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Buying a stove and installation

There are a few questions that you should ask yourself:

Your Budget

How much are you willing to spend – usually the more expensive, the better quality. At the high end you have Clearview, Morso, Jotul, and a few others built in the UK, such as Charnwood, Dunsley, AGA and Hunter /Clearburn, with cheaper makes and models. They all serve a purpose and this is one of the hardest parts of the decision process. Please see local Stove Suppliers page.

We suggest that you visit a showroom where you can get some advice. Although you can buy some of these stoves a little cheaper on the net, the advice you get from a shop is invaluable and the follow up service doubly so. Do not underestimate the value of customer support.

Other cost factors to consider -

  • What is the size of the room you wish to put it in?
  • Are you intending to heat just the room or beyond?
  • Is there an existing fireplace – more cost if not?
  • Is there and existing fireplace?
  • What size is the hearth?

Before you buy ask yourself

  • Why do you want a stove?
  • Do you have room for wood storage?
  • What do expect from your stove?
  • Do you have an idea what stove you would like?

A good place to also look is the Channel Four 4Homes site

Stove and Flue Installation:

Although it is not mandatory to fit a flue it is definitely advisable and recommended industry guidelines. You may also be breaching the conditions of your home insurance if the installation is not deemed ‘safe’. Its important to fit a stove and flue properly for a few reasons – safety is a big feature. A good reference document by HETAS can be found here.

 Safety reasons to install stove correctly:

  • Flue gases may leak into the home through gaps in the chimney masonry or brick/stone
  • The gases will condense inside the chimney leaching into masonry and causing damage
  • The condensate can catch fire and cause a chimney/house fire

 Other issues:

  • As the stove gases can be cooler when leaving the stove, the smaller flue is designed to create a better draw and therefore increased efficiency of the stove is realised
  • With correct fitting the flue will be lined with perlite or vermiculite (or similar) to insulate the flue. This reduces gas and tar seepage if there is a hole in the flue and further increase the efficiency of draw and therefore stove.

Most suppliers can install or recommend installers. Please see our Installers list

Installers should be accredited by HETAS http://www.hetas.co.uk

Annual Maintenance

It is advisable to get a good chimney sweep in annually to clean the flue. A good chimney sweep may also check over you stove and give the stove a service. A good chimney is essential to the continuing efficient and safe operation of all solid fuel burning heating and cooking appliances. HETAS recommends that chimney sweeping is best carried out by a HETAS Approved Chimney Sweep at least once a year. And further to this daily users may think about up to twice a year.

There is always a problem with finding someone accredited. We have put a list together of local chimney sweeps that have been recommended by clients and project participants. See our local Chimney Sweep list.

For more information on buying a stove please see the download 'A buyers guide to wood fuelled heating' from the Energy Savings Trust

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