Half way through the summer it is hard to think that the down jackets, the umbrellas and the thick duvets are going to be coming out of British wardrobes in a few weeks’ time, but although changing weather patterns have made it hard to distinguish one season from another, it is a cold-hard fact that winter is on its way. Admittedly, a wood stove is not the first thing that comes to mind when sitting on a white sand beach in Cornwall, or riding the Underground to work while you try to keep your sweat ridden clothes from sticking to your body, but if there is one thing that you learn with age, it is that everything is easier to do in advance.
You decided you wanted to buy a wood stove, you even knew in which room you were going to fit it in, but then life got in the way and the chilly weather subsided so you put your research and decision on hold. You might not even be sure about what type of stove you want, both a freestanding and an inset stove would fit the room you are planning to have it in, so when the time comes you will see what is on offer and will get a quote for the installation because why buy something now that you are not going to use straightaway? Well, if you want the easier, cheaper and faster solution, then mid-summer is the perfect time to buy your stove, get it installed and have it waiting and ready to light as soon as it is needed.
Here are three reasons why summer is the perfect time of the year to buy a stove:
1) Dealers tend to have great summer deals so you can get your preferred wood stove for less.
2) Registered installers in your area will be available to fit your stove, whilst during the winter rush, there tends to be a long waiting list – and rain!
3) Every day you light and sit in front of a stove you improve your quality of life and save money on gas and electric bills.
Decisions don’t have to hurt; the best way of avoiding that dull ache of having to decide something is to go about it in steps:
A wood burner or a multi-fuel burner? The only visible difference between these two types of burners is the grate’s teeth that are noticeable through the glass of a multi-fuel burner. Almost all of the Hunter Stoves Group’s stove models have both a wood and a multi-fuel version, stoves in the Parkray range are a good example, so the decision usually comes down to what type of fuel you are planning on using.
A multi-fuel stove gives you a bigger range of fuel options, from a variety of smokeless fuels to peat briquettes and of course wood. Another advantage of multi-fuel burners is that smokeless fuel can be used in Smoke Control Areas, while wood burners need to be DEFRA approved. On the other hand, wood burners are much more efficient at burning wood and wood is a carbon neutral fuel.
One thing to keep in mind is that both these types of stoves can be converted into each other (eg. amulti-fuel converted into a wood burner and wod burner into a multi-fuel stove.) by purchasing a conversion kit.
A freestanding or an inset stove? This decision is greatly dependent on two factors: available space and personal taste.
Freestanding stoves come in all shapes and sizes. They can be installed in an existing fireplace but require space around them to allow hot air to flow before spreading into the room. Freestanding stoves have the advantage of being able to be installed anywhere where there is flue access, which opens up possibilities for room arrangement.
There is a common misconception that inset stoves are more efficient than freestanding stoves. Modern inset and freestanding stoves manufactured in the UK are usually equally as efficient, and efficiency of modern stoves ranges between 69 and 80 percent. Both inset and freestanding stoves in our Di Lusso range, for example, are all equally as efficient, but a big advantage of inset stoves is that they can be fitted in smaller spaces, and so prove perfect for old traditional fireplaces. An obvious disadvantage of inset stoves however, is that if the wall you are planning to install it in has not already been prepared for this type of stove installation, costs of this type of installation would tend to be higher compared to fitting a freestanding stove.
Finally, aesthetics are one of the most important factors in the decision-making process and, especially in the case of the freestanding verses inset stove debate. If you are unsure about how a stove looks and if that look fits your home, it won’t matter that you saved £100 installing it. The recommendation here is that you narrow down your options to the stoves you like, and work backward from there. Dealers will always be able to clarify any doubts you may have and make range and model recommendations, so why do everything by yourself when you can get a professional to point you in the right direction? You can find the Hunter Stoves Group dealer closest to you by using our Hunter stoves dealer locator.