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Buying A Stove With The Right Output For Your Room

One problem we frequently come across here in the showroom are customers who either wish to or have bought stoves that are completely the wrong size for their home. We find most new potential stove buyers look to the physical size of the stove and how that relates to the opening it's going in, rather than the output and whether that's suitable for the room it's going in.

One of the first questions we ask a customer is ' What are your room dimensions?'
It's essential we know this (accurately too, not just 'oh about this big!') to go any further, for the following reasons.

A stove that's too small will have to be run at full tilt for prolonged periods of time, so not only will the room not be warm enough but you'll run the risk of overfiring and damaging the stove itself. With a stove that's too big one of two things tends to happen. One, you'll run the stove correctly but the room will be way too hot and you'll be sat there with the windows and doors open in December, dressed in your speedos or swimsuit! Two, you'll have small fires with the air controls turned right down. The stove won't run correctly, it will blacken the glass, choke up the chimney, smoke and you won't enjoy the clean burning efficiency for which stoves are renowned.

In lots of areas around the country and particularly in older houses, they may have had a range at one time or there may be a full sized inglenook. Often they can be in average sized rooms that don't require a stove with a huge output and physically a stove with a smaller output can look a bit 'lost' in these large openings. The way around this is to look to stoves that are wide side to side but narrow front to back often referred to as slimline stoves. This gives the appearance of a much bigger stove but without the large output. Stoves such as Yeomans Exe, Aarrow's i600Ecoburn Plus 5 Widescreen or Dunsley's Enviroburn Slimline stove are ideal for this situation.

Another point to consider is that in terms of practicality having as much hearth space as possible is a good thing. You'll need space for log's, companion sets, solid fuel buckets and the like.

Nowadays there seems to be a quite common belief that a stove can be bought to 'heat the entire house'. Now a stove may indeed take the edge off a cold house but you can't simply buy a huge stove and put it in a room that's way to small and expect to heat the whole house in a sufficient manner. The room it's situated in will be way to warm to sit in and it'll do a poor job of heating any other rooms as heat doesn't distribute evenly. Buy a stove to heat the room it's in, nothing more. Should the stove take the edge off the rest of the house then see it as a bonus.

Finally a note for those in Victorian houses, those with open stairways or just those with a generally high ceiling height is that you can often add a KW or two to the stove size room calculators that are featured on a lot of stove buying sites. Unfortunately a trait of these houses is that you have to accept that a good degree of heat is above your head and a slightly larger stove is needed to compensate for this.

If you are in any doubt as to what size stove you should go for then please call the showroom and speak to one of our advisors. A stove can last many years and it's essential you buy the right one.

You can use the Room Calculater on the stove pages of our website to help you determine roughly which kw output is required or you can use the following formulas:

When measuring in feet, multiply the height x width x length of the room and then divide the number by 400

When measuring in metres, multiply the height x width x length of the room and divide the number by 14

Article written by Ryan Brocklehurst

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