Think about these following things before you look for a stove
- Are you looking for a stove to use as a roomheater only or do you want a boiler for domestic hot water and/or full central heating?
- Do you have a chimney in the room?
- How old is the house?
- Are the windows double glazed?
- How many windows, doors, external walls?
- What is the size of room that you wish to heat? Is it open plan?
- What is there now? Is it a brand new installation or a replacement?
- Are there radiators in the same room?
The answers to all the above will help us establish the correct wattage and type of the stove. Now we go on to the look at the specific stove you prefer.
Delicate question - but what is your budget? Stoves vary in price from £250 to £4000 with the most popular sellers costing about £500-£1500. Bear in mind though that however much you spend on the appliance the liner or flue system can cost anything between £500 and £1500 on top of the purchase price of the stove.
What sort of look do you want, there are many different options:
- One door
- Two door
- Flat top
- Large glass area
Think about where its got to go, if you have a big inglenook that needs filling then there's no point choosing a physically small stove with a flat top or it wouldn't look right.
Even though people are getting more environmentally aware we very rarely have customers walk in and ask for the most efficient stove we sell. Most decisions are made on looks.
Practicalities of the appliance
How often will you use it?
Do you want to burn wood only or coal as well?
Have you got space to store wood? We can supply a lovely range of bespoke log stores if needed, that can be made to any size you require.
Have you got your own supply of logs or will you be buying it in? Small stoves need small logs so think about the size of logs you want to burn. Our recommended log suppliers can deliver pre cut seasoned logs to your specified size.
Wood logs are only meant to burn for 1.5 hours and as little and often is the best way to burn wood just think about the realities of running a stove. Coal will last longer so if you want to leave it for longer periods unattended then choose a multifuel burner.
Quite a few stoves we sell go in holiday cottages or rented properties, so think about cost of spares and replacement parts if you are the landlord responsible. Go for a stove that is simple to use and has fewer moving parts.
As you can see there is an awful lot to think about - if you need any more help, then feel free to come in and talk to us.