What is a DEFRA approved Stove and what dose it mean?
In the UK each local authority has designated several ‘smoke control zones’. In a Smoke Control zones it is illegal to burn wood in a stove which has not been approved by DEFRA for burning wood in smoke control areas. Therefore if you live in one of these areas and intend to burn anything other than smokeless fuel it would be highly recommended that the stove you purchase is approved by DEFRA for burning wood in a smoke control area (‘DEFRA approved’ for short).
Is my home suitable to have a wood burning stove?
Until we have made a visit to your home we simply don’t know, we recommend you give us a call to discuss your requirements and book your FREE home survey. From that survey we will be able to advise on whether your home can have a wood burning stove installed.
Which Stoves are best, Steel or Cast Iron?
When selecting a stove the question regarding the material from which the stove has been made from is always quite high on the list as this will affect the day-to-day running of the stove. A stove made from steel heats up very quickly, the down side to this is that it cools down quickly between refueling and will not give the same constant heat as a cast-iron stove. A stove made from cast-iron will take longer to heat up but should retain the heat for a longer period of time and not cool down between refueling. Cast-iron stoves are designed for prolonged use and are ideal if you are requiring heat all day long. If you purchase a quality branded cast-iron stove, then it will most certainly be more resilient to extreme heat than a steel stove and will not buckle if over fired and should out live any steel bodied stove.
Do I need my chimney lining?
Re-lining your chimney is dependant on two major factors. Is your chimney already lined? If it is already lined, how old is the lining? We will not install a stove until we have surveyed your existing chimney to see if it meets the current regulations. All our surveys are free, once we have surveyed your chimney we will recommend what cause of action is required.
Liners provide a correctly sized flue for optimum efficiency of appliances.
The chimney is responsible for not only allowing the products of combustion a passage out of the house, but the draft generated by the chimney also supplies the combustion air to the appliance. An incorrectly sized liner can lead to excessive soot build up in wood-burning stoves, and the production of carbon monoxide with conventional fuels.