HETAS are the official body recognised by the government to approve biomass and solid fuel, appliances, services and fuels for the UK market. This includes registering solid fuel installers via their competent persons scheme and working closely with solid fuel stove retailers who register for their approved retailer scheme. HETAS registered retailer HETAS publish an annual guide which contains a list of HETAS approved appliances, Chimneys and associated equipment that have be
Which is the best stove material for you - Cast Iron or Steel? Many stoves, particularly those made in the UK are now made from steel, the traditional material for stoves is cast iron but due to there being very few cast iron foundries in Europe and none in the UK most of the cast iron stove models are manufacured in the far east. The main difference between the two metals when used in a stove is the heat retention properties available from Cast Iron. Cast Iron will retain he
Output: How much heat do you need to the room? Many people choose a stove based on it's physical size, to match an existing hearth or opening. This has little relationship to the heat requirement for the room. Of course every property is different and has varying amounts of insulation. As a general rule you will need 1KW of heat for every cubic metre you wish to heat. This is based on a room temperature of 21 degrees Celsius at an ambient of -1 degree Celsius. Or you can dete
Look after your cast iron stove and it will look after you, to keep your stove in top condition it is important to give it regular checks most maintenance work can be carried out by you at home. When not in use: If your cast iron stove is not in use for a period of time for example through the summer it is important to leave a vent or a door open to avoid condensation build up inside the stove or chimney which will cause the appliance to rust.
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Fuel: which type is most suitable for you? Logs:
Logs are a very popular choice for burning on a stove, however logs should dried to at least 25% moisture before burning to ensure the most efficient burn.
Storing logs to dry out for burning is known as seasoning. You can buy logs which have already been naturally seasoned but these may not have a guaranteed moisture content and will cost more than logs which have not been seasoned so it is worth checking with your supplie
Flexible liner. Flexible chimney liners are made to replace the liner of an exsisting chimney in propertys built after 1965 or to introduce a liner to chimneys built before this date. They are made to connect with an MA (Main apliance) adapter to the stoves flue pipe above the register (or closure) plate and create, in effect, a chimney inside the chimney. Flexible liners are often known as twin skin or twin wall, this does not mean the liner is insulated but that it is const
Vitreous enamel flue pipe. Constucted from varying grades of steel which is enamel coated inside and out Vitreous enamel flue is avaibale in either a matt finish or a gloss finish to match the paint effect on your stove, Generally a painted or matt black stove will suit a matt flue pipe and a gloss will suit an enamelled stove. Usually these flues are finished in a black colour but it is possible to purchase coloured enamel flue from some flue or stove suppliers to suit enema
Double skin insulated flue. Where there is no chimney you can create one almost anywhere using a factory made metal chimny constructed from a double skin insulated flue system. These flue systems are constructed in varous lengths and elbows by sandwiching a layer of insulation usually 50mm thick between two layers of stainless steel piping. There are varying ways in which the different manufacturers systems lock together, some are push fit, others twist lock and many use lock
Boiler Stove or Room Heater? In addition to a stand alone room heating stove, Many stoves are available with a boiler to run radiators or heat hot water, or both. This needs to be connected to a heating system and hot water tank by a competent solid fuel plumber but once installed can supply all your hot water an heating needs.
You can have a solid fuel only heating system or you can mix solid fuel with other fuels such as oil, gas, electricity or even renewable fuels such