What size stove do I need?The following formula will help you calculate the size stove needed to adequately heat your room. Please remember that the number of doors and windows etc. in a room will have a marginal effect, so always over rather than under estimate.
To produce a comfortable room temperature of around 70°F (21°C) when the outside temperature is 0°, you will need 1kW of heat for every 14 cubic metres of space.
If you do not have double glazed windows in the room then add 1kW for each window. If you have radiators in the room that you plan to keep running minus 1kW for each radiator.
Firstly you need to calculate the cubic metres of your room, by multiplying the length, the width and the height. If you then divide this figure by 14, you will get the kW required to comfortably heat your room.
(Length in metres x width in metres x height in metres) ÷ 14 = kW
Many of our stoves are extremely controllable so you may have it burning at lower temperatures on a summers evening and full output on a snowy day!
For example the Clearview Pioneer can be burning efficiently from 1kw to 5kw.
What are the benefits of a multi-fuel stove?A multi-fuel stove will burn a variety of different fuels. Recommended fuels include seasoned wood, smokeless fuel, coal, peat and eco blocks.
A multi-fuel stove is significantly more efficient than an open fire cutting down running costs, carbon emissions and eradicating draughts caused by a constantly open flue.
By installing a stove you become independent from the major fuel suppliers and have more freedom to choose your fuel type to suit your lifestyle and budget. All your fuel will be bought in advance so you will have no more nasty surprises when that gas/electricity bill lands on your doorstep after a freezing winter!
The best fuel to use is seasoned hardwood. For the best results this means dry wood with a moisture content below 20% that is well, but not too tightly, packed into the firebox. The more moisture there is in the wood, the more it will smoke and possibly cause tar to build up in the chimney. Not only that but it will produce less heat.
It sounds common sense but plastic should never be burned on a stove as it harms the environment as well as doing the stove and lining no good what so ever. Plastic can be recycled very easily.
What is Airwash?Airwash is achieved by drawing air across the doors to create a barrier between the burning fire and the glass. By preheating this air the overall temperature of combustion is increased keeping the door glass cleaner during operation. The most effective airwash is on the clearview stove range as the air gets incredibly hot before running over the glass, keeping it clean and burning off any soot if it manages to stick to it. The double glazing on this brand helps the airwash process and has no effect of the heat output on the stove.
Whats the difference between steel and cast iron stoves?A cast iron stove is made of panels that are bolted together, normally with rope joints, and is the traditional material used to manufacture a stove. The heavy panels take time to heat up and hold their heat, giving a high heat output for a long time.
Steel stoves are made from a sheet of steel that is cut, pressed and welded together. It heats up very quickly to give prompt heat to a room. By being more airtight it is easier to “turn down” the temperature by reducing the air allowed into the stove.
So there is basically no better or worse, it is down to which type of stove suits your needs and wants, with many quality stoves now combining a steel body with cast iron doors, to get the best out of both metals.