Most modern homes with fireplaces often have open fires without realising all of the benefits of having an enclosed stove. With gas and electric prices at all-time highs in the winter months many homes benefit more from using fireplaces but in using an enclosed stove you will find increased savings in fuel which will produce the same or if not a better heat output. Statistics show that in the colder months, open fireplaces have around an 18% heat output with the remainder of the heat travelling up the chimney. Comparatively, a well installed stove has an efficiency output of 80% or higher whilst using up to four times less fuel.
Open fires just as the name suggests are completely open so when the fire eventually goes out, it becomes harder to keep the room warm as heat is lost through the open chimney. However, with an enclosed chimney (again, as the name suggests) it is enclosed meaning that there is next to no chimney draft as the flue is closed. The heat that is in the room is able to be maintained even when the fire goes out and in some cases a back boiler can be fitted to the stove which will warm the house with the remaining heat.
There are however a few things to consider before having a stove installed in your home starting with buying and installing a carbon monoxide detector. Regardless of whether you have an open or closed fire fitting you should have a CO2 detector as well as a smoke alarm in your home. Whilst a stove fireplace is far less likely than an open fire to have any gas leaks from the flue it is in any case a good precautionary measure.
As is to be expected, during its use, the stove will become extremely hot and therefore dangerous especially if you have any young children in your home. In this instances you will want to look into protection guards to place around it.
You must make sure that your home complies with certain regulations before installing your stove as it could be dangerous otherwise. These includes things such as adequate ventilation and if necessary having a ventilation system installed connecting to the outside. Some stoves do not have the ability to be linked to these kinds of systems so it is important to look into this before having it installed. You must also make sure that there is an appropriate environment to be installing a stove into with nothing combustible or dangerous surrounding it.
The final and most important part of your stove installation is that it is done by a professional from a renowned stove and flue installation business. If it is not properly installed it puts you, your property and surrounding properties at great risk.