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Should the handle on the Cara Insert be on permanently?

No. The handle on the Cara Insert stove is not meant to be permanently fixed to the door rather it is meant to be detachable. Instructions for use of same are as follows:

To open the door, insert the silver end of the handle into the door latch on the fire door, turn the handle clockwise and pull the door towards you. To close the door, insert the handle into the door latch as before, push the door closed, turn the handle anticlockwise to engage the door catch and remove the door handle.


How to clean the chimney on a solid fuel stove

Prior to installing the stove, consideration must be given to providing access around the unit to allow for general cleaning and maintenance. All Stanley Solid Fuel Stoves contain either a removable baffle (Non Boiler Models) or a boiler cleaning plate (Boiler Models) which allow for access to the stove flue outlets to provide access for cleaning. On non boiler models when connected to the top chimney outlet, it will be possible to clean the chimney from the stove using a flue brush and chimney rods. For other types of flue configurations (i.e. certain boiler models and where sharp bends are used), it is most likely that access to the chimney system will need to provided by means of a cleaning door on the flue pipes connecting directly to the stove. 

The chimney should be cleaned twice annually or if the stove is not used for a prolonged period during the summer period, it should be cleaned prior to commencement of usage. Always use a brush with plastic bristles that is the correct size to reach all areas of the flue. For flue systems containing different diameter pipe sizes, flexible flue brushes, such as the Sooteater Rotary Chimney Cleaning System, are available which ensure all areas of the flue are thoroughly cleaned. 

Can I install a solid fuel stove into a new build?

The current building regulations (Building Regulations Part L) state that all new dwellings must provide a minimum of 10 KWh/m²/annum (m2 of floor area) contribution from renewable sources to energy use for space heating and hot water, or 4 KWh/ m²/annum of electrical energy from a renewable source.

  • Renewable energy sources are classified as follows:
  • Solar thermal systems
  • Wood and pellet stoves
  • Wood pellet/chip boilers
  • Heat pumps

In the case of a wood burning stove, it must be installed in the largest living space to fulfil contribution to renewable energy (as detailed in the DEAP Manual) of the renewable energy requirement.

There is confusion in the marketplace with builders, architects and consumers alike who are under the impression that solid fuel stoves legally cannot be installed into new builds. While our Stanley solid fuel stoves will not contribute to the 10KWh/m2/annum contribution from renewable resources, this does not pre-empt them being installed.  You can install multi fuel stoves with or without central heating and a multi fuel stoves will improve your BER rating compared to an open fire by 10% , 3 times more efficient than an open fire.

Woodburning stoves are dedicated woodburners which means you can't burn anything other than wood or you will damage the appliance. Woodburning stoves are most popular in room heating only models and there very few central heating models in the marketplace.  It is important to note that woodburning stoves will contribute a percentage (not all) of your renewable resource requirements and the unit must be fitted in the largest living space in the house.

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