Now that the clocks have gone back and the evenings are drawing in, it is a good time to make provision for the coming winter. As the days and nights turn cooler, there is nothing better than being able to sit around a real fire to keep warm. If you are thinking of buying a woodburning stove, either as a new installation or to replace an old stove, here are a few things worth considering:
- If you live in a smoke controlled area you will need to buy a woodburning stove which is DEFRA approved.
- Most stoves come with a guarantee of 5-10 years, but in most cases that guarantee will only cover the outer casing (or firebox). Things like the fire bricks (rear and side plates inside the stove) will not be covered. If any of these crack or warp they will need to be replaced so it is worth making sure that spares are readily available and can be easily fitted.
- It is a good idea to have the flue swept regularly, usually once a year, to ensure there are no blockages. Make sure the flue is easy to access and clean. Some stoves are easier to clean than others.
- Similarly, where the flue meets the stove, there are a couple of options: either a T-piece which collects soot at the bottom of the flue; or a combination of 2 x 45 degree bends. Each has its advantages so it is best to discuss this with your supplier before installation.
- Which way does the door open? Depending on where you plan to keep your logs, you may want a stove which opens to the right rather than the left.
- How good are the vent controls? Vent controls come in a variety of guises – some at the front, some on the side. Some stoves have levers and some have wheels. It’s worth looking at some stoves in a showroom and trying the controls for yourself.
- How good is the airwash system? The glass on a stove door can be easily cleaned but some will stay cleaner for longer than others, depending on how good the airwash system is, so this is worth a bit of research.
- Style. Think about whether a traditional / old-fashioned look or a more contemporary look would be most appropriate for your room.
- Use a professional installer. Make sure your stove is installed by someone who is suitably qualified. The HETAS website can be a good place to find registered installers.
- Finally, buy your woodburning stove from a company you can trust which offers great after-sales care.
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