The fireplace in your house not only looks lovely but also is a need of every household in London with the onset of the chilling winter. But buying a wood burning stove and stove installation of without enough information itself is a laborious and mundane task. A wood burning stove on an average, costs around £500 to well over £2,000 depending on the type and one shall consider many other factors besides price so that the stove suits your lifestyle. Here is a checklist you must follow before buying a wood burning stove in London.
- Fuel type:- Before you buy a stove you should make sure what kind of fuel is available and what kind of fuel you would like to use while burning you stove. You may either use the usual wood burning stove or opt for a multi-fuelled stove. A good multi-fulled stove is a one that has enough of space to let the air pass from beneath as well as from above so that both coal, wood or any other type of fuel can burn easily.
- Storage:- Storage of fuel needs plenty of room especially if you are burning logs. as per the reports for the average user per year, one needs about three to four cubic meters of space. The place of storage shall be a dry area that is accessible for the purpose of deliveries. Ideally, one should buy fresh logs that are still moist. Its better as you can try them yourself by next autumn. Hence you would need a space worth 2 years of storage.
- Fuel supply:- You must look for good fuel suppliers around so as to decide what kind of fuel would be available to you around the year. Knowing about the type of fuel source can help you the space you would need for storage and also the type of stove you should buy.
- Usage:- Before you buy a wood burning stove you must consider the number of rooms you would want to heat by the wood burning stove. Stoves are mostly used to heat only one room but you may also attach it to the central heating system so that you can use the stove to heat the whole house.
- Town regulations:- Before you buy a wood burning stove you must also consider the town or area regulations of the place you live, as a lot of towns and cities are smoke controlled areas. Hence you must get a Defra (Department for environmental, food and rural affairs) approved stoves to burn wood or a smokeless fuel stove. Smokeless stoves use fuels such as anthracite, on a multi-fuel stove.
Source: Embers Fireplaces and Stoves