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Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question about our range of stoves in Blackburn? Check out our FAQ’s!

A stove burns fuel or uses electricity to generate heat, whether that be for cooking or for warmth. The stoves we sell here at Canturbury fires include wood-burning, multi-fuel, gas and electric stoves that keep you toasty warm.

A wood-burning stove needs to be installed by a professional. Trying to install one yourself isn’t safe and come result in fire risks, carbon monoxide poisoning and damaging your stove.

Our fitters are Gas Safe and HETAS registered for total peace of mind, so you can enjoy all the benefits of your new stove without the risks.

A multi-fuel stove can burn wood, smokeless fuel and coal. The main difference between a wood burner and a multi-fuel stove is that wood burners have no ashpan and a fixed grate, whereas multi-fuel stoves have a raised grate system and removable ashpan. This is because wood burns best on a bed of ash, whereas other fuels need airflow for effective burning.

Wood burners aren’t the most environmentally friendly choice for a stove. However, if you live in a rural area, new eco-burners are not too much of a concern.

The latest government data suggests that wood-burning stoves produce 17% of small particle pollution in our air, which given the current air quality crisis, is a problem.

However, despite the fact that burning wood gives off so much carbon dioxide, wood is a carbon-neutral energy source. This means that the amount of CO2 a tree absorbs during its lifetime is balanced by the amount of CO2 released when the wood is burned, so there’s effectively none added to the atmosphere. 

Still, if you live in an urban area, there are not likely to be many trees around to absorb the CO2, which increases the air pollution, so you might be better choosing a gas or electric option instead.

Yes, wood-burning stoves are safe. Unlike open fires, a stove keeps the fire and its fumes contained. That doesn’t mean to say they’re without risks and complications. Having your stove installed by a professional, as per building regulations and the manufacturers’ guidelines along with careful care and maintenance will ensure your safety.

Despite all the rumours, wood-burning stoves are not going to be banned. You can still use your old stove but now all new stoves bought must be clean-burning stoves.

No, you can’t burn coal in a wood stove as coal burns much hotter than wood, which can cause damage to the stove. You can only burn coal on a multi-fuel stove.

Yes, you can install a wood-burning stove in a fireplace, providing it has a class 1 chimney. If you had an open wood and coal fire previously then you should have a class 1 chimney.  However, if you had a gas fire you might have a class 2 chimney, which isn’t suitable for a stove.

  • Wood burning stoves: these stoves are intended for the burning of wood to produce heat. For a cosy aesthetic, and toasty warmth, a wood-burning stove is a good choice.
  • Multi-fuel stoves: with a multi-fuel stove, you can burn wood, coal and other smokeless fuels. If you plan to have your stove burning a lot, this is a great option for you.
  • Gas heating stoves: use gas to create flames that produce heat. This is a mess-free way to have a fire in your home that provides a nice amount of warmth with the switch of a button.
  • Electric heating stoves: provide heat and a flame-like effect using electricity. You won’t need a chimney for an electric stove and have the option to switch on the flames without the heat – perfect for summer evenings.