Your questions answered…
Q Is a logburner easy to install and could I do it myself?
It is possible, but you’ll have to be confident and read up on exactly what you need to do, as a chimney has to be prepared and a flue positioned in the right place. There are loads of videos and tips online, but if you’d rather use a professional, ask when buying the burner if there are installation options available. Most companies will provide this for an extra cost. You can opt to have a Hetas-registered installer to come and survey the room and advise on the burner and flue positioning. They can then do the actual installation, leaving you ready to enjoy your new, cosy room.
Q before buying a logburner, what things do I need to consider?
Firstly the cost, which can range from £500 to £2,000; it’s quite an investment, but luckily one that will last. You will also need to consider whether you want to just heat one room or the whole house – you can look into the option of attaching it to
the central-heating system. Checking if you live in a smoke-controlled area is also important, as you might need to buy a Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) approved logburner. If this turns out to be too expensive, then consider burning smokeless fuels.
Q What types of stoves are available?
As well as the basic models, there are multifuel stoves, which look similar, but burn smokeless fuel, coal and pellets, as well as wood. There is a range of sizes and, in some cases, colours, although black or cream are the most popular. Be aware that all burners need to meet UK building regulations, such as how the flue is fitted.
Q Is there one to match a period home?
Yes, companies such as Stovax offer traditional styles that will look right at home, plus they will heat a room more efficiently than a traditional, open fire. However, make sure that you’re allowed to install one, especially if it’s a listed building.
Q Which features should I look for?
Firstly, check the heat output isn’t too much for your room, or you’ll end up with all the windows open when it’s in use! Look out for controllable vents or fans, which let you easily regulate the flow of air, and thus the temperature. Some stoves can swivel, meaning you can direct the heat to where you need it in the room. Also consider investing in a riddling plate, as this allows easy cleaning of ash.
Q How energy efficient are they?
Typically about three quarters of the heat will go into the room, which is much better than an open fire. You will also find that the generation of warmth from the burner will reduce your overall heating bills.
Q Are woodburners easy to maintain?
They will need regular cleaning, plus a yearly service is advised. If you have it linked to a chimney, ensure that the chimney is swept at the beginning and end of winter to avoid a build-up of tar and soot, which could damage the burner when not in use.
Q How should I clean it and do I need special products?
A regular clean of the stove and glass will keep it running efficiently. You can vacuum up the ash and use regular glass cleaner for the front, but a soft cloth and brushes are needed to prevent scratching the surface. Most retailers will sell care and maintenance products, plus they can also provide information about servicing.
Always put more than one log on the fire At A time, As one on its own won’t last long And the fire will die out
Try the stovax stockton 8, £979, gr8fires.co.uk, to recreate the look