Choosing a stove

Stovecraft does not sell stoves. This is an intentional policy to enable us to offer fully independent service and advice. It also allows us to charge a lower overall price to our customers; rather than make a profit on buying stoves at trade price and re-selling them at retail price, we prefer to pass the trade discount we receive on to our customers where possible.

We are very happy to pay you a visit to discuss your requirements and advise you on your purchase of a wood burning stove. Please contact us for a free informal chat and or quote.

We are also very happy to install a stove you may have already purchased.

Whilst personal taste is a main factor when choosing a wood burner, there are however a series of considerations worth bearing in mind that can condition your choice. We hope to explain them in this short guide.

Do you want to burn smokeless coal as well as wood in your stove?

Some stoves are designed solely for burning wood, whereas others, called multi fuel stoves, can burn smokeless mineral solid fuel as well as wood. Multi fuel stoves have grates and a bottom air intake that allows air to flow through the grate and thus keep it from getting too hot. Wood-only appliances do away with the grate as wood fires burn more efficiently on a bed of ash.

Do you live in a Smoke Control Area?

If you live in a Smoke Control Area you can only burn wood in a Defra approved stove. Under the Clean Air Act of 1993 it is an offence to burn wood or coal in a Smoke Control Area. These cover most cities and large towns, including most of Bristol and Bath. There are fortunately many models of Defra approved wood burners to choose from.

How big is the space you want to heat?

Stoves come in different sizes with different heat outputs, measured in Kilowatts. The output of the stove must be matched with the size of the room or rooms that you wish to heat. A rough rule of thumb is to multiply the height of the room in metres times the length and the width to calculate the volume of the room in cubic metres. Divide this result by fourteen to get a rough idea of the kilowatts necessary to heat the room. Factors such as the degree of insulation of the room and the position of the stove are important too.

What size is your fireplace opening?

If the stove is going to be recessed into a fireplace opening it must have sufficient clearance at the sides and back. Different stove manufacturers require different clearances so it is necessary to establish if a certain stove will “fit” in its intended location.

Is the stove going to sit on a wooden floor?

The thickness of the hearth can be an important consideration if the wood burner is going to be free standing in a room with a wooden floor. Certain models are approved for standing on a thin hearth on top of a combustible material where as others require a hearth thickness of 250mm.

For free, independent and friendly advice please contact us and we will come round at your convenience to chat about what stove would best suit your requirements and taste.