Stove Installation questions
This will depend on the current construction of your chimney. We assess each job individually. For example if you have a 1970's house you will more than likely have a concrete block liner that if in good condition, should be adequate for your stove. If you have a large brick chimney, it is often advisable to line it. This increases the draught, which in turn makes your stove work better and lowers the risk of tar and soot build up (which can cause chimney fires).
Any home is suitable, or can be made suitable but you need to check if there are any planning restrictions or lease terms which restrict your options. If a house has a chimney, it is usually possible to fit a stove. If no chimney is present, a twin wall flue system can be built, either straight up and through the roof, or out through the wall and up the side of the building.
Height x width x depth (in metres) divided by 14. This is only an approximate figure and does not take into account the numerous other factors such as; the number of exterior walls, the construction and age of the building, how well insulated the property is..
Wood burning stoves have flat fuel beds because wood burns better on a flat bed of ash, with air for combustion coming from above. Multi fuel stoves are fitted with grates because coal and smokeless fuels need to burn on top of a grate, with air entering from beneath the fire and the remainder of the fuel falling through the bars. Multifuel stoves can burn wood too as they are also designed to allow you to build up a bed of ash upon which to burn logs should you wish.
A cast iron stove is slower to warm up but will radiate heat much more evenly, They hold their heat for a long time after the fire has been extinguished. Originally stoves made of steel were less expensive and less sophisticated than those of cast iron. Today many manufacturers are using a combination of materials to produce a high quality appliance which is both stylish and durable so the difference is really one of appearance; steel stoves tend to be of a more plain design and cast iron stoves tend to be heavier with more patterns in the design.
Yes but you will need to make sure your stove has been defra approved for burning in a smoke control area. Fortunately there is a growing supply of these from various manufacturers.