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Considerations for that new wood burner you want!

Things you need to think about when selecting a wood burner.

When you enter the store you will see lots of lovely looking options, now is the time to be prepared. Do your research and list down your requirements, then seek the advice of a fully qualified HETAS fitter who will point you in the right direction.

Wood only or multi-fuel – Get expert advice it pays!

A dedicated wood burner can be the most efficient so It’s worth considering if you’re never going to want to burn other fuels. Read more

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This year make it the year to save money – upgrade your heating and reduce your bills

Wood-burners have risen in popularity for the last ten years as more homes discover the benefits and beauty they have to offer.

Important to note:

One benefit that always goes un-noticed is how the value of your home will increase after you have installed the burner. Ask any estate agent and they will tell you a home with a wood stove that has been professionally installed (HETAS registered) is far more desirable than one without. The value of your home could increase by as much as £10000.

Wood-burners not only look fabulous, but they also have plenty of practical benefits too.

They provide a great deal of heat for relatively little cost and are highly efficient in comparison to open fires.

If you are reviewing alternative forms of heating in your home you should most definitely give wood burning stoves due consideration.  

Wood-burning stoves are environmentally friendly. However, make sure your wood supplier is committed to replanting the trees harvested and source locally to reduce your carbon footprint.

What wood to burn?

The general rule of thumb is that the drier the wood, the better it will burn. Some of the best woods to burn are ash, hawthorn, apple, oak, and wild cherry (hard woods). Bear in mind that you’ll need plenty of space to store your logs. Not only will the area need to be dry, but easily accessible for deliveries, too.

Can we assist?

If you would like help selecting and installing a new stove, please do contact us. We have fully qualified fitters (HETAS registered) and advisers waiting to take your enquiry.


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Centre point of your home

If you have a log burning stove installed in your home you will no doubt feel the full benefit this form of heating has to offer.

Wood burning stoves are becoming more popular, sales have increased on an unprecedented scale. More households around the country are trying to reduce their heating bills and installing a stove can certainly help towards this aim.

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.

Use matured logs only for efficiency and the enviroment

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).

If you have a pellet stove, you will also need to have a yearly service, as the stove has electrical working parts. This can cost around £150-£250. It’s also a good idea to clean out the ash from the ash pan and to clean the glass regularly. Keep in mind though that leaving a layer of ash can help to start a wood fire and keep it burning longer and cheaper.

It’s best to check the manufacturer’s guide for specific instructions on how often to clean your stove. If your stove has a cool air vent that helps to stop tar building up on the glass, you may not need to clean the ash or glass as often. Some stoves also have special clean-burn or clean-heat technologies, which pull in extra air to help burn off more smoke, reducing sooty deposits.

Can we help?

For all your wood burning appliance needs please get in contact and one of our (HETAS registered) fitters will be happy to assist.


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Make your home warmer this winter

A wood burning stove can be installed virtually anywhere in your home, providing there is a way to run a vent pipe to the outside of the house. This means you can zone-heat any room or space. Heating bills continue to rise seemingly on a monthly basis, so this would a good time to have a look at the alternatives.

Wood stoves have various benefits and if you install one the costs will very quickly returned. Obviously the only cost once installed is the wood you will burn, now just imagine if you could get a supply free! You may have a public woodland close by that could provide the fuel for you winter warmth.

Economical heating to reduce those awful heating bills!!

Wood is an inexpensive fuel source. It costs less per BTU than oil, gas or electricity. Homeowners who practice strategic zone heating in their homes can save hundreds of ££’s on utility bills each year.

Quality heating and far more comfortable

The biggest advantage homeowners have with a wood burning stove is the quality of heat the burner will give off. Wood stoves operate on the principal of radiant heat, which warms an area faster and more efficiently than warm air being blown through a home’s vent system. The powerful heat from a wood stove radiates from all sides of the unit as well as the top, sending warmth in all directions. Fitted in a central position in your home you will be amazed how the rest of your house suddenly gets a whole lot warmer.

Can we help?

