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The Logburners team has many years of experience in the industry. Below we have compiled a list of the most common questions we get asked when going through the process of choosing a new stove.

If you can’t find the answer you are looking for below in our FAQ questions. You can either contact us via email at sales@logburners.co.uk, or if you live locally (NR20 5DJ) then please come into our showroom for a chat and our team of experts can help you with any queries you have.

SIA stands for the Stove Industry Alliance which was formed in 2008 to promote the latest in low emission stoves. Further information is available here at the Stove Industry Alliance website.

Ecodesign Ready is from the Stove Industry Alliance which shows that stoves have significantly reduced emissions. For several years many woodburning and multifuel stove manufacturers already make a large range of stoves, that have already met the five fundamental requirements to make them Ecodesign Ready before 1st January 2022. Click the link for further information about Ecodesign Ready Appliances.

This is a short abbreviation that some manufacturers use on their stoves to say they are already Ecodesign Ready and can be sold after 1st January 2022.

DEFRA stands for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. DEFRA Approved stoves were introduced using the Clean Air Act 1956 and 1968 to deal with smog. It is a requirement that DEFRA Approved stoves are used in a smoke control areas in large towns and cities or you could face a fine of up to £1000. To find out if you live in an area that requires a DEFRA Approved stove, please contact your local council and they will advise you. Please click on the link for a list of DEFRA Approved stoves in England from the DEFRA website.

The Clean Air Strategy 2019 comes from the Department of Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to tackle all sources of air pollution. Here is an in depth guide to the Clean Air Strategy 2019, chapter 6 on page 10 is all about reducing emissions in the home by using a very efficient stove. This is because open fires are more polluting and a lot less efficient than a wood burning or multifuel stove. As most of the heat from an open fire goes up the chimney.

The clearSkies certification makes sure that appliances meet the minimum level for Ecodesign Regulations which is the minimum requirement for a stove manufactured in the UK from 1st January 2022. Certification for clearSkies has levels 2-5 with level 5 being the highest, with a 30% improvement in efficiency and emissions on Ecodesign Ready stoves plus they also DEFRA exempt. Click the link for further information about the clearSkies certification system.

When installing a woodburning and multifuel stove in a property it must be completed and signed off by a qualified HETAS engineer. Just like when you have natural gas or LPG appliances installed you would require a GasSafe engineer. Click the links to find out more about HETAS or to find a HETAS certified Installer.

Take your room measurements in meters and then use the following calculation Length x Width x Height and then divide the answer by 14. This will give you a rough idea of what kW output you would need for your room. Other factors like insulation and the age of the property will reduce this. Alternatively, you can also use our Stove Output Calculator on our website to calculate this.

A multifuel stove is designed to burn wood, smokeless fuels and coal. They usually have a grate underneath the fuel to give airflow both below and above it. If you burn coal you will need to clear some of the ash first to make it burn efficiently. Some stoves also come with a riddling grate this allows you to make ash fall below into the ash pan.

Simply a woodburning stove is designed to only take air from above the fuel so it doesn’t burn too quickly and burning wood is usually done on a bed of ash.

From May 2021 sales of coal and wet wood for domestic combustion are going to be gradually phased out, this is because they are both two of the most polluting fuels. Here are the fuels you are allowed to burn on your woodburning or multifuel stove: –

  • Wood
  • Smokeless fuels (anthracite, semi-anthracite, low volatile steam coal)

Here is a guide from Jotul of the type of wood you can burn on your stove.

Generally, there are two methods the traditional method and the upside-down method. Here is a guide about these two methods on how to light your new stove.

Heat shields are only a requirement if you are using a combustible material around the stove. If you have a brick fireplace then this would be a non-combustible material so a heat shield wouldn’t be required.

This also depends if it you have combustible or a non-combustible material in a fireplace and the distance is required to allow the heat to circulate. For a non-combustible material the distance needed is around 20cm on either side and 100cm from the back. Distances will increase if you have combustible materials as they require a heat shield and this information is generally found in the manufacturer’s brochure. The HETAS engineer will advise you in your survey on all of the requirements needed to fit a new stove in the current regulations.

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