What is EcoDesign?
EcoDesign is the latest ultra-efficient burning technology used by modern stoves. Read further information here
Do I need a multi-fuel stove?
That depends on whether you ever intend to burn smokeless solid fuel (e.g anthracite or coke) or just wood. All stoves can burn wood but multi-fuel stoves can also burn appropriate solid fuel such as coke. Several stoves can be fitted with a multi-fuel ‘kit’ so initially the woodburning only model can be purchased and then upgraded at a later date. A woodburning only model usually burns wood more effectively than a similar multi-fuel model. Coal is being phased out as it is an extremely dirty fuel and our advice is to go for a dedicated woodburner.
What size wood burner should I get?
There is a rule-of-thumb guide which takes into account only the volume of the room. In metres, length x height x width / 12 = approximate kW of wood burner for that room. But there are many other factors which should influence the decision. This is why you should use a registered installer to help you assess your requirements and guide you to the right model of stove.
I’ve just had my stove installed and it’s giving off a burning smell when I use it. Is it dangerous?
Your installer should have advised you that the first few times a stove is heated, the new paint on it can give off fumes as it cures. Usually this lasts no more than 2-3 firings. If it persists then contact your installer and ask them to investigate.
What size flue does a wood burning stove use?
If the stove is not DEFRA approved then it must use at least a 150mm or 6″ flue. A DEFRA approved stove can use a 125mm or 5″ flue. If you are only going to use smokeless fuel and your stove has a 5″ flue then the flue in the chimney can be 5″.
Should I get a convector or radiant stove?
A convector stove typically has special side panels that allow air to circulate more efficiently around the room. This works especially well in larger rooms with more air to heat. Due to the gap between the panels and the stove body, the sides of the stove are slightly cooler than a radiant stove. A radiant stove emits heat from all sides although some radiant stoves have heat shields to the rear and underneath to allow them to be placed closer to walls and on floor plates.
Will installing a stove cut down on draughts?
Yes! When the stove is installed, the original chimney/flue will be closed off using a register plate. When the stove is not in use and the door is closed, to all intents and purposes this major source of draughts in a room will be stopped. When the stove is in use, it will be drawing a much lesser amount of air than an open fire would.
My stove doesn’t light well and smoke often comes out into the room
There could be several reasons for this, during winter the most common reason is that you are not getting the flue hot enough before closing the door. Use very dry and well chopped kindling. Firelighters are better than paper and leave the door ajar until the kindling is all burning well. This will help to push the cold air out of the flue and establish a good draw. If you still have problems then it is advised to arrange a visit from a HETAS engineer or a chimney sweep to examine the flue.