If you would like assistance selecting and installing a new log burner please get in touch and one of our HETAS qualified fitters will be happy to help.


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Steel or cast iron your questions answered?

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.

Cast Iron

To make a cast iron stove, manufacturers pour molten iron into moulds and allow them to cool and harden. They assemble various pieces of the stove together using cement and gaskets to fill the seams.


Steel stoves on the other hand, are made by bending and welding sheets of steel to form the desired shape. The difference in how these stoves are made causes steel stoves to have a tighter overall construction than cast iron ones. This means that cast iron stoves may require more maintenance than steel ones over time.

Siting your new stove is very important!

The type of wood burning stove you choose can impact where you can safely place the stove in your home. Steel stoves often feature double-wall construction, which means they can be placed closer to a wall than other types of stoves. The double-wall construction helps to prevent heat from spreading, which protects surrounding surfaces from damage or fire.

Cast iron stoves, on the other hand, require more clearance space for safety, and should not be placed near a wall or other furnishings.

As you can see there are plenty of important decisions to make when selecting your new stove.

If you would like assistance please do contact us and one of our advisers will be happy to help. We are HETAS registered.


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Huge range of stoves to choose from – £500 to more than £2,000

New environmental standards for particle emissions come into force in 2022 aimed at creating a cleaner atmosphere.  Already, stove manufacturers are rolling out eco-friendly burners with a Stove Industry Alliance Eco Design-ready stamp of approval. These reduce particle emissions by 90% compared to an open fire and 80% compared to an old-style stove.

Sales are increasing as domestic fuel prices keep rising

In total, over 296,000 wood-burners have been installed this year, according to the Stove Industry Alliance. This is up from 231,000 in 2020.

Wood-burning stoves are generally installed for a reason, such as a secondary heating supply or to save money. There is a percentage who have them installed because they are fashionable and these days this combination is normal.

Fuel costs as we all know are increasing rapidly with electricity and gas prices leading the way.

Expert advice

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. 

Can we help?

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


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Are you thinking of installing a wood burner?


Yes, but you need to know that a woodburning stove needs a narrower flue than an open fire so you can’t just rip out the fireplace, stick in a stove and point it up the chimney. You will have to install the right sized flue.


Any member of a Competent Persons Scheme (someone who is officially registered to carry out this type of work) which is what you will need for all of this work, will advise you on this. You will have to have a chimney flue that goes up the exterior of the house and it will need to be insulated. Read more

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Home improvements next summer?

It’s that time of year again when we all start thinking about home improvements. All DIY superstores will tell you now until next May equals a significant increase in sales.

One thing on all homeowner’s minds is reducing their energy bills, so, if you are thinking of changing things at home do consider installing a wood burning stove. Doing this one thing will in the long term save you a great deal of money on your Gas and Electricity bills.

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 life in the winter months to get a whole lot better. Read more

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Wood burning stoves, important information.

We all know the British weather can be very damp and cold, this is when you need a wood burner the most.

A professionally fitted wood stove will also reduce your home’s carbon footprint by at least 19% as burning wood is environmentally neutral and renewable energy. Just make sure you only burn the correct wood as recommended by your supplier.

 Efficiency and exceptionally good looking!

A modern wood burner is more efficient than many central heating systems and far more appealing to look at than a traditional white radiator.

The appeal is not just about installing a fashion statement.  Read more

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Safety, Efficiency and added value

A professionally fitted wood burning stove can save you hundreds on annual fuel bills but do make sure your new burner is suitable for your home. Many people tend to install without seeking professional advice, this is fine, but if you want to get total efficiency do seek advice from a qualified fitter (HETAS registered).

One thing is certain, if you have a stove fitted and you are selling your property the buyer is likely to want to see a certified certificate for the installation of the stove.

Homes with a certified fitted boiler can be worth a lot more money when selling, also bear in mind some insurance companies will not accept the risk unless the stove has been professionally fitted.

A HETAS registered fitter is fully trained in fitting and able to give advice as to the most suitable wood burning stove for the area to be heated.  Read more