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Things to consider when purchasing a multi-fuel stove

07/07/2014

Things to consider when purchasing a multi-fuel stove

Stove sales have been on the increase as homeowners throughout Ireland search for more efficient means of heating their homes.  Homeowners can save over 60% in fuel costs by installing a high efficiency stove as an alternative to an open fire

Choosing and installing a high efficiency stove should not be a difficult process. However, there are important decisions to make and a few things to look out for to ensure the stove you purchase meets your needs.

What size stove do you need?

You should ensure the stove you choose is the correct size for your requirements.   Do you need to heat a single room or multiple rooms through your central heating system?  A room heating stove simply replaces your open fire and come with various heat outputs depending on the size of your room.  A central heating boiler stove can heat radiators throughout your home. 

What is the stoves operating efficiency?

High efficiency stoves are regarding as stoves with an efficiency of over 65% which means that 65% of the fuel burned in the stove will be converted to useful heat.  A higher efficiency stove represents better value for money.

Is the stove quality approved?

It is vital to look for high quality when choosing your stove. All registered stove systems are listed on Sustainable Energy Ireland's Home-heating Appliance Register of Performance (HARP) database or the HETAS Guide. You should consult these databases prior to selecting a stove. www.seai.ie andwww.hetas.co.uk.  Check to see whether the stove has been manufactured to Irish and European standards

  • CE Mark -  this means that they comply with the essential requirements of the European health, safety and environmental protection legislation
  • ISO certified - IS0 9000 Quality Standard and ISO 14001 Environmental standard - these are the Quality and Environmental standard set by NSAI (National Standards Authority of Ireland)
  • Q Mark - EIQA certification confirms a manufacturer's commitment to the highest standards of quality and excellence.
  • BER Requirements - current building regulations as set out by the Department of Environment

Does the stove have any additional quality features?

  • Cast iron grates - Not all grates are the same in stoves.  Grates with higher chromium content are able to withstand higher firebox temperatures and are more resistant to warping.  Smokeless fuels burn at much higher temperatures than coal and can reduce the lifespan of grates and internal castings with lower chromium content.
  • Superior grade enamel - Stanley have a special enamel formulation that gives a high gloss finish with longer lasting shine to their stoves.
  • CO2 emissions -the latest clean burn technology has been incorporated into Stanley stoves which delivers the most efficient use of energy and protects the environment from harmful fumes - it also helps to keep the window clear for the optimum view of your fire.  For more details on CO2 please read our Carbon Monoxide Awareness leaflet.

What after-sales service is available?

  • What warranty is available with the stove?
  • Will spare parts always be readily available? Cast iron stoves are likely to last over 15-20 years however they may need some replacement parts.  It is therefore advisable to check that you can purchase spare parts through the lifetime of the product

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