a Warm­ing Wood burner

Start plan­ning it now and you could have your stove in place be­fore the weather turns

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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

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