GUIDE TO BUYING A WOOD BURNING OR MULTI-FUEL STOVE

GUIDE TO BUYING A WOOD BURNING OR MULTI-FUEL STOVE

Solid fuel stoves burn wood and/or mineral fuels and provide a powerful heating solution for your home. Modern appliances like our Stovax traditional and contemporary stoves are designed with advanced combustion systems, which minimise emissions and feature powerful Airwash jets to keep the stove glass clear. These advanced wood burning and multi-fuel stoves provide high efficiency heat and stunning flame visuals. Depending on your preferences and home, there are a few things to consider when choosing your wood burning and multi-fuel stove.

Wood or multi-fuel?

Solid fuel stoves can be selected in two fuel types; dedicated wood burning appliances and multi-fuel appliances.

Dedicated wood burning stoves often feature slightly larger viewing windows than multi-fuel stoves, and have a flat bed inside the stove. This is because wood burns best on a bed of ash.

Multi-fuel stoves give you the flexibility to burn wood or mineral fuels. They feature a riddling grate to allow air to circulate beneath the fuel for optimum burning conditions. Mineral fuels take up less room than wood for the heat they provide. They also burn for longer, making them good option for high output boiler stoves that may be providing heat for the whole home.

Chimney or Prefabricated flue system?

Wood burning and multi-fuel stoves and fires can either be installed into an existing fireplace or, if your home doesn’t have a chimney, using a prefabricated flue system such as our Professional XQ range.

Adding a stove to an existing fireplace is relatively straightforward. However, you will need to have your chimney checked before installation. Your local retailer will be able to organise this to ensure the chimney is airtight, and they may require it yo be swept. A flexible liner can be dropped down the chimney to connect to the stove if required.

Prefabricated chimney systems allow your stove to be installed without a masonry chimney. Depending on your preference and requirements, you can opt for an external flue system that is mounted to the exterior of the property or one that is fitted internally, travelling up through the house and exiting through the roof.

Our Professional XQ™ range can be powder coated to over 450 colour choices. This enables you to match requirements that may have been set by local planning authorities or to any specific aesthetic requirements you may have of your own.

DEFRA Smoke Control Zones

Towns and cities are often located in Smoke Control Areas as designated by the Clean Air Act 1993. Burning logs can only be done on a DEFRA exempt appliance. These stoves and glass fronted fires have passed a series of tests to ensure they do not produce unpermitted levels of smoke.

As a leading manufacturer of wood burning and multi-fuel appliances, we have been creating DEFRA exempt stoves and fires for many years. These high efficiency-heating products let you burn good quality wood and smokeless fuels efficiently anywhere in the country. Your retailer will be able to advise you on whether you live in a smoke control zone, but you can also find out for yourself here.

Ecodesign Ready Stoves and fires

Ecodesign Ready stoves represent the future of wood burning. Supporting the Government’s Clean Air Strategy, these advanced stoves meet, and in many cases even exceed, proposed air quality and efficiency targets, which will affect stove manufacturers from 2022 onwards.

We are proud to offer the largest range of wood and multi-fuel SIA Ecodesign Ready stoves and fires in the UK and Ireland. These innovative stoves produce magnificent rolling flames and ample warmth. Lowering emissions to an absolute minimum, their high efficiency combustion systems use around 70% less logs than an open fire and around 20% less than a standard stove to heat your home.

Low Profile or Constructional Hearths

Wood burning multi-fuel stoves need a hearth made from non-combustible material to protect the floor around the appliance from high temperatures. This usually means a slab of stone or concrete that is higher than the floor around it and corresponds to the appliance’s hearth requirements. Many stoves in our range have been designed to only require a 12mm hearth, allowing for a sleek installation. These minimal hearths can be often be created from special toughened glass to help them blend in with your interior. Your retailer will be able to advise on which type of hearth is needed.

Visit your local retailer

Your local Stovax retailer will be able to advise on the type of appliance that is suitable for your home and any requirements for installation. They will be able to make sure the right size stove is selected for your room for optimal heating efficiency, as well as arranging for correct installation by a HETAS qualified engineer. Your retailer will also be able to organise the servicing of your stove each year to ensure optimal burning performance.

 

2 responses to “GUIDE TO BUYING A WOOD BURNING OR MULTI-FUEL STOVE”

  1. PatriciaTuohy says:

    Could I please have a guide line price for a wood & multi fuel boiler stove, chimney already in place.Thank you.

    • Darcy Hyland says:

      Good Morning Patricia,
      Thank you for taking the time to send us a message.

      I’m afraid we do we do not have price lists as you can’t directly purchase from us, but if you head on over to our Find A Retailer page https://www.stovax.com/information/find-a-retailer/ you can find a local supplier near you that will be able to help you with prices.

      Kind Regards,
      Darcy Hyland

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Posted by on September 27, 2019