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A simple guide to buying a stove

You have made the decision to fit a wood burner or stove in your home, but now the questions start. Which type of stove will best suit my needs? What type of fuel do I want to use? How big should it be? Should I go traditional or contemporary in terms of design?


First things first - you will need to decide between a wood burning stove and a multi-fuel option. If you think that you will only want to burn wood, this decision is already made, although there are a few points you will need to consider before heading out to purchase your new stove. Be sure to establish whether you live in a smoke controlled zone; if you do, you will need to purchase a stove approved by DEFRA for this type of use . Alternatively, if you want to have the flexibility of burning other types of fuel, such as coal or peat, your best bet will obviously be a multi-fuel stove.


The size of your stove should reflect the size of the room in which it is to be installed. Stoves range from 4kW right up to 16Kw. Since stoves are an efficient heat source, it is important not to install one that is too big for its intended space; conversely, go too small and you won’t feel the benefit. If in doubt, ask your retailer for advice.


Stoves are available in a wide range of styles and colour to suit all tastes. Whether you are looking for a cutting-edge design or an unashamedly traditional one, you are sure to find the perfect model. It is even possible to customise a stove, such as by adding a bespoke colour or finish, thereby ensuring your new heating source is unique to you.


As with any purchase, you tend to get what you pay for; however, it is possible to get a great model at the lower end of the price scale, particularly if you are looking for a smaller version.


It is generally a far better option to get your new stove professionally fitted by a HETAS qualified installer. The cost for this will relate to the size of the stove selected and how much remedial work needs to be done to your existing fireplace.