Wood burning stoves provide a fantastic focal point to your living room, allowing you to create a warm, friendly and welcoming ambience. They also have many practical uses, allowing you to avoid rising heating bills or even cut them altogether. They are known by several different names including log stoves, wood stoves, log burners and wood burners. However, with such a wide array of stoves available on the market it is only too easy to get lost in the jargon and implications of acquiring a stove for your home. Here at East Midland Stoves we often face many questions revolving around wood burning stoves and what impact it will have upon you. That is why we have compiled a wood burning stove guide for you, allowing you to consider all aspects of purchasing that stove and why it could be such a fantastic addition to your home!
How Do Wood Burning Stoves Work?
Wood burning or log burning stoves are a form of heating appliance that burn wood and other wood derived products. They generally consist of a solid metal firebox (usually iron or steel) which is lined by fire brick with one or more air controls. This firebox is then connected by a ventilated pipe to a flue. These differ to multi fuel stoves in that multi fuel allows you to burn other types of fuel such as coal. Wood burning stoves provide a highly efficient, eco-friendly form of heating as wood is carbon-neutral. The burning of coal can be harmful to the environment.
What Fuel Is Suitable For Wood Burning Stoves?
Ideally the wood you burn needs to be of a good quality with a moisture content of less than 20%. When loading your stove it is essential to take care as throwing the firewood can result in damage to the fire bricks. To ensure the wood stays dry it must be suitably placed to be raised from the floor and ventilated from the front and sides. We provide suitable, seasoned firewood for sale directly from our showroom. For further maintenance and care tips check out our aftercare section!
Wood Stove Installation
Installing a stove in your home is no easy feat and we would heavily advise against doing this yourself unless you are fully competent and registered to do so. Unlawful stove installations are deemed illegal and many insurance companies will refuse to pay out on claims for fires that are caused by faulty or incorrect stove installations. The Heating Equipment Testing and Approval Scheme (HETAS) is the governing body for stove installations of solid fuel and biomass heating. For your stove to be fully registered it must be signed off by a registered HETAS installer. East Midland Stoves are fully registered and experts when it comes to all aspects of bespoke stove installation. To be completely sure in the competency of your installer look out for the HETAS logo.
Wood Burning Stoves Vs Multi Fuel Stoves
The decision of whether to purchase a wood burning or multi fuel stove is not an easy one to make. There are positives to each stove and it depends upon your requirements and circumstances. Log burners are fantastic when you have a readily available source of wood or wood derived fuel sources. As a fuel source it is also carbon-neutral so not only effective but also efficient. However, when you are more limited by way of fuel sources it may be a better option to acquire a multi fuel stove. They are more flexible, allowing you to burn more sources of fuel such as coal. This can however have an adverse effect upon the environment so must also be considered. You could also avoid solid fuel stoves altogether and opt for an electric or gas stove. These can be designed to look like a traditional stove but with the ease of switching it on or off. They are still efficient and excellent at heating your home.
A Few Tips
– Consider your circumstances when it comes to deciding your stove. If you have readily available sources of fuel and desire the traditional feel of a log burner this may be the choice for you. If you desire the traditional look but the ease of switching it on or off then gas or electric may be a better option.
– When installing your stove it is crucial to have it signed off by a fully registered HETAS installer. If not this is technically deemed illegal and can have severe implications upon insurance policies.
– Burn the fuel that is suitable for your stove. Log burning stoves must only use wood and wood derived products, whereas multi fuel stoves offer more flexibility and are capable of using more fuel sources such as coal.
– Chimney sweeping and maintenance is crucial to allow the safe and efficient combustion of your stove. Sweeping and maintenance clears potential blockages and obstructions and also allows potential issues such as leakages to be discovered.
Wood Burning Stove Guide
East Midland Stoves specialise in the installation of bespoke wood burning and multi fuel stoves. We are highly experienced in all aspects of fire safety and also provide a comprehensive chimney sweeping and maintenance service. Our team is based in Sapcote but we provide our services to a number of locations throughout the Midlands including Leicester, Derby, Nottingham and Coventry. We also provide a range of fireside accessories. If you are interested in installing a stove for your house get in touch with our expert team today!