a Warming Wood burner
Start planning it now and you could have your stove in place before the weather turns
Fit a fire in time for the colder weather
Feeding your stove Freshly-cut timber could cause a chimney Fire, so make sure logs are Fully dried out
We’re hot for wood burners – eco-friendly and efficient, they’ll give your living space an attractive focal point into the bargain. Follow our buying advice, and yours should last a lifetime.
QCan I have a stove? A woodburning stove can be installed pretty much anywhere, but if you live in a smoke control area, you will need to choose a model that is listed as exempt by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. To find out if you live in a smoke control area, what rules may apply, and for a list of exempt stoves, visit smokecontrol.defra.gov.uk.
QWhat is a multi-fuel stove? A multi-fuel stove is similar to a wood-burning stove in looks and design. Multi-fuel refers to the ability of the stove to burn wood and also coal, wood pellets or peat. Stoves that have a grate for the fire to burn on and a removable ash pan are usually considered multi-fuel stoves.
QWhat output do I need? it’s crucial that your stove generates the right amount of heat for your space – if it’s too powerful or not powerful enough, smoke and tar will build up, causing all sorts of damage. To estimate the output you’ll need in kw, multiply the height, width and length of the space (in metres), then divide by 14. However, bear in mind that double-glazing, ventilation and cavity wall insulation can all affect this figure, so check it with your installer before you buy.
Qdo I need a flue? yes – all wood burning stoves need a flue to allow emissions to escape. Building regulations currently require a flue height of 4.5m, so if you’re installing a stove in a single-storey space, you could end up with your flue sticking out above the roof! Homes built after 2008 will also need air vents in the room, measuring 550sq mm for every kw of stove output. older properties only usually require air vents for wood burners with an output of over 5kw.
QCan I install a wood-burning stove myself? Technically, yes, but your local building control officer must sign off the work. We’d recommend that you have your stove installed by a heating engineer registered as a Competent Person in a governmentapproved scheme such as HETAS.
Let your stove be the centre of attention