Beginners Guide to Buying a Wood Burning Stove

Beginners Guide to Buying a Wood Burning Stove We've put together this list of articles to help you in the process of buying your stove. We hope you find it useful.

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Choosing the Right Wood Burning Stove

Installation & Regulations

Heating Water and Radiators


Fuel & Efficiency


Using a Wood Burning Stove


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Gr8Fires 2018-10-29 15:03:34
@ Bernard Jones Hi Bernard That's the baffle plate, which keeps flammable gases in the stove for
as long as possible so that you get as much burn from your fuel as possible and to make it a greener
burn. It's possible you didn't put the baffle plate back correctly when it first fell/was replaced.
They can be tricky, so consult your manual or stove manufacturer to find out exactly what it sits on
(there's often a ledge or protrusion of some kind for it to rest on). If it's fallen again because
something is warped or mishaped, that would suggest your stove is being operated incorrectly (either
through overfiring or burning the wrong sort of fuel) and this is damaging the internal
parts. Thanks, Gr8Fires

Bernard Jones 2018-10-28 15:27:18
Cast iron roof liner has fallen down on to the fire. There was a large bang. This happened earlier
in the year when the liner actually buckled. This is a replacement and it's happened again. What
would be the cause? Is it safe to use the wood burner without this. Many thanks

Gr8Fires 2018-09-18 14:55:16
@ Mark Hermiston Hi Mark Here you go:

Mark Hermiston 2018-09-18 13:02:38
Multifuel Wood Burning Stove What is the surrounding Distance for inflamable material such as
plasterboard from a stove . Thanks Mark

Gr8Fires 2018-08-28 11:16:42
@ Ian Leather Hi Ian Please contact us directly via phone or here: Thanks, Gr8Fires

Ian Leather 2018-07-16 21:06:48
Hi Can you help and provide a quote for the following parts; Flue 6" Black 570mm Telescopice Pipe
x 2 90T, Cap and Bracket Retro Wall Bands x 3 Extender Arms x 1 45° x 2 100mm x 6 Flat Trim
Plate "round" x 2 800 x 800 Fire Board Regards Ian

Gr8Fires 2018-07-04 15:07:43
@ Q Wilson Yes, it's always advisable to remove a back boiler that is present but not in
use. Thanks, Gr8Fires

Q Wilson 2018-06-06 09:31:58
I have a Wenlock multi fuel stove with a back boiler. I wish to disconnect the water supply and
operate as a radiant fire only. Will I have problems with overheating and possible damage?

Gr8Fires 2018-01-10 21:23:37
@ Lesley Spiller Hi Lesley Sounds like tar condensation: Thanks,

Lesley Spiller 2018-01-09 14:01:22
Our inset wood burner has recently started producing dot like, black, tar marks on the OUTSIDE of
the glass. They are quite difficult to remove and I wondered what is causing them. Our wood burner
is four years old and is serviced and swept yearly.

Gr8Fires 2017-12-29 10:44:09
@ claire salter Hi Claire The lifespan of the fire bricks will depend on how the stove is operated.
The 3/4 months you've indicated would certainly be at the shorter end of the scale, so perhaps
you've been using a fuel that's not recommended for use or, more likely, overfiring the stove. This
is allowing too much oxygen into the firebox, resulting in a very hot, roaring fire that can cause
damage to the internal parts of the stove. Replacements are available in the Stove Spares section
you'll see at the top of the page (you didn't mention which stove you have or we would have given
you the direct link). Thanks, Gr8Fires

Gr8Fires 2017-12-29 10:30:08
@ lynda nelson Hi Lynda No, the baffle won't be the problem - that just helps to keep gases in the
firebox for longer so that as much of fuel as possible gets burnt before the flammable gases
disappear up the flue. Some blackening of the glass is inevitable. If the problem is particularly
bad, it could be down to the fuel you're using (perhaps the wood isn't dry enough) or because the
new stove needs to be operated slightly differently than you're old appliance and you haven't quite
found the balance for an efficient burn yet. Thanks, Gr8Fires

claire salter 2017-12-28 15:52:15
Hi I brought a stove from you in September - which had been fantastic however today whilst cleaning
the ashes out I noticed both of the the internal fried bricks are broken into about 5 pieces - could
you please tell me how often these bricks are supposed to be replaced and how much they are. Kind
regards C.salter

lynda nelson 2017-12-23 18:29:19
iv just lit my new fire for first time it has a baffle plate that my previous fire didnt have do i
need this and the glass has completeley blacked up why im wondering is it due to baffle plate iv
never had complete blck glass in just a few minsany advise please

Gr8Fires 2017-10-02 11:04:11
@ Ivor Lee Hi Ivor Any fireplace is suitable as long as it meets legal requirements and the
manufacturer's advice for space around the stove and distance to combustible materials:
ve/ Thanks, Gr8Fires

Ivor lee 2017-09-29 18:04:07
Wot type of fireplace do i need to install a 5 /6 kw log buner on the one i have is a ornate resin
type! And i want it sitting out not insurted in chimmley brest

Gr8Fires 2017-02-27 17:13:42
@ Brian Wilson Hi Brian, Yes, as long as you have a 5-inch to 6-inch adaptor it should be
fine. Thanks, Gr8Fires

brian wilson 2017-02-27 16:45:43
i am interested in the mazona rocky smoke exempt stove.will it perform ok with my six inch flu

Gr8Fires 2016-11-20 07:43:24
@ mark kane Hi Mark, You're probably referring to Document J of the Building Regulations
(, which includes
regulations on the distance between a stove and combustible materials. The regulations do not apply
to Class 5 (Ancillary buildings) and Class 6 (Small detached buildings), so your shed is likely to
be exempt. That said, it makes sense to follow the regulations where possible for your safety and
peace of mind. This will probably be most easily achieved with the use of a heat
shield. Thanks, Gr8Fires

mark kane 2016-11-17 15:59:24
hi there i was wondering if you could help. i have recently built a log cabin/man cave in my back
garden after speaking to someone they informed me that because i have walls made of wood there are a
few restrictions on what log/stove burners i could get. the size of the cabin is 7 meters length by
3 meters wide by 2.8 meters high. i was hoping to put the log burner in the corner of the room near
the walls could you please advise. also i would like a multi fuel burner.

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