FAQs

 

 

 

Is a stove more efficient than an open fire?

Yes. Enclosed stoves can be up to 60% more efficient than an open fire basket where most of the heat goes up the chimney. Open fires are typically only around 20% efficient. A wood-burning stove re-circulates combustion particles and is designed to burn at a much higher temperature. This means gases present in the smoke are fully burned which results in a thermal efficiency of around 80%. In other words you can get around 4 times as much heat from a log burnt on a modern wood stove than from an open fire. Wood burning stoves also produce less smoke and ash than open fires and you don’t need to worry about sparks or hot coals/logs escaping.

Is it possible to have a stove installed in my home?

We can advise whether it will be possible to install a wood burning stove in your home. That’s what our no-strings site survey is for.

Which stove is right for me?

This pretty much boils down to the size of room you want to heat, the existing heating and insulation and your preferred style of burner. We can advise on the power output you’ll need when we do a free site survey.

Are wood burners safe?

Properly installed and maintained wood burners provide a safe alternative to open fires. As stoves are made from cast iron or steel they are hot to the touch when in use, so it’s important to use gloves when opening and closing the door. If young children are present when the stove is in use we suggest you use a fire guard. Never leave young children unsupervised when a wood burner is in use.

What fuel can I burn in my stove?

Many parts of the UK, including London, have been designated as Smoke Control Areas. In these areas you can emit smoke from a chimney if you’re using authorised fuel (such as manufactured solid smokeless fuels) or using an exempt appliance. These are appliances (ovens, wood burners and stoves) which have been exempted by Statutory Instruments (Orders) under the Clean Air Act 1993 and have passed tests to confirm that they are capable of burning solid fuel without emitting smoke. Firefly only sells Defra exempt stoves.

What sort of wood should I use?

The secret to a great fire is good quality seasoned (dry) wood. Seasoning only happens with time and dry, airy conditions. The water content of freshly cut logs is typically 35-40% but can be as high at 50%. This won’t burn reliably or efficiently and can cause a buildup in your chimney or flu. Well-seasoned firewood will have a moisture content of around 20% which will produce a beautiful and efficient fire. When buying firewood opt for hardwood species, as softwoods tend to spit and burn very fast so you will use much more than the same volume of good hardwoods. Firefly only sells sustainable logs from responsibly managed sources.

Which stove is right for me?

This pretty much boils down to the size of room you want to heat, the existing heating and insulation and your preferred style of burner. We can advise on the power output you’ll need when we do a free site survey.

Are wood burners safe?

Properly installed and maintained wood burners provide a safe alternative to open fires. As stoves are made from cast iron or steel they are hot to the touch when in use, so it’s important to use gloves when opening and closing the door. If young children are present when the stove is in use we suggest you use a fire guard. Never leave young children unsupervised when a wood burner is in use.