Beginners Guide to Buying a Wood Burning Stove

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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 2018-01-10 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.

Gr8Fires 2016-06-13 17:39:52
@ Phil Summers Hi Phil, You will be allowed to burn wood in a smoke control area as long as the
appliances you choose are DEFRA exempt: We offer finance: - please contact us to discuss in more detail. Here is some
advice on your flue question:
stove/ Thanks, Gr8Fires

Phil Summers 2016-06-12 18:30:08
I am looking at purchasing 2 inset multi fuel heaters. 1 question I have is will I be able to burn
wood in a smokeless zone with these? I would also wish to look at finance to purchase them. I have
no ccj's etc, but my credit score is only average. Also would I need to use a flu? I currently use
open fires and have brick chimneys with a pot on top with a chimney cowl on both chimneys Many
thanks Phil

Gr8Fires 2016-04-07 09:52:56
@ Linda Chandley Hi Linda, Please find a basic overview of the hearth requirements here: Thanks, Gr8Fires

Mrs Linda Chandley 2016-03-29 08:52:24
I'm thinking of buying a wood burning stove. How big does the base/hearth need to be that it stands
on? I'm only wanting a small stove., 4-6 output. Regards Linda

Gr8Fires 2016-02-03 16:43:16
@ Jackie Sullivan Hi Jackie The 5-inch question is a bit of a grey area. Originally, Building
Regulations stated the flue must be at least 6 inches. There are now some exceptions and new rules
that allow them to be used if this is recommended by the manufacturer, but some installers just
refuse to work with 5-inch flues. However, that doesn't explain the jump to 8 inches (maybe your
installer can provide a reason for this). Assuming a heat resistant paint was used, the peeling is
probably because the pain was applied too thickly. Thanks, Gr8Fires

Jackie Sullivan 2016-01-30 13:06:43
hello I have a question which I'm hoping you may be able to answer. I have had a 5k multi fuel
burner installed in my conservatory (no chimney). It has a 5in flue outlet, however my installer
has increased this with an adaptor to 8in which quite frankly looks ridiculous for the size of the
fire. I understand it needs a twin flue pipe systems but as these come in 5in size I don't
understand why he has taken it up so large? All he will say is that it needs to be that size to
comply. Could you please tell me if this is true? Also we have a bad problem of the black paint
just peeling away from the adaptor collar? Thank you so much for your help in advance, jackie

Gr8Fires 2015-09-28 07:15:21
@Kevin Brown. Hi Kevin, Of course, your stove manufacturer's advice should take precedence over
anything we say, but many people swear by pine cones as kindling or even fire lighters. We'd suggest
collecting a winter in advance, if possible, allowing the pine cones to dry for a full summer.

Kevin Brown 2015-09-26 14:18:46
Hi Alan, I have just installed a multi fuel inset stove in our living room and was wondering what
you thought about using dried fir cones as kindling. I guess that they contain resin and as such may
not be too kind to the chimney. I look forward to your view. Thanks.

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