Choosing a Stove
Cheshire Stoves have a fantastic team of experienced professionals who install to all of Staffordshire and Cheshire and are able to help with all your queries, and you will have the knowledge that there is always somebody here to help!. Please use the information below to help you make your choice.
There are many styles of stoves available, from inset stoves that sit in a standard British chairbrick (minimising building work), to freestanding stoves that can be situated anywhere.
There are many designs available from traditional to modern, so it can be a matter of personal preference and choosing one to fit your room style.
There are two main material options available cast iron or welded steel. There is no heating performance difference between them so the decision has to do with aesthetics and price. Graceful curves and artistic relief patterns make cast iron stoves pleasing to the eye, rather like fine furniture for home heating. You’ll pay a premium price, though, and cast stoves do need to be rebuilt every few years to seal the joints between panels so that air leakage will not allow the fire to burn out of control. Welded steel stoves are plainer, but cost less.
In terms of durability, there is not much difference these days. Cast stoves used to have the edge because any part that failed from heat stress could be replaced. But now, having learned their lessons, the reputable steel stove makers have designed their products so that the highly-stressed internal parts are replaceable. This is one area to watch out for when shopping. Sometimes cheap stoves are not designed for years of continuous winter use, and key parts may be welded in, so it is wise to ask the dealer to show you which parts are replaceable.
Size of Stove
The size of stove to choose is very important so there is enough heat to warm the room without making your room uncomfortably hot.
Heat output of a stove is measured in Kilowatt Hours (kwh), and the required kwh rating is determined by the size of the room. To estimate the stove kwh needed, use the following calculation measuring in metres: