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Stoves FAQ's, Help & Advice

What size and type of fire should I choose?

Firstly you will need to measure the length, width and height of the room you propose to put the stove in. (meters)

Then input these measurements into the STOVE CALCULATOR section of the website.

By doing this it will give you a guide to what size “KW” fire you will need to heat this specific room.

Things you might want to think about…………..

  • Do you intend to burn Coal as well as wood? If so you will need a Multifuel Stove instead of a Wood burning stove.
  • Do you want the stove to heat your radiators or domestic hot water? If so you require a stove with a back boiler built in, this is called a Boiler Stove


2.    Stove Efficiency…….

  • Stoves – Multifuel / Wood burning / Gas        -           70-85% Efficient
  • Open Fire – Cast iron / clay fire back              -           10-25% Efficient
  • Electric Fire                                                          -           33% Efficient

So your stove won’t only look good but it will do what it’s supposed to do


3.    What does Cleanburn or Defra Approved mean?   

Cleanburn stoves has a system designed to allow pre-heated air to be re-introduced into the appliance just above the height of the fire. This means that unburned hydrocarbons in the smoke stream are put under a further combustion process. This is usually called the smoke control system. This is not only designed to provide a cleaner burn (i.e. less soot and gasses going up the chimney / flue and into the atmosphere) but will also generate up to twice the heat output from the same amount of fuel and keeps the glass cleaner.

The Cleanburn stoves are often Defra Approved which means these can be used and installed in smoke controlled areas. This means that you can also burn smokeless coal or wood in towns and cities.


4.    What is an Airwash?

An Airwash on a stove will help keep the window / glass on your stove cleaner.

  • These stoves with an Airwash system usually have a cleaner window “more visibly clear glass”.
  • Stoves without the Airwash system sometimes tend to have tar depositing on the window when fuel is burnt “wood is the more likely cause of this”.

The way in which the Airwash system works…………

These stoves will take in air through the air gaps above the stove window and pass it down over the glass. This creates a barrier type effect layer of clean air between the flames/gasses and the glass keeping it cleaner.


5.    Have a type or make of stove in mind but can’t find it here?


As if you can’t find it on here we have many other makes of stoves that we can probably order in for you.


6.    Who can install my stove/fireplace?

It is a requirement that all installations are carried out by fully trained and qualified installers (HETAs/Gas Safe). 


7.    Do I need a carbon monoxide alarm?

YES This is a must!

Carbon monoxide can seriously harm your health if exposed to high levels of the gasses over long periods of time. As this is a poisonous, tasteless, odourless and invisible gas, the Carbon Monoxide Alarm will detect exposure of carbon monoxide in the home before it is too late……..

Current legislation insist that if you install a stove, a Carbon Monoxide Alarm is required.

Where a Carbon Monoxide Alarm should be fitted?

  • It should be place on a wall about 5 feet above the floor, it can also be placed on the ceiling. DO NOT place it right next to or over a fireplace or flame producing appliance.