WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU BUY:
Save yourself some time and money – talk to us before you buy, as we may be able to give you some useful advice in relation to your needs, your possible solutions and of course, your budget. We may even think of things that you have not. These are just some of the factors to consider before you buy a stove or boiler.
THE SPACE YOU INTEND HEATING
Is it just one room or is it the whole house?
Obviously if it’s just one room then it is a stove you will be looking for.You will need the measurements of this room, length by width by ceiling height in order to work out the heat output of the stove you will need. We have a little stove calculator to help give you an idea.
If you are looking to heat more than one room but not the whole house, you may be looking for a something like a double-sided stove or a ducted stove. A double sided stove as the name suggested has two stove fronts and can be located in a central wall so that it can heat two rooms at once.
A ducted stove is a stove that is located in one room and then through a series of ducts or pipes to vents can heat up to two more rooms. You will need the measurements of both of these rooms or the total area that you intend heating and then use the stove calculator to give you an idea of the size stove you may need.
If you are looking to heat the whole house then you have the option of a boiler stove or a boiler. A boiler stove is usually glass fronted and will give some heat to the room that it is in, as well as having a built in boiler to heat radiators and domestic hot water. A boiler will not be glass fronted, and will solely heat radiators and domestic hot water. These are typically free-standing appliances, and can be located either in a utility or external shed depending on output, space and fuel type. Boilers can be used in conjunction with a buffer tank for solar water heating. The calculation for the size of your boiler is more complicated than just the area of your home. We can come visit your home to assess your heating needs, and give you a recommendation.
No matter what space you are planning to heat you will need to know the measurements of the area of this space, as well as other factors such as the type of insulation and the amount of insulation used, ceiling heights, the number of windows and so on. You can see a little bit more about this in our frequently asked questions section.
WINDOWS AND INSULATION
The insulation that you have in your home will affect the output that you will need for your stove. The more insulation you have, then the more energy efficient your home will be, and therefore the lower the heat output that you will need. Also the number of windows you have will affect the output of the stove. In the days of timber framed or metal windows, single or even double glazed – these are considerably less efficient than the triple-glazed windows of today.
Fuel needs a certain amount of air in order to burn and so for a stove to operate efficiently it needs a flow of air, known as a draught. This can be affected by the height of the chimney or flue and how air-tight the room is. This air can come from vents in the room. With increased insulation and air-tightness, stove manufacturers are adding ‘central air intake’ inlet to stoves which can then be connected to a duct in the wall connected to the outside, so that no increased air comes into the room other than that required by the stove, and therefore will not add to the heat-loss of the room. It’s interesting to note that the size of the ‘central air intake’ is significantly smaller than say the internal diameter of a flue or chimney, so the overall heat loss to the room is not affected.
THE TYPE OF FUEL YOU INTEND TO USE
Maybe you have your own wood, which as you can imagine is best when dried out and stored in a dry place. It is important that you keep your fuel in a dry storage area, as high moisture content reduces the efficiencies of your fuel. Maybe you have your own biomass, such as grain. This can also be used as a fuel and we supply boilers that can burn these products. Take a look at the ME series or the M series of boilers from Twin Heat.
We can deliver to you any of the fuels you may need. We stock chopped logs, kiln dried logs, wood briquettes, and bagged wood pellets, which we deliver nationwide.
How will the stove look in your home? Will it suit the room? All questions that are really personal to your own tastes but there is such a broad range of different styles and designs, that you are sure to find the stove that will suit you just right.
We also have a frequently asked questions section for the questions that we are regularly asked. But don’t worry if you can’t find the answer that you are looking for, we can help. If you want, you can arrange for us to call to your home for a quotation, and then we will consider all of these things as they are relevant to your needs.