Can your stove meet your heating demands?

18 Jul

Summer is a very sensible time to install your new wood burning, pellet burning or multi fuel stove, before the cooler weather sets in.

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However, as you stand in your living room or kitchen in July and try to picture your dream stove, it might be hard to imagine the room ever being cold – let alone accurately assess just how much heat you’re going to need.

When you’re shopping around for stoves, you’ll find that every model comes with a heat output figure, expressed in either kilowatts (kW) or British Thermal Units (BTU). This will give you an idea of how powerful the stove can be.

But although all the British stoves in our range have been independently tested in an approved laboratory using standard test fuel, these figures usually reflect the stove’s maximum capability when using well-seasoned wood. So, it’s important to bear in mind that the stove may not always achieve exactly that output, if conditions are not optimum.

It’s particularly crucial to consider heat outputs when buying a boiler model stove. If you want to power both your radiators and hot water supply from the stove, you must remember that the ratio between direct room heating and boiler output is proportional. Select too small a boiler and your radiators won’t get hot enough; choose one that is too large for your radiator network and it will run too hot, forcing it to burn off excess heat in the expansion tank.

Feeling a bit daunted by all these calculations? Stove Sellers has extensive experience installing wood burning, pellet burning and multi fuel stoves throughout France, so we can advise you on how to choose the right stove, with the right heat output for your space. Then you can enjoy the rest of the summer, safe in the knowledge that there’s a warm winter to come.

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