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Stove Features


There are many features to look out for. Here is a short alphabetical summary of some of them: please let us know if there are any we have missed!

Adjustable Grate

Grate that can be opened to burn solid fuel, or closed to burn wood

Air Wash

A system that flows air in at the top front of a stove, keeps the glass clear of smoke and soot, and provides an air supply for secondary burning, which gives a good view of the flames and more efficient use of the fuel

Ash Pan

Container that holds the ash ready for removal

Back Boiler

Boiler fitted in place of the back firebrick, which provides a hot water supply and reduces the direct room heating output of the stove

Balanced Flue

System for gas stoves that allows the stove to be fitted to an outside wall where there is no chimney available


Hood above the stove, designed to complement the stove's design, and assist integration of the stove into the fireplace

Chromium Steel Grate

Grate that is made to withstand the high temperatures generated by petrochemical-based fuels

Convection Panel

Additional panel, usually behind the stove, that helps the warmth reach the air in the room, increasing the stoves heating efficiency

Double Sided

Stoves with doors front and back, designed to be viewed from both sides. Useful when the stove is fitted in a wall between two interconnected rooms or as a centrepiece in very large rooms

Electronic Ignition

System that lights gas and oil stoves at the touch of a button

Fire Brick

Fire bricks are used in many wood burning stoves and multifuel stoves to help protect the steel or cast iron bodies while at the same time increasing the internal firebox temperatures for better combustion

Fire Cement

A ready mixed ground putty which dries rock hard once exposed to heat.

Fire Rope

A heat resistant rope that goes hand in hand with fire cement. Can be used in conjunction with fire cement to help fill larger gaps

Flue Damper

Adjustable controls that reduce the size (and suction) of the flue, allowing greater heating efficiency in use, and easier lighting from cold

Flue Outlet Position

Choice of rear or top connections for the flue

High Top

Higher "roof" on the stove, making it suitable for higher fireplace arches and increasing heat output

Leg Lengths

Selection of different heights for a stove, allowing different installation heights in the fireplace

Log Guard

Prevents logs from sliding forward and out when the door is opened

Log Store

Space to store and give a final dry to seasoned logs, prior to burning

Maximum Log Length

The longest size of log that you can fit into the stove

Overnight Burning

Slow, controlled burning that allows the stove to remain alight through the night, ready to be "turned up" in the morning

Register Plate

The register plate is often a part that is overlooked when going to buy a stove. Register plates are an essential component that is needed when fitting a stove, they prevent any debris caused by the stove or the flue falling back down onto your hearth.

Remote Control

Device that allows you to control a gas, oil or electric stove from the comfort of your chair

Riddler or riddling grate

Mechanism used to clear out the ash from the grate without opening the door, so that there is no dust or mess

Secondary Air Regulator

Control that regulates the amount of air introduced above the grate, controlling secondary combustion

Side Loading

Opening in the side of the stove that allows you to load longer logs into the stove

Smokeless Burning/Clean Burn

Systems that burn the fuel so efficiently that little or no smoke is emitted from the chimney.
See our Clean Burn article.

Tertiary Air Supply

Method of introducing air to the combustion products just before they are vented up the chimney, to extract the remaining energy and further clean the flue products

Thermostatically Controlled

Controls that regulate the burning to give an even temperature in the room

Top Loading

Opening in the top of the stove that allows you to add fuel from above

Twin Wall Flue Liner

Insulated flue that can be used as external or internal flue system.

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