You may not be think­ing about a stove in early au­tumn, but you should be – it’s time to buy one so you’re sorted for the colder months ahead

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Is my prop­erty suit­able for a stove?

If you are think­ing of open­ing up a sealed chim­ney breast in an old house, you will need to check that the chim­ney stack has not been re­moved or the chim­ney capped. The flue – the in­ner part of the chim­ney that con­veys smoke to the at­mos­phere – must be in good work­ing or­der. ‘In older prop­er­ties, it’s of­ten nec­es­sary to re­line the chim­ney with a flex­i­ble stain­less-steel flue,’ says Den­nis Mil­li­gan, head of com­mu­ni­ca­tions at the Stove In­dus­try Al­liance. If you want a sus­pended de­sign, it will need to be hung from a beam that sup­ports the weight of both stove and flue. It’s also im­por­tant to check whether or not you live in a smoke-con­trol area be­fore you buy your stove: if you do, you won’t be able to burn wood un­less you’ve bought a De­fra-ex­empt model.

How can I get it in­stalled?

In­stal­la­tion should be car­ried out by a HETAS reg­is­tered pro­fes­sional (, or for gas stoves, a Gas Safe reg­is­tered en­gi­neer. You should also in­form your build­ing con­trol of­fice, who may need to in­spect your stove.

How do I pick a stove?

When it comes to de­cid­ing your stove’s size and out­put, a sur­vey that cal­cu­lates room size can help you. The age of your home and the level of in­su­la­tion it has can also af­fect how ef­fi­ciently a stove works – how­ever, in spring and au­tumn, you of­ten won’t need your cen­tral heat­ing. ‘This is where a stove can save you a lot of money,’ ex­plains Mil­li­gan. If you de­cide to in­stall a boiler stove, this can also be used to heat your ra­di­a­tors and sup­ply you with hot wa­ter.

How do I main­tain my stove?

‘Re­move dust with a lint-free cloth, not pol­ish – and if the fin­ish gets dull in time, it can be re­sprayed with the man­u­fac­turer’s paint,’ says Tony In­gram, tech­ni­cal ser­vices man­ager at Morsø. ‘Have your stove ser­viced an­nu­ally and get the chim­ney swept once a year, too,’ adds Huw Wil­liams, sales di­rec­tor at Ch­es­ney’s.

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