Which stove is for you?

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

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.

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

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 fitters (HETAS registered) will be happy to help.