You can of course continue to heat your home with a electric or gas heater or turn on your underfloor heating but when we have load shedding none of this will keep you warm. Also, using electricity and gas to heat your home is not environmentally friendly!

Closed combustion, wood burning stoves provide an efficient, independent and guaranteed means of heating your home…even when Eskom is off. Here are some added benefits to purchasing a wood stove:

  • A wood stove or fireplace is a lovely feature in any home. It adds heat, heart and health (value) to your life while living in your home and increases the resell value when it comes time to sell.
  • With Stove Efficiency levels of 65% – 90%, compared to an open fire with a 25% – 30%, a closed combustion stove is a low cost alternative.
  • While the initial cost to purchase and install may seem high, the total cost of ownership is much lower than other forms of heating.
  • You have the added benefit of ensuring you are warm and healthy during cold days.
  • When the lights are off, your wood burner is a source of light and a place to gather!
  • You can load your closed combustion wood burner, close the door and go to bed knowing that your family and home are safe. Unlike an open combustion fireplace that needs to be put out before going to sleep.

Stove Types

When choosing which type of stove is right for you, there are types to consider:

Wood-burning, Pellet Burning or Multi-Fuel stoves?

Wood-burning Stoves will burn seasoned wood or approved wood products only, whereas Multi-Fuel Stoves can burn approved solid smokeless fuel or seasoned wood. Pellet burners will burn only the right size and type of wood pellet (readily available in South Africa).

Wood-burning only stoves may not have a grate or ash-pan, and the wood-fuel will be burnt directly on the base of the stove. Multi-Fuel stoves will have a grate (either a static grate or an riddling grate) and a ash pan for removing the ashes. Pellet burners produce such little waste that the small ash pan or brazier is simply vacuumed clean.

Room Heating only Stove, Cooker Stove or Boiler Stove?

Boiler Stoves are available in wood only and can provide domestic hot water and water to run the central heating system. It is possible to add domestic hot water to some room heating stoves with a special boiler sleeve. Adding a boiler to a stove will reduce the heat output of the stove to the room. Boiler stoves and the connection to new or existing domestic water (geysers, radiators etc.) is a specialist craft and requires a trained plumber.

Cooker stoves not only provide heat to the room but also use the burning wood to heat an oven and stove top. Some cooker stoves (special order items) are cookers, room warmers and boiler stoves!

Free-Standing Stoves or Inset Stove

Free-Standing Stoves are suitable for installing as a stand-alone stove in the room or within an inglenook or a large recess in a chimney breast. Inset stoves are available in various sizes and are suitable for installing into a standard fire opening built into an existing chimney breast.

Traditional or Contemporary Stove

Whether you opt for a traditional or a contemporary stove, the decision is generally dependant on your own personal preference and the style of house or setting the stove is to be installed in. The output, quality and efficiency of the stoves are measured as standard regardless of the look and design.

Radiant or Convection Stove

There are two types of stoves, radiant stoves and convector / convection stoves. Radiant stoves concentrated the heat directly around the stove itself. Convection / convector stoves will distribute the heat out into the whole room. Convection stoves are very suitable for installing in open plan living areas. Ask us about our convection pellet burners with the multi-fuoco ® system.

Read our top 10 reasons to buy a closed combustion fireplace.

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