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Frequently Asked Questions


That depends on whether you ever intend to burn smokeless solid fuel (e.g anthracite or coke) or just wood. All stoves can burn wood but multi-fuel stoves can also burn appropriate solid fuel such as coke. Several stoves can be fitted with a multi-fuel ‘kit’ so initially the woodburning-only model can be purchased and then upgraded at a later date. A woodburning-only model usually burns wood more effectively than a similar multi-fuel model.

We advise that the first few times a stove is heated, the new paint on it can give off fumes as it cures. Usually, this lasts no more than 2-3 firings.

There could be several reasons for this, during winter the most common reason is that you are not getting the flue hot enough before closing the door. Use very dry and well chopped kindling. Firelighters are better than paper and leave the door ajar until the kindling is all burning well. This will help to push the cold air out of the flue and establish a good draw.

If the stove is not DEFRA approved then it must use at least a 150mm or 6″ flue. A DEFRA approved stove can use a 125mm or 5″ flue. If you are only going to use smokeless fuel and your stove has a 5″ flue then the flue in the chimney can be 5″.

There is a rule-of-thumb guide which takes into account only the volume of the room. In metres, length x height x width / 12 = approximate kW of wood burner for that room. But there are many other factors which should influence the decision. This is why you should use us to help you assess your requirements and guide you to the right model of the stove.

Yes! When the stove is installed, the original chimney/flue will be closed off using a register plate. When the stove is not in use and the door is closed, to all intents and purposes this major source of draughts in a room will be stopped. When the stove is in use, it will be drawing a much lesser amount of air than an open fire would.


It depends upon the stove installed. A stove will have recommended clearances to combustible materials and we can help you determine if your surround can be kept. If needed, a heat shield can be used to protect a surround. Alternatively, we can make you a surround in slate, including a shelf. This can be a nice ‘upgrade’ to your existing fireplace.

Yes you can. By using a twin-wall flue system, a wood burner can be safely installed into a building with no existing chimney or masonry flue. This is especially useful for houses where the downstairs chimney breast has been removed but the upper chimney system is still intact. If the intended stove location has no chimney system at all then the twin-wall flue can either go up through the ceilings and floors then out through the roof or it can go out through an external wall and up the side of the building. We can supply flues in several powder-coated colours so it doesn’t have to be plain steel.

Yes! We often remove period fireplaces and replace them with a fantastic wood burner installation. We will carry out all aspects of restoration and rebuilding ready for the stove to be installed, such as acid-washing brickwork, re-pointing, rendering or boarding. The choice depends on your preferred finish.

A stove should have reasonable clearance to each side. Most manufacturers recommend around 150mm as a guide but we will assess each situation individually. We will help you determine which stove models could fit. Fireplaces can usually be widened if needed.

Yes, we often fit stone fireplaces (limestone, marble, slate, travertine etc) for our customers.

You need a reasonably sized hearth to sit the wood burner on. There needs to be at least 225mm of clearance from the front of the stove to the edge of the hearth. The hearth needs to be higher than the surrounding floor or clearly marked by a perimeter such as a rail. Hearths can be made of many materials such as slate, stone, granite, brick or tempered glass. We make slate hearths in-house and can provide samples on request.

We cover a wide area of West Yorkshire including Wakefield, Castleford, Barnsley, Leeds, Doncaster, Harrogate and anywhere in-between.

We are happy to complete as little or as much as you need. From supplying the stove, hearth and all other components, to full installation in any style; whether it’s using your existing chimney breast and its features, or an entirely new installation in a modern room or conservatory.

ECO2022 Compliant Stoves

No, there are no proposals or legislation to support this idea.

No. The new EcoDesign legislation will only apply to new stoves on the market after 1st January 2022. This means you can keep your current stove without any worry. If you wish to buy a new stove after the given date, it must comply with EcoDesign.

No. This is not a true reflection of domestic stove emissions. The figures given in news include open fires, incinerators and bonfires as well as stoves. Particulates from domestic stoves only count for under 3% of total emissions.

An incredibly efficient and economical new design. Benefiting from at least 80% fuel efficiency, which means you’ll be saving on fuel while helping improve air quality at the same time.

A government-backed and EU-wide programme designed to lower emissions and improve Europe’s air quality. The EcoDesign legislation will set new efficiency requirements for all stoves. Only stoves that have been tested and approved will be sold and installed in the UK after January 2022.

Yes. The EcoDesign legislation has been written into UK law in preparation for Brexit.