Stovax County 8 wood burning stove in a kitchen Can I have a stove or fire in a kitchen?

Can I have a stove or fire in a kitchen?

In short, the answer is yes! There are considerations to be aware of when it comes to installation. Here’s our expert advice on what to remember when planning a log burner for a kitchen.

The right kind of pressure

Your kitchen is likely to have an extractor fan. Extractor fans create negative pressure, which can cause problems for a wood burning stove or conventional flue gas appliance as these need positive chimney pressure to remove combustion gases from your home. Without positive pressure, the gases created during combustion can linger in your chimney.

There are options to overcome this. You can install an additional air vent in the room, between the stove and the extractor fan. This should supply sufficient air for each appliance, rather than one drawing air from the other. Your installer will have to complete enhanced spillage tests when commissioning the stove to confirm the suitability of the ventilation and ensure the stove is working safely.

Wood burning stove in a kitchen

Some wood burning stoves have the option of an Outside Air Kit that ducts the air from outside the house directly to the appliance, without the need for an open vent into the room. Your Stovax retailer will be able to advise in detail and complete a site survey to determine the best options for your home.

For a conventional flue gas stove or fire, you’ll need to look at installing an air vent just like you would for a wood burner.

Go chimneyless

There is also the option to go for a balanced flue gas fire or stove. Balanced flue gas appliances do not require a chimney, making them a good option for a kitchen installation. They are completely sealed, with a glass front, from the room into which they are installed. This means there are no draughts, and heating efficiency is increased, with a twin-wall pipe venting directly to an outside wall. This also means no additional ventilation is required. You can find out more about what to do if you don’t have a chimney in our useful article here.

Go electric

Electric fires can make an ideal feature in a kitchen. Offering a cosy focal point, electric fires like the Onyx Avanti transform what can be an otherwise practical space, into a desirable area for spending time in with friends or family. Ensure that you have had a suitable wiring installation, signed off by a qualified electrician, and that there is no risk of leaks of water onto the appliance.

Onyx Avanti electric fire in a kitchen

Need some more home décor inspiration?

If you’re installing a wood burning stove, gas stove, or an electric fire in your kitchen and you want some decoration inspiration, why not read our advice on how to get the coastal look in your home, for some top tips on achieving the ultimate relaxing seaside haven in your own property.

Speak to your local retailer

For more information for your bespoke requirements, we always recommend that you speak to your local retailer. They will be able to assist you with anything from choosing your wood burning or gas stove, to a site survey and installation.

7 responses to “Can I have a stove or fire in a kitchen?”

  1. Caroline Gordon says:

    Can I have a solid fuel heater in my north facing kitchen? We can’t afford electric!

    • Chris Connick says:

      Hi Caroline, thanks for your message. I’m certain there are options available to you for installing a Stovax stove in your kitchen! For bespoke advice I’d recommend you speak to your local Stovax retailer for more information.
      Best wishes, Chris

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