The popularity of wood burning today can probably be attributed to a number of factors, not least the desire for a good looking appliance that will give your home a welcoming atmosphere.
You may feel slightly daunted by the prospect of installing a new stove or replacing an existing fire however there are a number of simple steps you can take to ensure you are swiftly enjoying the benefits of wood burning.The first is to visit your local stove and fireplace retailer. This will be an invaluable source of advice and information beginning with a full evaluation of the suitability of your property. If your home has a chimney breast it is likely that you will be able to install a fire or stove however it is essential that your home’s chimney is thoroughly checked by a qualified professional for safety and suitability. If your home does not have a chimney you are not alone, about one third of the UK’s housing stock does not however it may be possible to have a twin wall flue system installed which would allow for the use of a solid fuel appliance.
Once suitability has been established, you should consider the size of your room. For more information on this, please visit, “what size stove do I need?” on our Frequently Asked Questions. Please note that this figure should be treated with caution and used only as a rough guide however as the equation does not take into account a number of other important factors such as the age of your home and how well insulated it is; how many rooms are to be heated or whether or not your living space is open plan. You may also require that your woodburner provides your family’s hot water needs and there are certainly many boiler stoves to choose from in today’s market.
Throughout your decision making process, your local retailer will be able to help and provide detailed information about the wide range of stoves and fires available. You can then embark on what is most likely to be the most enjoyable element of the process: choosing your preferred appliance as well as various other aesthetic considerations (where applicable) such as colour finish, frame, canopy or flat top, type and colour of flue pipe and mantel or fireplace tile surrounds. Once your decision has been made and your stove ordered, the process of installation should be completed by a qualified installer recommended by your local retailer and HETAS registered for a reliable and utterly professional fit so, once complete you can relax and enjoy the many benefits of owning a wood burning stove.
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