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Stoves at The Fireplace Wigan

Before selecting a stove there are many things to consider. The type of fuel you wish to use will be a main consideration which will point you down several different avenues.

Multifuel stoves have the most authentic look but fitting & installation can often be costly and outweigh any perceived cost savings on the fuel. If a stove is specified as multi fuel then it can burn a number of different fuel types including wood, coal, coke, peat, anthracite and smokeless fuels. Some towns and cities of the UK are designated smoke control areas and prohibit the burning of smoke producing fuels such as wood. In such circumstances, stoves can still be used if they burn smokeless fuels or gas. However, if you live in a smoke controlled area and still want the freedom to burn wood you can use a DEFRA approved cleanburn stove. These stoves are specially designed to burn wood whilst producing lower smoke emissions.

Gas is the cheapest, cleanest and most controllable option with flueless versions available should you not have a class 1 chimney or it isn't working properly. Flueless stoves are an ideal solution for heat in a conservatory.

The cheapest option to create "the look" is electric but they are the most expensive to run where heat is required. However an electric stove can give you a wonderful ambience without heat which is a huge advantage where a secondary source of heat isn't required.

All stoves should be installed by registered Gas Safe, HETAS & competently trained fitters. They are NOT a DIY job!

Multifuel Stoves

We can supply a large selection of multifuel & DEFRA approved stoves suitable for the smallest or largest rooms. They can be installed with a simple look on a hearth or complimented with a large variety of inglenook style fireplaces, made to measure to suit your needs. Multi-fuel stoves are appliances that are capable of burning a variety of materials other than wood. Apart from logs, a multi-fuel stove can burn smokeless fuels (look for authorised fuels that are approved for use in smoke control areas, anthracite and peat/turf briquettes. The design of these stoves is optimised to accept a greater number of types of fuel and to burn them as effectively as possible. Multi-fuel appliances have a raised grate with moving bars or a central riddling grate and ash pan. Both of these options allow the burning fuel to be de-ashed to maintain effective combustion conditions. Ash is then contained in an ashpan below the grate to enable safe removal.

So, you may well be asking yourself: why should I choose multi-fuel over wood burning? The main advantage is one of convenience: as a multi-fuel stove can burn a range of approved fuels, you will be able to choose from a greater number of suppliers and therefore select the nearest. This will help to reduce not only the amount you spend on fuel but also the time and money you will need to transport it to your home.

Wood Burning Stoves

A wood burning stove is usually built without a fixed grate, but with a flat base: as the wood burns the ashes are collected and when the fire needs more fuel, fresh logs are placed on top. The effect is hugely positive for wood burning because logs combust more effectively & evenly when resting on a bed of ashes, giving you maximum efficiency & heat output from your wood burning stove. When combined with Cleanburn technology, the effect is enhanced further. The introduction of air into the firebox of the stove to combust gases & hydrocarbon particles ensures that your fuel is used as effectively as possible meaning greater value for money & wonderful flames to admire.

It is also worth considering the environmental benefits of wood burning. It is regarded as a carbon neutral form of energy as during its growth, a tree will absorb the amount of carbon dioxide roughly emitted when it is burned on a wood burning stove or fire. It is thus a provider of ‘green’ heat. You may also be in a position to maintain your own private wood supply, thereby generating virtually free fuel that is exclusively available to you whenever you need it although bear in mind that logs must be sufficiently dry to burn.

Gas Stoves

If you are looking for the look of a real fire but prefer the instant controllable heat, then there are a selection of gas stoves available, which can be complimented in exactly the same way as a multifuel stove, on a hearth or with a wide style of inglenook fireplaces. We offer a full installation service from our Gas Safe registered fitters.

When your home doesn't have a class 1 chimney (CF), then there are still options available to you. Balanced flue gas stoves vent directly out of an exterior wall and can be put in a chimney breast created from studwork or within a suite on an exterior wall.

Flueless gas stoves can be used were a flue is either faulty or within any room where space allows as it isnt necessay to locate them on outside walls - making them ideal for rooms like conservatories. As they are 100% efficient, it wont take long before the lower running costs mean it pays for itself! 

No, you don't necessarily have to install a stove into an existing chimney breast. Many stoves are designed for both chimney and non-chimney installations. For homes without a chimney, you can opt for balanced flue or flueless stoves, which provide efficient heating without the need for a traditional chimney setup. This flexibility allows you to enjoy the warmth and ambiance of a stove without the constraints of an existing chimney breast.
Stoves are versatile and can burn a variety of fuels, including seasoned wood, smokeless fuels, peat briquettes, and anthracite. It's essential to use the right fuel for your stove type to ensure efficient and safe operation. Always refer to the manufacturer's guidelines and choose fuels that are recommended for your specific stove model.
Yes, like any appliance, stoves have components that may wear out over time. Common parts that might need replacement include gaskets, firebricks, and glass panes. It's essential to follow the manufacturer's maintenance guidelines and have your stove regularly serviced to ensure it operates efficiently and safely. Regular inspections can help identify parts that need replacing before they impact the stove's performance.

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