Types of Wood Stove

There are two basic types of stove. Wood only and dual fuel (or multi-fuel). A dual fuel stove will take either coal or wood whereas a wood only stove should only be used with wood. This is because the construction is not designed to take the extra stresses of coal which burns in a different manner to wood. Please remember that burning wood is much kinder to the environment than burning coal, but if you have a massive coal pile a multifuel stove will allow you to switch between the two.

Both wood only and multi fuel stove types will burn better (i.e. more fiercely and more efficiently) than an open fire.

In a stove, there is less direct heat projected forward when the glass door is shut so you would not feel so much of the immediate scalding warmth that you get from sitting near an open fire. However, the body of the stove heats up and radiates warmth in all directions for a much longer period.

There are differences in style between stoves, such as old box (pictured top left) and pot bellied stoves, or sleek new units that would fit better in a modernist room.

Wood stove makers

Some well known brands you will doubtless come across include Aarrow Fires, Charnwood, Clearview, Dunsley Heat, Esse, Firebelly, Firefox, Jetmaster (5), Morso, Pevex, Stovax, Tiger and Woodwarm

We opted for a traditional box design woodburing stove. These are generally made of either cast iron or forged steel. Cast iron is very heavy and so many manufacturers prefer steel. Both materials are very durable.

The manufacturer we choose was Stovax who also produce Wall Mounted and Built-in Fires, Fire Baskets, Fireplace Mantels and Surrounds plus accessories such as fire irons.

After two years of use (as of January 2009) we are very happy with the unit itself which is a Stockton 4 with a maximum heat output of 4 kW. This is plenty for our living room.


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