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Discover everything you need to know about electric, gas, multi fuel and wood burning stoves in our comprehensive guide.

Estimated reading time: 10 minutes

What is a stove?

A stove is a heating appliance which creates heat when burning a fuel. Used to heat a space, items placed upon it or inside it.

There are many different types of stoves each best fitted to work a purpose depending on the preference of the user. Stoves provide a straight forward means of heating a space and cooking.

They can be used as an interior design statement, with many different designs available on the market, to add a cosy feeling to your home. A stove can also help save money on heating bills as they are a cost effective, renewable method of heating a home compared to other means.

Finally, with the introduction of more outdoor living, patio heater stoves are now being used outdoors in all seasons.

Stove Types

There are 4 types of stoves; gas, electric, multi fuel and wood burning. Each hold different pros and cons. The most commonly installed stove type is the wood burning stove. Over 60% of households have a wood burning stove installed!

What you should consider when choosing a stove:

The different types of stoves are explored in greater detail in the sections below:

Wood Burning Stoves

Wood Burning Stoves are the most common stove type. They are a very efficient renewable heating source. Turning a house into a home, there is nothing better than curling up in front of a cosy warm fire along with family and friends. The warming glow of the wood burner simply adds a mesmerising addition to any home.

Contura i4 Wood Burning Stove

Large selection of contemporary and traditional styles. Inset or free standing wood burning stoves in a variety of colours and styles.

Eco Design Stoves

Eco Ready Design is due to be implemented on January 1st 2021. A step to combat pollution and produce cleaner air according to DEFRA. View more on Eco design ready stoves.

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Eco design ready stove

Wood burning stoves have been optimised to meet eco design regulations for 2022.  

Multi-fuel Stoves

Multi fuel stoves allow you to switch between using different types of fuel. Wood, coal or smokeless fuel. We have a large range of versatile modern and traditional Multi-fuels stoves which can be inset or free standing. Multi Fuel stoves are a highly efficient way of heating your home.

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Charnwood Arc 7 Multi Fuel Stove

Multi fuel stoves can save you money on your heating and adds an amazing focal point to any room. View our range of high quality multi fuel burning stoves from Charnwood, ACR Stoves, Stovax, Yeoman, Bullerjan and many more! We have traditional and contemporary multi burner stoves starting at less than 5KW available in cast iron or steel in a range of styles, sizes and colours, so there’s something for every home. We also have DEFRA approved multi fuel stoves for an even more environmentally-friendly option.

Large range of multi fuel stoves that come in many different colours and styles. Contemporary or traditional. Free standing or inset.

Electric Stoves

Electric Stoves are easy to install and use. They can produce a realistic flame effect which adds a cosy feel to any room in your home. Whether free standing or inset, you can install an electric fire into a space where there is not chimney. Easy to run with instant heat.

British Fires Bramshaw Electric Stove

Moreover, every electric stove that we sell are of high quality and boast a exceptionally realistic log effect or coal effect heater with a chimney or flue system. Electric stove are suitable for rooms with limited space that are in need of a secondary heat source.

Electric stoves with realistic flame effects available. Contemporary and traditional variants in stock. Free standing or inset.

Gas Stoves

We have a large range of excellent value traditional and modern designed gas stoves that come in either a log or coal effect. Available in cast iron and steel, gas stoves are an amazing hassle free way of heating your home.

Easy to control given that they come with a remote control. We have gas log burners for conventional flues, balanced flues and twin wall systems, as well as flue less gas stoves for properties without a chimney, so there really is something for every home.

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Gazco Huntingdon 40 Gas Stove

A gas stove is perhaps an ideal option if you want the stunning look of a real log burner yet do not want the effort of cleaning and maintaining the stove on a regular occurrence. At Bonfire Stoves and Fireplaces we supply and install many high quality manufacturers including Gazco, Yeoman, Hunter, Parkray and many more.

Large selection of gas stoves available that come in different contemporary and traditional specs, colours and styles. Free standing or inset.

Stove Manufacturers

There are many stove manufacturers around the world that produce high quality stoves with a range of gas, electric, multi-fuel and wood burning fuel types.

