You’ve got your heart set on a stove and are ready to find one for your home. Here are a few key points to consider that will help you make your decision on a stove to best suit your lifestyle as well as your property
Which fuel type?
Are you drawn into the idea of loading logs into a real fire, or are you looking for instant heat as soon as you get home?
Available in a variety of stunning designs, Stovax’s woodburning and multi-fuel stoves offer beautiful authentic flames, creating that fireside ambience so many of us love. When choosing a woodburning stove, make sure you choose one that is DEFRA-exempt if you live in a smoke control area.
Gas and electric stoves, on the other hand, will give you heat at the touch of a button – offering you a highly-realistic flame picture with ultra-convenience. Many of Gazco’s gas and electric stoves, such as the Vision Large, also come with alternative fuel effects.
What design, and what if I don’t have a chimney?
Now that you have settled on the fuel type you’d like, you’ll be thinking about the design of your stove next: consider if your home is contemporary or traditional, smaller or more spacious. Ask yourself if you want a stove or an inset fire: a stove can be freestanding against a wall, or tucked into an inglenook, whilst an inset fire will be set into your wall or existing fireplace for a clean and integrated look.
If you don’t have a chimney, there are options available to you – a balanced flue gas fire, such as the Gazco Studio Edge, does not require a chimney, as a twin-wall pipe vents directly to an outside wall. If you don’t have a chimney but are set on a woodburner, there is the possibility of fitting a pre-fabricated system that works in the same way a conventional chimney does.
To achieve a comfortable room temperature of around 21°C when the air temperature outside your house is 0°C, you will need approximately 1kW of heat output for every 14 cubic meters of space. Measure the length, width and height of your room and multiply the three figures together. Divide the sum by 14, and this figure will indicate the kW you require.
This is a rough guide, and factors such as the size of windows, the age of the home etc, can all influence the heat requirement. It is best to consult your local retailer about what is best for your property.
Where do I buy a stove from?
Although many stoves can be found online, it is best to go to your local expert retailer. They will be able to arrange a site survey to assess what the best options are for your home, including heat outputs, and will also be able to share a wealth of knowledge with you for the installation process.