Central heating and double glazing may be ultra-efficient at heating your home, but there’s nothing like a real wood fire to transform it into a welcoming and cosy haven. But what’s better?  A stove or an open fire? Or is it just a matter of personal taste? Here’s a look at some of the pros and cons of a stove versus an open fireplace.

Efficiency

As far as heating capabilities are concerned, a stove is far more efficient. An open fire will heat one room, whereas a stove disperses heat more widely, supplementing additional heating and helping to reduce fuel bills. A modern stove will also require less wood than an open fire, so it’s a more environmentally friendly heating source.

Aesthetics

Many would argue that an open fireplace wins hand down. It creates a romantic and welcoming atmosphere that a stand-alone stove often lacks. The mantelpiece can be adorned to create a stunning focal point that is hard to beat. However, modern stoves come in all shapes and sizes, and there are truly stunning designs – from rustic to contemporary – that can totally transform a room. Depending on the age of the house and the condition of the chimney, a stove can be installed in an existing fireplace surround, especially large inglenooks, giving you the benefits of stove heating coupled with the aesthetics of a fireplace and chimney breast. If there’s no chimney breast, a rigid chimney system gives you the flexibility of choosing where you’d like the stove positioned.

Safety

As stoves burn more efficiently, they create less creosote build-up in the flues so there is less risk of a chimney fire. The fire is also more contained and controllable as the glass door prevents sparks and burning embers from escaping.

For information and advice on stove installation, contact Sooty And Sweeps London & Kent offices today.