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Buying a Stove - Stove Buyers Guide

Cara Insert matt black solid fuel stove


Choosing a stove is one of the most important decisions you will make. Open fires are wasteful of energy with more than 70% of the energy going up the chimney. Replacing an open fire with a stove will improve the home BER energy rating on average by 8-10% per annum, resulting in lower heating costs..

Before installing you will need to make a couple of decisions. The following are guidelines which help you through the process.

Selecting the right Stanley stove for you - Room heating versus central heating stove

Cara+ Insert stove in lifestyle settingThe first question when considering reducing your energy bills and reliance on other fuels is:

"Do I need to heat just a single room space using a room heating stove or multiple rooms using a central heating stove?''

Stanley has many models to suit your needs from room heating models that provide heat from 6.4kW up to 14.7kW for the Erin to room and central heating stoves that start at 3 radiators and go all the way up to 12 radiators.  Room and Central heating stoves also provide heat to the room they are lighting in starting from 2kW up to 6kW of heat

How do I calculate how much room heat I need?

It's important to determine the heating requirements of the room the stove is in. Use the following calculation as a general rule of thumb. You can also use our Stove Chooser on our website

Height (m) x Length (m) x Width (m) x .0606 =  ?kW

This calculation should be used as a guide - the heat required may vary depending on the level of room insulation and natural sunlight.  Check out our stove chooser here.

Can I use a Stanley stove with my back boiler*?

Your back boiler must be decommissioned before installing a Stanley stove. However existing connections can be reconfigured for connection to the stove.  Consult with your installer before making a stove purchase.

*Assumption is that there is only one chimney per household and the back boiler is in the location where you want to install your stove.

Insert versus freestanding stove

Lismore multi fuel stove in fireplace settingInsert stoves are integrated stoves which are built into the standard fireplace opening. For smaller rooms or narrow hearths, Inserts are an ideal solution. If you choose an insert you must ensure clearance to combustibles are adhered to or use a non-combustible material for your fireplace. Inserts are available in room heating only and central heating models namely the Cara Insert stove and Cara+ Insert stove respectively.

Freestanding stoves tend to be bigger in size and take up more space in the room. They can be located on the existing heart provided it's suitable for the size and weight of the stove.

Do I need a Hearth to sit my stove on?

Yes the stove needs to sit on a heat resistant non-combustible hearth strong enough to support the weight of the stove. As our stoves are made from cast iron, heat radiates from all stove surfaces.

What is Clearance to Combustibles and why are they important?

Your  fireplace must be made from a non combustible material such as granite or marble or in the case of wood be large enough to ensure is adheres to the selected stove clearance to combustibles requirements.

Clearances to combustibles are outlined in each of stove manuals and must be observed when installing your stove.

Do I need to clean my chimney before you install your stove?

Aoife solid fuel stove in fireplace settingBefore installing your new solid fuel stove, ensure your chimney/flue has been professionally inspected and that any required cleaning or repair work has been carried out.

It is very important that the chimney is thoroughly cleaned before and after installing the stove and at least once a year thereafter.  Purpose for having the stove cleaned after installation is that building debris may lodge in the flue system after the installation of the appliance especially if some remodelling work had to be done to install the stove.

What fuel can I use in my stove?

Stanley stoves are multifuel stoves which mean they can burn anthracite, coal, smokeless fuel, seasoned peat briquettes and dried wood. Do not use high moisture content fuels as they will affect performance & damage the unit.

The heat output from your stove is dependent on the air settings and type of fuel you burn, all fuels should be stored under cover and kept as dry as possible prior to use

Who can I get to install my stove?

We recommend you always use a competent installer.  All Stanley approved stockists will be able to recommend someone to make a site visit and install your stove

Online Warranty Registration

It is important that when you purchase your Stanley stove that you register it online to future proof your warranty.

Stanley solid fuel stoves are covered for up to five years after the date of purchase. For a detailed breakdown on our 5 year warranty, please click here.

To Register Your Warranty, please click here.

Spare Parts

At Waterford Stanley we stock spare parts on all our stoves and cookers we sell today and hold spares parts on stoves discontinued up to 10 years and cookers discontinued up to 15 years.

Your local Stanley Centre or Stanley stockist will be pleased to supply spare parts and to provide any other information your require. For further information on your stove or cooker and exploded views, go to the Technical Manuals section or to find your nearest Stockist.



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