Top Five Tips for Choosing a Coal Burning Stove from Logs Direct

Here at Logs Direct, we may specialise in selling coal and other fuel, but we also have a keen knowledge of the appliances which use that fuel, and trust us when we say that there are a lot of them. With these pieces of expert advice, you should be well on your way to choosing the stove that’s right for you.

What’s the Use?

Probably the most important thing to consider is whether you plan on using the stove to heat just the one room, or if it’s going to supplement the heating of the whole house. If you intend to use the stove on a regular basis and incorporate it into your heating system, you’re going to need a back-boiler. These use the heat generated by the stove to warm up water which flows through the radiators in your house, saving money by speeding up the time it takes for the thermostat to cut off the heating.

Size Matters

When you are shopping for a new stove, you’ll probably have in mind a place where you’re going to put it, but a lot of people get caught out on things it’s easy to forget. Larger rooms will need a larger heat output from the stove to keep them warm, as will rooms with large open areas like staircases. Also worth considering is whether or not the room has a lot of single-glazed windows, or if the external walls are insulated or not. If you intend on using a back boiler:

Location, Location, Location

You’re going to want to consider whether or not you’re likely to want to use the stove with the doors open – if you do you need to make sure there’s plenty of open space for the doors, as having them touching other furniture (especially soft furnishings) can be very dangerous. You’ll also likely want to have a coal scuttle nearby, as well as fire-tools like a poker. These can generate quite a lot of mess, so you probably don’t want them too far from the stove. You’ll also need an outside area to store the bulk of your coal.

When is a Door Not a Door?

Coal burning stoves offer a huge amount of flexibility in design, but one of the most important design choices is whether or not to have glass doors. As the weather draws in through the winter, who doesn’t want to cuddle up in front of a roaring fire on a soft blanket and enjoy a glass of wine? Open fires are generally being replaced these days, usually by coal burning or multi-fuel stoves because they are a lot more efficient and friendlier to the environment, and safer in a home, especially one with small children or pets. However, having glass doors grants the same effect, without the danger of an open fireplace (though fire guards are still recommended because the stoves can get very hot to the touch). Sometimes though, the simpler look of plain doors can suit a room better than a roaring orange fire.

Feeding Your Fire

I know you thought all the difficult decisions were through, but there’s one more; what sort of coal are you planning on burning? There are a variety of different choices of house coal. Woodcoal, which produces very pretty glowing briquettes in the fire as it burns; traditional house coal, which burns for a longer duration and produces less ash; smokeless coal, which is suitable for use in smoke restricted areas; and many more different types.

Hopefully with all this top advice from us here at Logs Direct, you’ll now be well on your way to choosing the coal