Multifuel and wood stoves come in various shapes, sizes and styles. With so many options available, knowing where to start is challenging when you’re ready to purchase one. So here are important questions to answer before buying one.
Question 1: What Stove Style Do You Want to Buy?
One of the most crucial decisions involving your stove is its design. This is the part you must look at every time you use it. So while it might seem like the easiest decision to make, the range of styles and materials available makes this choice much harder than you may think!
Traditional stoves are popular in many country homes and period properties and often add the finishing touch to a cosy living room setting. However, if you plan to place a stove in an open-plan or a modern living room area, you may want to buy a more contemporary stove style. Often, modern wood stoves are designed with more of a streamlined shape containing large viewing windows for guests to enjoy the roaring fire burning inside.
Question 2: Is Your Area Smoke-Controlled?
The following substantial question to ask when buying a multi-fuel or wood stove is whether you live in a smoke-controlled zone in the UK. If you don’t live in a smoke-controlled zone, you don’t have to worry about this concern as much. But if you do live in a smoke-controlled area of the UK, it is crucial that you only purchase a DEFRA-approved stove. Stoves that DEFRA has approved are cleared to burn authorised fuels in smoke-controlled areas in the UK.
UK smoke-controlled zones are usually limited to urban, town and city areas, but it is always essential to ensure your area is not included. You can contact your council directly to inquire about this or enter your postcode here to find out.
Question 3: What’s the Fuel You Use?
The stove you select is primarily influenced by the type of fuel you want to burn. Not all stoves can burn solid fuels, and some may only be able to burn correctly seasoned wood. It is essential to understand that wood stoves will only burn wood, so using any other fuel source will not work. On the other hand, multi-fuel stoves provide more flexibility for the user.
Multi-fuel stoves can burn wood and solid and smokeless fuels like coal, peat and anthracite. These make them perfect for homes located in smoke-controlled zones.
Question 4: What Are the Areas You Want to Heat?
You need a stove with the correct heat output, or ‘Kw’, for the room you want to put it in. Take note of the following pointers according to your home’s size:
- Smaller living spaces should have a heat output of no more than 5Kw.
- Medium to large rooms will need a stove with an output of 5Kw to 8Kw, depending on the size of the room.
- To heat your entire home or contribute to your boiler or central heating, you should buy a stove that is 8Kw or more.
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