What’s the difference between a dry or wet stove?
Dry systems are generally designed to provide heat directly into the room in which they are installed. The appliance is attached to the property via a flue that leads out to the chimney. Wet stoves have integral boilers that are attached to water tanks. These generate part or all of the heat required for a household’s hot water needs. Wet systems can be used in conjunction with solar power, using a stove for heating and hot water in the winter months and solar power in the summer.
Consider what fuel you want to use; wood fuel, solid fuel or multi-fuel stove?
A wood fuel stove is designed to run exclusively on firewood (or other solid biomass fuels). To get an efficient burn using logs, you should either buy seasoned logs from a reputable (or HETAS certified) supplier, or season them yourself for a period of up to two years. Firewood should be sheltered in an environment that has plenty of air-flow, in order to help the wood dry effectively over time.
A solid mineral fuel stove is designed to run on fuels such as anthracite. A multi-fuel stove will run on either solid fuel or wood fuel. These appliances may burn wood fuels with a greater gross efficiency than solid mineral fuels and vice versa. If you are planning to buy a multi-fuel stove with the intention of running it primarily on one fuel, this is key.
Choose the perfect style for you
This is the fun bit. There are so many makes, styles and colours to choose from. It is important to research all your options and if possible go and have a look at the stove in a showroom. You need to bear in mind that many shops have a small range of stoves or align themselves to specific brands. For this reason have a good look around or go to an installation company that is not tied to a limited range. We have a large variety of stoves available and are more than happy to advise from our experience what we think might suit your needs best. We have fitted over 500 stoves and fireplaces in the last 4 years and can show you many examples.
Choose the right company to install your wood burner
The cost of the installation is very similar whichever company you choose and the cost of the stove or burner itself comes down to your budget. However, the real differentiator is the service and the expertise that you can receive. We pride ourselves on gaining 95% of its business from word of mouth. We not only listen, advise and help our customers make their choices but we install their stove efficiently, set it up and show them how to use it, offer some top tips and service it in the future.