Take your time and do the research

To install a log burner safely and responsibly, it’s important to do your research.

Think first about the size of area that needs to be heated. Next contact a qualified fitter to ensure the model you are looking at will “do the job efficiently”. It’s also a very good idea to research the size and cost of logs you’ll need and whether you can buy them locally.

Wood burning stoves always make great focal points for interiors, they are cleaner and more efficient than open fireplaces, and can save you money on your heating bills. Install one and get ready for your friend’s positive comments, as they will be plentiful!

If you’re thinking of installing one you should start your planning now as sales are booming and fitters do have much longer waiting lists than ever before.

Wood burners are a great way of bringing the comfort of a real fire into your home, even if you don’t have a vast amount of space. If you live in an urban area that is smoke-controlled, you’ll need to check the stove you are buying is approved by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) or go for one that has the option of burning smokeless fuels as an alternative.

Expert advice and fitting

For your protection and safety, you should always have a fully qualified professional install your wood/pellet burning appliance. At Kent Stoves, we will evaluate everything for you to ensure your safety and maximise efficiency.

If you require assistance, please do make contact and one of our fully qualified fitters will be happy to help.


Sales Records of wood burning stoves broken

Sales of wood burning stoves are increasing year on year but this year has seen exceptional growth with to date a massive 41% growth compared to the same period last year.

The increase in sales are down to the looming Brexit talks and the weaker pound, with the weak pound any fuel imported costs a great deal more resulting in our heating bills increasing.

Homeowners have responded to these sale increases by looking for alternative forms of heating and a log burner is very high on the wish list.

A wood burning stove not only looks good and performs to exceptional levels it can increase the value of your property, so you have a win win situation. Read more

Summer is a good time for maintenance

Summer is here and we all forget about our lovely cozy stoves which keep us warm in the winter. Summer is the right time to do all the maintenance jobs to keep them functioning properly.

If you choose the right stove, it should be easy to maintain. But there are a few steps you should take to keep it efficient and safe.

To keep your stove in good working order, the Industry recommends that you have your chimney swept at the beginning and the end of the winter to avoid a build-up of tar and soot, which could damage the chimney and stove when not in use. From a safety point of view, blocked chimneys can also cause deadly carbon monoxide and fires. One sweep should only cost £30-£70.

Use matured logs only

Wet or unseasoned logs will leave more sooty deposits and could increase the number of sweeps you need, so it’s best to use seasoned or kiln-dried wood to cut down on maintenance (minimum 2 years old). Read more

The Stove Revolution Continues

The Stove revolution continues

Sales of wood burning stoves continue to increase month on month as the UK public look for ways to reduce their heating bills. Never before has the industry seen such rapid growth, especially in the summer months. The figures go to prove without doubt that the British public are taking very seriously the increased costs of heating their homes. Facts are energy costs can only go upwards with the weakened pound and the pending Brexit talks.

Whether you’re the proud owner of a shiny new stove, or your thinking of installing one, there are a few things that you need to know to really get the most out of that heating monster in the fireplace.

Get professional advice

Before selecting a wood burning stove for your home get expert advice as to the correct model to suit your circumstances. Choosing the wrong stove will cost extra money and can be inefficient which let’s face it is just the opposite of what you are trying to achieve. Read more

Wood stoves and the environment

This summer we are seeing more people installing wood stoves than ever before. Mainly due to the cost savings they can provide. One question our fitters are always asked is how good are stoves for the environment?  The green benefits of burning wood are gaining wider and wider support. Burning wood cleanly only releases the same amount of CO2 into the atmosphere as from a tree when it is left to rot naturally as it would do at the end of its life cycle. What is more, harvested trees are replaced with new trees, which in turn absorb CO2 in the process of photosynthesis as they grow. So in short for the environment, they are good!

The important aspect of this argument is that the wood is burnt correctly, using a modern efficient stove that employs secondary and even tertiary burning. Read more