Kya deLongchamps stokes our desire for delectable stoves and fire settings as winter draws near
Wood, multi-fuel and wood pellet stoves are part of the interior landscape of many new builds and renovations. In terms of design, versatility and innovation, the market is red hot.
In an open plan situation with adequate insulation, a non-boiler stove, can provide radiant heat to several adjoining rooms. Ensure your kWs are up to the mark in a well appointed, truly hot stove, sized to the room; online calculators, your stove supplier or a BER assessor, can determine this vital equation.
Wood pellet stoves have the greatest degree of control, due to the standard sizing of the pellets and can be set to feed and heat to the centigrade you prefer.
Recently, developments in flue boilers by companies including Charnwood, bridge the gap between central heating boiler stoves, stoking as many as 12 radiators, and standard
room heating stoves.
A length of the flue is used to prompt 2-3 radiators and to warm domestic hot water, complimenting your primary central heating. Boiler or ‘wet’ stoves where they meet your needs can be real money savers, and in the right situation, their feeding and maintenance soon becomes part of the daily round.
A comfortable ambient room temperature and the needs of the remote heating system must be carefully balanced. Eighty percent of the heat should go to your CH, and with careful operation 80% efficiencies are now common-place.
Multi-fuel stoves offer a grate for fossil fuel and can also handle wood (on the box floor). They rarely exceed the performance of a dedicated wood or anthracite/coal system.
To qualify the stove as a renewable heat source, stick to a wood burner (part L 2008). Look into quality stoves with the HARP database at seai.ie.
Modular design is scorching the European design world. Wood fire boxes can be set in a group together with stylistically matched steel voids and cabinets for fuel storage, radiant stores (filled with stones to gift heat even when the fire has died away) and console style side tables. Some fires all but swing around the flue for 360 degree positioning.
Lifting the viewing window up in a tall contemporary stove and adding radiant stone panels, allows for safer stoves for everyday family life that can be set in circulation areas and other useful, draught free spots beyond the traditional hearth.
Budget for the inclusion of a quality double insulated flue pipe, the lining of your chimney (flexible or adapted products), and crucially the work of a HETAS trained and registered heating engineer.
The Tonwerk Eye is a refreshing ergonomic wink. The automatic air control and the top aperture for feeding wood are only two of a series of innovations and the whole stove can look around the room, rotating on the flue. Around €6,000. Smartheat, twice winners at Plan Expo, showed this Red Dot design winner, and are stockist here in Ireland. greenenergysaving.ie
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