ROOM EL­E­MENTS

WITH DE­SIGN-LED DE­TAIL­ING AND SU­PER-EF­FI­CIENT HEAT­ING, FIRES ARE WARM­ING UP HALL­WAYS, BED­ROOMS AND BATH­ROOMS, TOO

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Coun­try stoves for all through the house

STOVES ARE BREAK­ING FREE FROM TRA­DI­TIONAL LIV­ING ROOMS and can now be in­stalled in all man­ner of spa­ces, up­stairs and down. ‘Gone are the days when stoves looked like noth­ing more than a solid cast-iron black box. To­day, they are not only a great heat­ing so­lu­tion, they can also be a real fo­cal point,’ says Paul Ch­es­ney, Man­ager Di­rec­tor, Ch­es­neys.

THERE’S NO SHORT­AGE OF DE­SIGN OP­TIONS, from tra­di­tional cast-iron ver­sions on legs to curved steel mod­els on pedestal bases. Ex­tras can in­clude a warm­ing shelf or even a sim­ple oven for bak­ing the oc­ca­sional treat. For a seam­less look, an in­set stove slots neatly into a chim­ney breast. Some stoves are specif­i­cally de­signed for wood, which burns best on a bed of ash, but a mul­ti­fuel stove has a grate to let ash fall through, mean­ing it is suit­able for solid fuel, too.

DON’T LET THE LACK OF A CHIM­NEY pre­vent you in­stalling a stove. In­stead, an in­su­lated stain­less-steel chim­ney sys­tem can take gases safely out of the build­ing. And if your room can’t take a wood­burner, a gas or elec­tric stove is the next best thing.

COM­PARED WITH AN OPEN FIRE, which can send three-quar­ters of the heat up the chim­ney, a wood­burner is much more ef­fi­cient. Check with your stove sup­plier that the heat out­put, mea­sured in kilo­watts (kw), suits the size of the room and takes into ac­count any ra­di­a­tors. Make sure you use a He­tas-reg­is­tered in­staller (he­tas.co.uk) for a wood or mul­ti­fuel stove and a reg­is­tered gas en­gi­neer (gas­safer­eg­is­ter.co.uk) for a gas stove.

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