Which Wood Burning Stove is right for me?

Wood burning stoves are on the rise. Fuelled by their aesthetic charm, cost-effectiveness, and, more likely than not, a healthy dollop of nostalgia, homeowners in the country, city, even suburbia have shunned gas, electric and bioethanol stoves for their wood burning counterparts.

The attractions of wood burning stoves are evident. However, there is still some misconception around what homeowners need to consider before deciding to install one in their home.

With few areas of your home that appear lonelier than an empty exposed brick fireplace, installing a wood burning stove could add the finishing touches to your interior décor or create a focal point from which friends can gather. So, if you’re considering installing a wood burning stove this autumn or winter, here’s everything that you need to know before putting your hands in your pocket.

The Differences Between Stoves

Let us state the obvious, not all stoves are the same. Knowing the differences between them will have an impact on which stove you ultimately install. Of course, size and design will factor into any decision you make, but there’s so much more to consider.

You can even choose the fuel source that best suits you. There’s nothing like a wood burning stove, but that’s not your only option. Multi-fuel, wood, even biomass stoves are equally popular. Before you decide which stove is right for you, make sure you understand the merits – and drawbacks – of each.

The Cost of Installing a Stove

For many people, cost is the primary consideration when deciding to install a stove in their home. The average cost of installing a wood burning stove can range from £1,500 – £2,700, depending on the type of stove you choose, if your home has a chimney, hearth or backplate, and how much the labour costs.

For instance, if your home doesn’t have a chimney, you’ll have to have a chimney system installed. On average this will cost an extra £2,000. Even if you have a chimney, you may find that it needs to be lined or swept prior to installation, and this can cost as much as £1000.

If you have budget to stick to then below you’ll find a table of roughly how much each aspect of the installation will cost you.

 

 

Installation and Products

 

 

Cost

Average installation without chimney £1700
Average installation with chimney £2200
Chimney sweep and liner £950
Hearth £200
Backplate £50
Chimney cowl £70
CO detector £20
HETAS Installation and certificate £300

 

The cost is roughly broken down as:

  • 60% for materials and equipment
  • 35% for labour
  • 5% for clean-up

Again, installation time frames depend on the individual installation. However, a standard stove installation is usually completed in 1-2 days. A full renovation can take anywhere between 5-7 days to complete.

Remember, when installing your stove, you must comply with building regulations. A good contractor will be able to inform you of what you can and can’t do and sign-off the work and give you a certificate to demonstrate that the work has been completed to all requisite regulations.

Where to Install Your Burning Stove

Where you choose to install your stove is up to you. However, we’d recommend that you choose the room where you spend the most time – why would you install the stove in the dining room if you’re never in there?

Most people choose to install their stove in either the kitchen or living room. Why? These are the rooms where people congregate. Rooms that face the sun most of the day will retain more heat, as will rooms with fewer windows, doors, or have better insulation, therefore they may not be the best environments to install your wood burning stoves. Getting the best use out of your investment in a stove will make you feel happier and that it was worth the cost to buy.

Ventilation in the Room

Wood burning uses a lot of oxygen. Therefore, you need to make sure that wherever you install your stove has adequate ventilation so that the stove has sufficient oxygen supply. Newer homes have a different design specification that older homes – and some would argue that they are better insulated too.

Conversely, older homes can be quite draughty, something that can restrict heat from filling the room, regardless of whether you use a stove or central heating to warm the environment. The age of the house could also affect ventilation. Some old houses offer sufficient air supply to rooms so that ventilation wasn’t needed.

If you have any questions about how much ventilation you’ll need, make sure to ask the retailer – you don’t want to buy a stove only to be told that it cannot be installed and used safely because of a lack of heat.

Don’t Try and Install It Yourself

For some, it may be tempting to save hundreds or even thousands of pounds and install the stove yourself. Unless you have the requisite experience and expertise, we recommend that you don’t try and install it.

An ill-fitting stove can be a fire risk. But, just as worryingly, it can also release carbon monoxide into your home. When breathed into your lungs, carbon monoxide deprives your heart, brain, and other organs of oxygen.

Treat a stove installation like you would any other kitchen appliance and call the professionals to make sure that it’s installed safely, adhering to all building regulations. You need to make sure that your stove installation adheres to Part J of UK building regulations, Part F of Scotland’s regulations and Part L in Northern Ireland.

Installing a stove is a great way to save money, improve the interior aesthetic of your home, even do your bit for the environment. But there are a few things that you need to know before installing one. Interested in learning more? Call us today on 0333 300 1299 and we’ll be able to answer any questions you have.

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