It can be tricky trying to find the best brand for your requirements. This is because manufacturers offer varying types, designs, and uses, so choosing the right one is imperative.

Some of the most popular stove manufacturers:

  • Charnwood – Classical looking stoves
  • Contura – Contemporary designed wood burning and multi fuel stoves.
  • ACR – Eco designed wood burning and multi fuel stoves.

How to install a stove

Installing a stove should be left to a professional registered installer. It is advised to get a HETAS installer for solid fuel stoves.

Every stove installation must comply with building regulations in the UK, meet distance to combustibles and manufacturers instructions.

Failure to do so will jeopardise your house insurance and can prolong the sale of your house.

How to service a stove

A stove should be serviced once a year to make sure it is safe and complies with current building regulations. Many manufacturers will only accept a warranty claim if your stove has been serviced by a professional.

It is recommended to get a registered HETAS or Gas Safe registered engineer to service your appliance so that they can officially document it. A chimney sweep will also be able to service your stove.

A stove can take quite a beating over time and so it is essential to get it serviced yearly. A stove is like a boiler in the sense it needs to be serviced regularly to get the most out of it and make sure it is operating as it should safely.

Time needed: 1 hour and 30 minutes.

How to service a stove:

  1. Empty stove contents

    Hoover out contents between gaps leaving a little bit of ash on the fuel bed. Large ash buildup is not good for your stove and it can make it age drastically and distort components when it gets hot.

  2. Check or replace fire bricks

    Fire bricks surround the inside of the stove and should be checked for damages as they will hinder the performance of the stove. Fire bricks are not covered under manufacturers warranties. They can be purchased online through your stove dealer or online manufacturer.

  3. Clean the glass

    Use stove glass cleaner for best results otherwise you can use malt vinegar using a non abrasive cloth. Glass can go black overtime and distort the view of the flames. Most stoves have a built in Airwash system which cleans the glass automatically.

  4. Check or replace rope seal

    Heat resistant rope is used to create a tight seal around the door and prevent any smoke from escaping. The rope can loose its original shape and begin to fray over time making your stove less efficient. Check for damage and replace if needed. New heat resistant stove rope can be purchased online fairly cheaply and fitted by the stove user.

  5. Clean baffle / throat plate

    A common spot for ash or soot build up is near the baffle or throat plate which are located at the rear and rear top of the stove. This build up can make your stove less efficient as it can block the flue and can be dangerous. Soot and ash are flammable materials and could potentially create a house fire. We recommend checking this before every fire.

  6. Check exterior of the stove

    Check for any rust to the body of the stove and deal with it quickly otherwise it could get worse. Use a wire wool brush to remove the rust area and re-apply stove paint. Manufacturers colour matched stove paint can be purchased through the manufacturer or dealer online. Furthermore, check that your stove hasn’t moved since its install and that your exposed flue is clamped and connected sufficiently. If you have a cowl, this can also be checked to make sure it is securely attached. Contact your stove installer if you have a problem.

  7. Get your chimney swept

    You should get your chimney swept at least twice a year depending on how much you use it by your local chimney sweep. Failure to do so will jeopardise your house insurance. A build up of creosote can be a big problem and put you at risk of chimney fires. The stove won’t perform as it should and won’t be as efficient.


How to use a wood burning stove?

Open the door to your stove and create a Jenga stack of kindling in the centre, place a firelighter at the bottom of the stack and ignite it directly with matches or a lighter. Newspaper can be used to help if you’re having problems. Gradually add small logs or wood briquettes to the side of the fire allowing air to pass through so that you do not choke the fire. When the fire is at a stable level open the stoves heating adjustments to allow a larger air flow. Add more fuel as required to keep it lit.

What is the difference between multi fuel and wood burning stoves?

With a wood burning stove you can only burn wood or log briquettes. A multi fuel stove has incorporated different fuel beds that enable it to use wood and coal.

Why is my stove not drawing

For a stove to draw properly the flues air has to be at room temperature. This is so the fires warmth doesn’t hit the cold air pocket and fall straight back down into your room. Especially noticeable on colder days. A small kindling fire for around 10-20 minutes can eradicate this problem. You can even use a hair dryer for around 5 minutes to clear the cold air in the flue.

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