‘Do I need a new flue or chimney lining to install a wood-burning stove?’

That’s a question we’re often asked by customers before they buy a stove. As online wood-burning stove sellers, at Gr8Fires we can’t stick our head up your chimney for a quick look before advising you. That’s why we’d always recommend talking to a HETAS-approve wood-burning stove installer to double-check everything.

What we can offer is some basic rules to help point you in the right direction. So, here are a few common scenarios and the probable answers. Continue reading

Can you use household coal in wood-burning or multi-fuel stoves?

Can you use household coal in wood-burning or multi-fuel stoves

As ever, we can only offer general advice on the type of fuel you should be using on your stove. Your go-to resource on whether or not you can burn household coal is the stove manual provided by the manufacturer.

Hopefully we’ll be able to flesh out some of the details and give an explanation of the information you’re likely to find in your manual.

Firstly, household coal and any similar coal-like or smokeless fuels should not be used on a wood-burning stove. Wood burners have a flat grate rather than the raised grate needed to burn coal. Not only is this impractical – since coal needs an air supply from below to burn properly – it would also seriously damage your stove, which is not equipped to have hot coals burning on it. Continue reading

How to reduce your heating bills with a woodburning stove

How to reduce your heating bills with a woodburning stove

Alongside the prospect of making your home really cosy and switching to an environmentally friendly form of heating, saving money on your heating bills is probably one of the top three reasons for installing a wood-burning stove.

So, in this blog post we’re going to explore how you can maximise your stove’s money-saving potential to cut your heating bills as much as possible. Continue reading

Can I afford a wood-burning stove?

Can I afford a wood-burning stove

When you’re thinking about installing a wood-burning stove, finance is usually a big factor. One of the main attractions of getting a wood burner is the opportunity to switch off the central heating and make some serious savings on your household heating bills.

But those savings cannot be achieved with some initial investment in your stove and the installation process.

There are plenty of cost guides advising how much it costs to install a wood burning stove dotted around the internet, including our own blog post on the cost of wood-burning stove installation, but the truth is that the amount you will pay to complete the job will vary significantly depending on a host of different factors. Continue reading

How much does it cost to install a wood-burning stove?

How much does it cost to install a wood-burning stove

When you are in the process of buying a wood-burning stove, it is important to give some consideration to the installation costs.

The cost of the stove itself is only part of the deal – you also need to factor into your budget how much it will cost to install your wood-burning stove.

Some people opt to reduce the installation price by fitting their own wood-burning stove. However, even if you do go down the DIY route, you will still incur the cost of an inspection from your local authority’s building control officer. This inspection is compulsory in order to ensure that your installation meets building regulations. Continue reading