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Stoves

July 20, 2013

hi fire fondo stove by marcarch design

Stoves are very versatile heating appliances that have become very popular in recent years. If flueless they can be located practically anywhere in a room, although they are typically located in existing fireplaces or against outside walls if they have a balanced-flue. A recent trend has to been to create a two sided fire in a room divider as shown in the photo above.

Stove can either run on multifuel (coal, smokeless fuel or wood), wood-pellet, natural gas, LPG, oil or electricity. Stove with ‘clean burn’ technology burn more efficiency than those without and models with ‘air-washed’ vision panels require less cleaning than those without.

Some Wood-pellet Stoves include a hopper on a timer so they you can keep the stove going for up to three days without needing to top it up. Pellets themselves tend to be inexpensive, but supply can be an issue. Also pellet stoves can be more expensive than multifuel models.

Multifuel Stoves are supplied with a grate suitable for burning coal, smokeless fuel or logs. A log-burning stove needs to be de-ashed once a week while solid fuel stoves need to be de-ashed or cleared out daily. Solid fuel stoves burn hotter and have larger diameter flues than other types of stoves. The size of a stove determines the amount of heat given out by the unit and generally the bigger the unit the greater the heat output. Some stoves come complete with back boilers to connect directly to your central heating system.

Electric Stoves are more of a decoration than a serious source of heat and contain electric fan heaters and electric flame-effect displays.

Gas-powered or oil powered  stoves sometimes have ceramic logs or coals in them to boost their visual appeal. In general oil-fired stoves are more complex than multifuel stoves and may need servicing every six months.

Tip: You can open the doors on wood stoves but not on pellet, oil or gas models.

Finishes
Stoves can be made from cast iron, enameled steel or stainless-steel.

Cast iron remains one of the most popular materials for stove construction. It is resilient to heat and easy to enamel in different colours. On the downside it is heavy and fragile if dropped.

Steel-bodied stoves are typically less expensive than cast iron stoves.

Tip:  If your stove is going to be connected to the same pipework as your radiators you will need to make sure that it is made from a non-ferrous material otherwise it may cause your radiator pipes to rust.

Also …… Technical Information on Fires and on Fireplaces

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