We offer surveys that will help you get more information to establish what product you can have to be installed and a quotation for the installation.
Please note: We are not able to quote for installations or give approximate costs over the phone. For a quotation for installation and components required a survey must be carried out.
£40.00 Survey charge is fully refundable by Installation
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To work efficiently and safely, all wood burning and multi-fuel stoves require air tight, correctly fitted and insulated flue systems with chimney terminals capable of clearing products of combustion skywards and swiftly away from the building. Installing one is not a job for the amateur. Old masonry chimneys in period houses which have previously been used for open coal fires, are likely to be porous, leaky or breached. This can affect the pull of the chimney and emit smoke, dangerous fumes, carbon monoxide and other products of combustion into your property. Breached brickwork and previous inappropriate building alterations can also allow flames and raw heat near combustible materials, all leading to possible disastrous and fatal consequences. Regulations are quite specific on the required tests for chimney flues prior to legal commissioning and signing off by HETAS engineers or Local Authority Building Control Officers. Without compliance you may not have any house insurance cover.
Flexible Flue Liner
How to choose a stove
There are many things to consider when choosing a stove. Quality issues are of course important and this is one of the reasons that Whatstove stove reviews should be useful.
What do you want the stove for? Perhaps you want some cosy secondary heating. Here the look of the stove will be very important, with as large a view of the flames as possible. Maybe rising fuel prices are making you think of heating your whole house with wood using a stove with a backboiler. One of the main considerations here will then be what sort of output the stove has. Remember to ask your supplier what the max output is - only the nominal outputs are now listed and these figures are usually useless because of flaws in the way the test is done - so ask a stove expert about sizing your stove. Some people will want a range cooker stove that you can cook on, with an oven and the ability to provide hot water. If you like in a smoke control area (most UK cities) and would like to heat with wood you will need to choose a stove approved for burning wood in smokeless zones.
What sort of look do you want?
Stoves are generally traditional looking. You may want a stove which is rectangular and fairly low; a contemporary and tall stove with a very large window; or a stove that is somewhere in between.
Should you choose a multifuel or woodburning stove?
A multifuel stove has a grate which means you can burn coal or wood. A dedicated woodburning stove will generally not have a grate because wood burns best on a bed of ash. A dedicated woodburner will generally burn wood more efficiently than a multifuel stove although this is not always true. Remember that coal is a fossil fuel - burning coal results in the release of a lot of CO2 which drives climate change - the responsible choice if practical would be to choose a dedicated woodburner so you are not tempted to burn coal.
Cast iron or steel?
Historically steel was once a poor material for stove manufacture so you would end up with warped steel stoves. However steel quality has now greatly improved so there really is not that much in it anymore. In some cases cast iron stoves are built more heavily than steel stoves and may have the quality edge.
Smoke Control Areas
Most town and city homes are located in Smoke Control Areas as designated by the Clean Air Act 1993.
To burn logs on a stove in these locations,the model installed must have been granted exemption from the regulations by the government through DEFRA.
This exemption is given only to appliances which have been independently tested to demonstrate particularly cleanburning combustion.
Otherwise, you may only burn smokeless fuels on a multi fuel stove within a Smoke Control Area.