Before you Buy a Wood Burner Stove | Oak And Ash Home

Will I need a liner for my chimney?

This is not always necessary. Some newer houses may have a pre-installed pumice lining to their chimney.

This said, the parameters around which our stoves are designed, require precise dimensions which will optimise the fuel/energy KW ratio.

In other words more heat goes into your living space than up the chimney.

What is the difference between a woodburner and a Multifuel Stove?

Wood and Multi-fuel burners look the same, the difference is the fuel beds. Wood Burners have flat fuel beds because wood burns better on a flat bed of ash, with air for combustion coming from above. Multi fuel stoves are fitted with grates because coal and smokeless fuels need to burn on top of a grate, with air entering from beneath the fire whilst allowing fuel reminants to fall through the bars. Multifuel stoves give you the option to burn wood as they are also designed to allow you to build up a bed of ash making it suitable for burning wood.

What fuel can I burn?

If your stove is a multi-fuel model it will, of course, be able to burn either coal, Kiln dried or Seasoned wood, Smokeless fuels and peat. Before purchasing a fuel do check the manufacturers instructions which would inform you if any specific fuels are prohibited for use on that particular model.

It will be very important that any wood burnt is as dry as possible. Ideally this should be as little as 20-22% water content and is achieved by either kiln drying or being allowed to season for at least two years in a dry airy position.

Burning unseasoned timber will result in tar and soot deposits building up on the glass and lining of your stove and will considerably shorten the life of the lining in your chimney. Added to this, unseasoned timber will release less heat because any energy must first evaporate any water content.

Where can I obtain suitably seasoned fuel?

We can provide all your fuel requirements and generally have it
delivered within three working days.

We also have a loyalty card available for in-store purchases.

Do you offer a chimney sweep service?

We don’t but we can recommend some superb services in the Leicestershire area.

How often should I have my chimney swept?

Every eight to twelve months would keep your chimney liner in good condition and prolong the life of your liner.

Please be aware that burning wet or unsuitable fuel will require a greater frequency of chimney cleaning.

Will my stove be adequate to heat my living space?

It is important when choosing your stove to take into consideration, not simply the size of the room, but also other factors. For instance, how many doors and windows open into the space and how well insulated the room is.

As a general rule of thumb 1kw output will heat 143m. To ascertain the cubic volume of your room the calculation is (width x length x height) / 14.

Can I use my stove in a smokeless zone?

If you live in a smokeless zone only smokeless fuel can be burned unless your stove has DEFRA approval in which case wood would be acceptable.

Many of our stoves on view in our showroom are DEFRA approved.

Why do I need a Carbon Monoxide Detector?

Building Regulations which were introduced in October 2010 require that Carbon Monoxide alarms are fitted in a room wherever there is a solid fuel burner.

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