Buying a wood-burning stove? Here’s what you need to know

Blog / 03.12.17

There are many variables that go into deciding what kind of wood burner is most suitable for where you live. Whether it’s a freestanding, inset or cassette model, everything from the type of fuel you use to the size of the room you’re installing it in will determine how much heat is required to feel warm and comfortable. To help guide you through some of the factors involved, we’ve rounded up five key considerations that you’ll need to bear in mind when choosing the right stove for you.

  • Freestanding wood burning stove

    Freestanding wood burning stove

  • Inset wood burning stove

    Inset wood burning stove

  • Cassette wood burning stove

    Cassette wood burning stove

How freestanding, inset and cassette stoves heat differently

As well as offering a great choice of style it’s important to consider other factors as which contribute to which kind of wood burner is best for you. With suitability for many locations and its high efficiency rate, a freestanding stove releases heat slowly, diffusing it to give an even output through the room. Inset stoves, meanwhile, as well as fitting snugly into an existing fireplace can be just as efficient with up to 80% of their output filling the chosen space, rather than going up the chimney. As for cassette stoves, their added convected heat output and direct air supply compatibility means that they can help to preserve warmth, since the fire gets all of its necessary oxygen from outside, instead of drawing air from inside.

Which fuel? The benefits of multi-fuel stoves

When it comes to fuel types, there’s no longer any need to choose between wood and solid fuel stoves, as multi-fuel stoves like those with Arada’s unique Flexifuel system provide the means to burn varieties of smokeless and solid fuel types as well as wood fuel. Creating a cleaner burn, these smokeless fuels require less refuelling and give off more heat than a similar volume of firewood. Plus, Arada’s crucible-shaped Flexigrate bars ensure that the fuel is constantly fed towards the centre of the fire, creating the perfect environment so that none of the fuel goes unburnt.

Calculate your kilowatts

A key task on your wood-burning to-do list is to establish how much heat you actually need in any given room of the house. As a rough guide, we recommend first measuring the space, then multiplying its width, depth and height (in metres), and dividing that by 14. This will give you the average heating requirement of the room in kilowatts, and ensure that the size and output of your stove is proportional to the area you want to warm. The last thing you want is to have friends over who are stiflingly hot or shivering cold!

Consider what sort of home you live in

You might reside in a two-bed terrace or a spacious detached, which will certainly have an impact on which burner is right for you. You always want to take into consideration points such as how high your ceilings are, if there are stairs or other potential heat vacuums, and how much glass is used throughout, as this will all affect how much heat you’ll need to radiate. And don’t forget, there can be a considerable difference between new-build homes and older properties, so don’t forget to tailor your wood-burning requirements to fit

Think about existing insulation

There are a number of factors to consider when it comes to how well insulated your space already is. According to EDF Energy, 25% of our homes’ heat is lost through uninsulated roofs, meaning there’s a big difference in terms of how big or powerful a stove you’re likely to need. Whether or not your windows are double or single-glazed, if you have carpeted or bare floors, and the age and size of the property itself are all contributing factors, along with modern building materials especially used for any renovation work you’ve had done.



  • Classic Wood Burning Stoves

    Epitomising traditional design, these stoves are equally at home inside a red-bricked chimney breast of a cosy cottage or glowing within the grand fireplace of a country home. Either way, they have an abundance of charm and character.

    Our Timeless Classic stoves have either one or two door options.

  • Contemporary Wood Burning Stoves

    An elegant feature slotted neatly into a bright, spacious room or a dramatic centrepiece that provides wow factor, our contemporary stoves let you create the look you want.
    Clean-cut lines and big viewing windows emphasise the beauty of the fire whilst offering top efficiency ratings.

    Our contemporary stoves are available across three different form factors - inset, cassette or freestanding.

  • Hardworking Heating

    With designs to suit any setting, our boiler stoves offer the perfect fusion of style and practicality. Our compact multi fuel and wood boiler models are economical, reliable and sustainable, providing an alternative to traditional central heating systems or work in combination with them.

    Just like our Contemporary Living stoves, these are available in three shapes; inset, cassette or freestanding.

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