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Wood burners are in Demand

Wood burners are in demand!!

Wood-burners have become a sought-after design statement during the past decade.

They can provide a sense of charm and ambience to a property. Modern wood-burning stoves give your home that warm heart as you sit around with friends and family on winter evenings.

A professionally installed burner can increase the value of your home. Estate agents will tell you that a home with a log burner is very sought after.

Ever more popular this year.

In total, over 300,000 wood-burners have been installed this year, according to the Stove Industry Alliance. This is up from 247,000 in 2022.

Fuel costs, as we all know, are increasing rapidly with electricity and gas prices leading the way. Installing a wood burner will help keep these rises in check.

HETAS approval

Poorly installed stoves do pose very real risks from carbon monoxide poisoning to house fires and smoke inhalation. All of which can have devastating and fatal consequences.

It is recommended to use a HETAS qualified fitter to install any wood burning appliance for safety and insurance purposes.

Long term maintenance

A stove is not a “fit and forget” product. As such the burner itself may need very little maintenance but without regular cleaning soot builds up in the flue. This can cause chimney fires. It is highly recommended to have your burner cleaned and serviced at least once a year for safety and peace of mind.


If you require some assistance with your current or new stove, please do make contact and one of our fully trained fitters will be pleased to guide you.


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Lower Heating Bills

Lower Heating Bills. Elegant heating solutions.

Today’s wood heating appliances are designed for beauty, performance and protecting the environment. A wood stove or fireplace insert can be the focal point of any room.

Regardless of your taste, there’s a stove designed for you and your budget. In fact, it’s difficult to find ugly stoves or inserts nowadays whether they be ultra-modern or traditional.

With so many beautiful stoves to choose from and the costs coming down this does make a great heating solution and saves money along the way.

Another great advantage of wood stove heating is having heat when there is no power.

There’s not much more satisfying than being warm and happy around your wood stove when all the lights in the neighbourhood are out. You’ll have that pioneer feeling, as you should. You thought ahead!

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 and how much you can turn your thermostat down!!!

Like to have a chat about your options?

If you would like to know more about heating with a wood burner, please make contact and one of our fully qualified fitters will be happy to help.


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Log Burner Options

Log Burner Options.

Are you considering a new wood stove?

As well as the making sure your new stove will physically fit into its new home. It is important to consider that the stove’s output is sufficient for the room. You should also ensure that it is not too large for the room, as this can cause just as many problems as a stove that is too small.

A stove that is too small for the room will not be powerful enough to heat the room adequately.  On the other hand, if you have a stove that is too large it will need constant attention to keep the temperature down.

A result of this is the combustion within the stove will not be complete. You will quickly have a build-up of soot not just on the glass. As well as up the chimney and flue.

With this in mind, when calculating the required output, a slightly greater output should be considered (no more than 1.5kW). As such there will be a greater need for rapid heating in the long dark cold months of winter.

As you are making a large investment within your home installing a new stove it really will pay to get expert help when selecting the stove to meet your needs

Stoves these days come in all shapes and sizes so there is bound to be one that fits your requirements.

Crucial to performance – Wood selection

Most importantly the wood you burn must not have been treated or painted as this will affect the air wash system. Only ever burn mature wood which has been properly dried over 18-24 months, this will give you the highest heat output efficiency.

Can we help?

If you are thinking of adding a wood burning stove to your home do consider Kent Stoves. Please do make contact and one of our fully qualified (HETAS Registered) fitters will be happy to assist.

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Hardwood Efficiency

Hardwood Efficiency.

Burn hardwood for a cleaner environment and more efficiency

For the serious wood stove enthusiast, you may want to invest in hardwoods like oak, ash, hickory, walnut, and fruit trees such as apple or cherry.

Hardwoods are denser woods that burn hotter and longer than softwoods, but you’ll need to let them season for up to 2 years.  (Ash is an exception and can be burnt a bit earlier although the wood burns best when seasoned.)

There is absolutely no point in burning unseasoned wood as you will be boiling water, and this is just inefficient and extremely bad for the environment.

The secret to a good fire is wood that has been seasoned for more than a year. In the case of oak, you’ll want to season the wood at least two years, sometimes longer. Much of the wood for sale now is actually green and needs another year to season.

Seasoned wood burns better than green wood, because it produces more heat and less creosote build-up in the fireplace and chimney. Green or unseasoned wood, on the other hand, is hard to light and difficult to keep burning. If your wood smoulders and burns poorly with little heat, it’s probably green wood. That’s because unseasoned wood has a lot of liquid inside. Fact, one fresh-cut cord of oak is said to have enough water to fill as much as six 55-gallon drums.

You can tell if wood is seasoned by looking at it. On the outside, seasoned wood probably looks grey and dusty from sitting around for a while. But on the inside, it’s often dry and white, usually lighter than on the outside. New wood, on the other hand, looks like it came fresh from the timber mill with the same colour throughout the wood.

Can we assist?

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