Cast iron is also recommended by its malleability which allows it to be moulded into a variety of designs to create a wealth of intricate and elegant detail. The Huntingdon stove by Stovax demonstrates this, with its beautifully crafted tracery door design securing its aesthetic reputation.
Where is my nearest Stovax retailer?
Use our Find A Retailer page on the Stovax website. Your local retailer will be able to offer you advice about cast iron wood burning stoves as well as arrange a site visit of your home to consider its suitability and recommend a HETAS registered installer. All members of our Expert Retailer Network have showrooms where you can see many stoves and fires burning live to get an accurate impression of what you can expect in your home. Buying from our Expert Retailer Network also enables you to take advantage of our extended warranty of up to 5 years.