Heating a room or supplying hot water have always been options. However, more and more people choose wood burning stoves as a lifestyle choice. Picking a stylish, modern stove can transform your living space. Nomatter where you live, I mean in country cottage or in compact urban house, both traditional and contemporary stoves equally work well in either.

Once you've made the decision to go ahead, here are some questions you need to ask yourself before making a purchase.

1. Heating the room or home?

Do you want your wood stove to heat just the room it is in or will you choose one with a boiler to heat water?

2. Heat output

Is the stove the correct size for the room it is heating?

Different output stoves are designed to heat different sized houses. So, next you'll need to decide how big your wood burner needs to be. A typical KW rating for a stove that heats an medium room is around 4-5kw, a much larger room is around 8kw. Small stoves are suitable for heating a family room or a seasonal cottage. Or you can use a small stove for "zone heating" a specific area of your home if you've have central furnaces in larger room. Of couse, all these will change depend upon whether your house is well insulated or not. In addition, you should also consider the age of the house.

As for how to caculate what output of a stove you need, you can visit here:

http://www.astove.co.uk/buying-guide.html

3. Are Stoves Efficient?

Nowadays, wood burning stoves are highly efficient, running at up to 75%.

4. Wood burning, solid fuel or multi fuel stove?

A woodburning stove is designed to run exclusively on firewood. A solid fuel stove is designed to run on fuels such as anthracite. A multifuel stove will run on either solid fuel or firewood. No matter which one you choose, you'll find the one you like in Astove.co.uk.

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