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How to choose a wood burning stove

Dik Guerts Ivan multi fuel stovesWell our winter seems to continue to have plenty in store for us this year. Have you managed to keep warm and cosy? It can be hard to stay upbeat when the weather is so wet and windy and there is little daylight.  One way is to curl up in front of a wood burner with a good book. If you don’t have one, we thought we could give you some simple guidance on how to choose one.

Your Home

The first thing to think about is what kind of home you live in. The needs of a small terraced house or bungalow will vary hugely to those of a detached manor house. You should also think about the following questions in relation to your home as they will help us to work out how much heat you will need to radiate.

  • How big is your home?
  • How old is your home?
  • How high are your ceilings?
  • Do you have bare floors or carpets?
  • What proportion of your home is made from glass?
  • Is it single or double glazed glass?
  • What stairs do you have in your home? Is it a one or two or more storey building?
  • How well insulated is your property?

All of the above will help us to determine how big and how powerful your new wood burning stove should be.

How big should it be?

All stoves measure the heat output in kilowatts which allows you to choose a stove that has a heat output that is proportional to the space you are looking to heat. It  sounds extremely complicated but it’s actually relatively straight forward and we can help you with it by measuring your room when we do our site visit.  All wood burning stoves have a kilowatt rating so you simply choose one that meets your needs.

Which fuel?

Burning dry wood is the more environmentally friendly that burning fossil fuels so the best fuel to put in your wood burner. Great strides forward in stove design have resulted in modern stoves having an efficiency of over 80%, compared to an open fire at 30% and a stove produced ten years ago, with an average efficiency of 65%. – choose an EcoDesign ready stove.

Which type?

chesneys beaumont gas stoveThere are three types of stove to choose from: inset,  freestanding or cassette. Inset stoves are designed to be built into the wall or chimney breast and fit snugly into existing fireplaces and generally speaking 80% of their output goes into the room rather than up the chimney.

Cassette stoves can be installed at various heights on a wall, usually within a closed hearth and usually sit more flush to the wall than other inset stoves. ~They get all of their oxygen from outside rather than drawing air from inside which helps to preserve the warmth.

And freestanding stoves are just that and have the practical advantage of being able to be placed pretty much anywhere and they release their heat slowly giving an even output through the room.


For more inspiration on the design of your stove take a look here and then give us a call on 01237 420904 to arrange your free design consultation in your home.


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