- What size is the room to be heated?
Stoves come in various shapes and sizes and, consequently, have differing heating outputs. The size of the room to be heated will dictate the size of the stove.
A simple device for calculating the room heating requirement is to measure the room’s height x width x depth and divide by 14 if the measurement is in meters or by 500 if in feet – the calculation will give you a nominal Kilowatt requirement on which to base your purchase. It might be wise to choose a stove with a slightly higher output than required as most manufacturers state a maximum rather than a nominal output.
This calculation is based on an average house, however, if a house is well insulated the divisions of 500 could be replaced with 650 and 14 could upgrade to 16.
- Chimney Lining
Is the property’s chimney lined? If so, what type – clay pot lining, pumice lining, a pumped concrtete liner or a Class 1 or 2 stainless steel liner. Existing liners must be smoke tested prior to the installation of a new appliance.
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- Anything else?
There is usually a choice as to the location of the flue pipe that comes off the stove, it can come out of the back or the top of the appliance. Most stove manufacturers offer a choice of optional extras such as high or low canopies , a plinth or short or long legs and, sometimes, colour options and enamel versions.