Wood Stove fitting

An increased awareness of environmental issues, together with rocketing fuel prices, has led to a dramatic uptake in demand for wood burning domestic heating systems.

More than one million UK homes are already using wood burning stoves, and this could be set to rise as the Stove Industry Alliance estimates that wood burning stoves could account for 10% of the UK Government’s carbon reduction targets by 2020.

The installation of wood burning and multi-fuel stoves is “monitored” under the Building Regulations, as is the relining or installation of flues and chimneys associated with such heat producing appliances.

It is highly recommended that stove installation work is carried out by a HETAS registered installer, the reality is that many stoves get put in unprofessionally. Incorrectly installed stoves can be dangerous both to health and a can be fire hazards. Read more

Top safety precautions

Top safety precautions

Here at Kent Stoves, we have a wide range of environmentally friendly stoves available with a selection of distinctive styles to suit any taste and home.

Most importantly is to select the correct stove for the area you are looking to heat, we have fully qualified HETAS advisers waiting to assist you. One very common error once you have had your stove installed is not to understand it’s benefits and how to use it safely. Below are a few tips to make your new stove safe and heat efficient now and in the future.

Store your wood correctly

By using the correct wood, and storing it in a dry place, you can maximize the heat efficiency and reduce the harmful fumes that may be released. Wood should be dried for at least 18 months but preferably 24 months. For more information about choosing the correct fuel for your stove speak to our consultant.

Keep your stove clean of ash

A large build-up of ash can damage your stove and potentially cause an unwanted fire! To prevent this, ash must be raked out regularly and placed in a metal ash bucket. It is very important to wait until the ashes have cooled before moving them. Read more

Thinking of joining the crowd?

If you are thinking of installing a wood burner in your home like so many others, here are a few things to take note of.

If you have a new stove installed it’s likely to increase the value of your property due to the current demand but remember it must be fitted by a registered installer.


As great as open fires are they are not energy efficient and only give approximately 20% output. Wood burning stoves are much more efficient, at around 70-90%, so you get all the benefits of a real fire without most of your money going up the chimney!

Use a registered installer

The installation of a wood burner must comply with building regulations and the easiest way to do this is to use a qualified fitter.

HETAS-registered installers deal with wood, solid-fuel, and biomass domestic heating appliances and can self-certify that their work complies with building regulations, so it’s safe and legal. Read more

Steel or cast iron?

Wood burning stoves bring the rich scent of burning wood and the cosy crackle of a warm fire to indoor living spaces. When shopping for a wood burning stove, you can choose from just a few common materials, including traditional cast iron and more modern steel units.

Consider factors such as maintenance, appearance, construction, and operation when comparing these materials to narrow your selection and find the right model for your home.

It is highly recommended to speak to a qualified fitter who can explain all the pros and cons of each metal.

Care and maintenance of your stove Read more