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A guide to choosing the right stove for you

Choosing the right stove for your home can be tricky if you either don’t know what you want it for or simply don’t know much about stoves. Don’t worry about it; we don’t expect you to be an expert. We’ve decided to help you out and made a guide on how to decide which stove is right for you.

What Do You Want It For?

So the first thing you need to consider when choosing the perfect stove for your home is what do you actually want it for?

Do you want it to warm up a single room? Or do you want to use it as central heating and for hot water? Stoves are a great way of cutting down central heating costs, especially if the stove you’re after uses logs, as they are the cheapest form of fuel.

There are multiple different kinds of stoves, but let’s take a look at the main three; Freestanding, Insert and Double Sided. Freestanding is a good choice if you want something that is portable and easy to move. Inset stoves are fitted into the wall, for example in the place of where a fireplace would go. They are also more efficient than a fireplace because a lot of heat tends to escape through the chimney. Double Sided stoves are designed to produce heat in multiple directions, perfect if you have multiple rooms or just a large room to heat up.

Freestanding, double sided and inset stoves are all available in a range of different styles and designs, and the design of the stove is very important. You could go for a traditional looking stove that will add a rustic feel to the room and set the tone. On the contrary, you could opt for a contemporary, modern stove to bring your room into the 21st century. We suggest finding a design that fits the style of the room you’re planning on putting the stove in.

What Should I Choose: Gas, Wood-Burning, Electric or Multi-Fuel?

Now it’s time to take a look at the different types and decide; what kind of stove is right for your home?

Let’s take a look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of some of these stoves. Gas stoves are very reliable and will still work in the events of a power cut. Due to it not using electricity, the operational costs are low, but on the other hand, it does get very hot and it’s not ideal if using in a small kitchen.

Wood-burning stoves are the most environmentally friendly option, being cheaper in both initial cost and heating costs. Another benefit is that it can be converted into a multi-fuel stove, but it might need to stay outside. If you want a stove indoors, this might not be the best option.

Electric stoves are the most efficient stove, being easy to control the temperature and being easy to clean as well. The costs aren’t high, but it does use electricity so it will affect your energy bills. But at least with it being electric, the risk of fire is very, very low.

Multi-fuel stoves are great because they can use different fuel to produce heat, such as wood, coal and peat. This means they produce greater heat per volume and there is less of a fire risk. The negatives however are that they tend to cost more and they’re not as environmentally friendly as other stoves.


What Brand Should I Choose?

Here at AmberGlow, we stock a huge variety of fantastic stoves from the leading brands. Some of these brands include Stovax, Charnwood, Dimplex, Chilli Penguin, Esse and Contura.

Whichever brand you pick, we recommend you have your stove installed by a professional to ensure it’s done safely. We actually offer a Hetas full installation fitting service ourselves for multi-fuel and wood burning stoves. For more information, give us a call.


If you have any more questions about choosing the right stove for you, feel free to contact us. We’d be more than happy to help.