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Choosing Your Perfect Stove Style – Traditional vs Contemporary

Choosing Your Perfect Stove Style – Traditional vs Contemporary

When you’re deciding on which stove and style is right for you it’s really worth considering not just the aesthetic (although that is REALLY important of course!) but some more practical factors worth considering before moving on to what will look best are:

What type of space are you installing in to? Livingroom, conservatory etc.

  • What type of space are you installing in to? Livingroom, conservatory etc.
  • Whether or not the room in which you are installing also has central heating/ underfloor heating and how effectively it works
  • Ceiling height – seems odd but trust us, it’s an important factor!
  • Chimney – do you need one, or if you have one already have it tested before you install a new stove
  • What kind of  heat output will be needed (KW output)

As an indicator it is generally accepted that for every 14 cubic metres of space, you will need 1kW (approximately) of heat output in order to a achieve a room temperature of 21 degrees in an otherwise unheated room.

Once you have an idea of what size of output, and if your chimney is suitable for your new stove you then are down to the more “fun” aspects!

The style and function of the room in which you are installing your stove will dictate a lot of the stove you chose, also the overall aesthetic of your home will play a part. If you have an ultra-modern glass fronted home with all white surfaces and lots of open spaces chances are that you will want a larger output modern style stove there are many of these more modern styles available now – these examples of the Contura i51 which Contura say “With generous glass areas on three sides and a spacious firebox, Contura i51 is truly an insert for the modern home. The technology beneath the aesthetic hood is specially adapted for houses with modern heating technology that creates negative pressure.”

Contura I51 T
Contura I51 T

We also love the Jøtul F481 for it’s “architectural, clean expression”  The pedestal works, not only as a design feature, but also as practical storage space for accessories and logs.

F 481 Int 2
F 481 Int 2

If you have a very classic home or a traditional fire place it is likely that you will want more of a practical traditional square cast iron design – although some of the more traditional style stoves now come in a range of colours. The Charnwood Cove 2 is available in a range of finishes to compliment your room.

Cove 2
Charnwood Cove 2

If the Cove is still a little more contemporary than you’d like and you are looking for a fully traditional stove which will look classic and timeless there are a number of options in varying outputs and sizes in the showroom. Here are a couple of our top picks. The Classic lines of both the Chesney’s Salisbury (pictured left) and the ACR Rowan Dale (right) offer the traditional stove look but with all the Eco Credentials you need to ensure you are Clean Air compliant even in Smoke Control Areas (SCA). 

Chesney's Salisbury
Chesney’s Salisbury
ACR Rowandale
ACR Rowandale

Finally there is another option for those of you wanting a bit different there is always the Clearview or Dean Forge stoves which have a small oven in the top, prefect for a multi-function appliance, warm your supper whilst warming your home!

Dean Forge Baker 5
Dean Forge Baker 5
Clear View Pioneer
Clear View Pioneer

We have a huge array of stoves in our showroom so if you have an idea of what you want – or even if you don’t – pop in and meet our team and we will help you decide on the best style and functionality for you.