Have you been using your wood-burning stove and are wondering if it is safe to keep burning overnight? Charnwood Stoves explains everything. Read below.

Wood burners and wood-burning stoves can significantly reduce a home’s heating bill making it an attractive alternative to electric, gas and oil heating for many homeowners.

Not only that, but research suggests that installing a log burner can even increase your home’s value by around five per cent. Additionally, a wood-burning stove can be used to heat not just the room it sits within, but the whole house.

For this reason, wood stoves and log burners have become immensely popular. The demand for wood-burning stoves has soared in recent years as households look for affordable ways to keep warm during freezing temperatures and an energy crisis.

Wood stoves can burn for hours providing homeowners with cost-effective and efficient heating solutions. However, many people with newly installed log burners and wood stoves wonder whether it is safe to leave their wood stoves burning at night.

This blog will mention everything you need to know about keeping your wood-burning stove on overnight.


Can You Leave Your Wood Stove On?

The safety of your home is of key importance. Leaving a burning fire unattended can be dangerous however, by following some key steps it is possible to keep your wood stove burning to warm your home at night.


Limit the Air Getting to the Fire

Once the flames have dampened down, it is important to close your stove’s air events to control and limit the air getting to the fire. Oxygen causes embers to increase in heat and strength causing the fire to burn faster. Charnwood stoves feature a simple, single air control that can be pushed in to slow the the burn to a slumber.


Check Your Space

The more space you have around your wood stove, the more effectively it will heat the room and the safer it will be. If there isn’t enough space around the stove for air and heat to circulate, the performance may be hindered.

What’s more, your wood stove burner must also be a suitable distance away from combustible materials, especially when left unattended at night. It is important never to stack logs close to the sides of your stove.


Maintain Your Chimney

If you have a wood stove, you need to have your chimney swept at least once a year to prevent the risk of a chimney fire. Soot and creosote will naturally collect in a chimney after using a wood-burning stove. If not regularly cleaned away, this can cause a chimney fire hazard. Regularly maintaining your chimney by having your chimney swept will allow the free passage of combustion gases to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning and chimney fires. Additionally, chimney sweeping will also remove foreign objects from your chimney such as bird nests, cobwebs, and other blockages.


Use the Right Wood

Using the right type of seasoned wood and stacking it correctly in your wood stove ensures the fire burns for much longer. Furthermore, continually burning improperly seasoned wood can cause a build-up of creosote deposits in the chimney. This not only affects the performance of the stove but can also lead to dangerous chimney fires.

Some types of wood, such as driftwood, are poisonous and release toxic chemicals into the air when burnt. This is another reason why you should always choose the right wood for your wood-burning stove carefully.


Explore the best firewood to burn in the UK.


Key Points to Take into Consideration

The key points to take into consideration when leaving a wood stove to burn at night, include:

• Are the air vents closed to control and limit air that can get to the fire?

• Are all combustible materials, such as paper and candles, placed within a safe distance of the wood stove?

• Does your chimney get regularly swept? Is there any risk of a chimney fire?

• Are you burning the right type of wood in your wood stove?


Also explore the 7 top reasons to buy a wood-burning stove.


Why Choose Us?

At Charnwood Stoves, we specialise in the design and manufacturing of high-quality wood burning and multi-fuel stoves.

As the oldest British manufacturer of wood-burning stoves, run by second and third generations of the family we are dedicated to providing products of enduring design and of the highest quality.

From the products we design and the way we package them, to the way we transport them and the way we deal with the disposal of waste products, we operate a policy of caring for the environment in all aspects of the business.


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With the colder, darker months fast approaching, autumn is well and truly upon us.

And, with chunky knits, boots and jumpers already making an appearance, many people are thinking about how they’ll keep their homes warm and snug during the winter months.

Over recent years, wood burners have increased in popularity, with many people considering them to be an effective way to heat their homes for less during the ongoing energy crisis.

However, it’s important to remember that not all types of fuel are suitable for use in a wood burner. In fact, using the incorrect wood can increase maintenance costs, deliver poor stove performance, and even prove to be dangerous.


Types of wood to avoid

Within this guide, we’ll take a look at the types of wood you should avoid or burn with caution when using your wood burning stove.


Old pallets and treated timber

However tempting it may seem avoid burning pallets and treated timber. Paint, varnishes and oils can give off harmful emissions and can damage your stove and chimney.


Because pine has a high resin content, it is not considered the best wood to burn on a log burner. It burns quickly and the resin can seep out and clog up different parts of the stove system, which can lead to a whole host of operational problems. If you do choose to burn pine ensure it is well seasoned.



Much like Pine, Larch contains high levels of resin, which forms sticky deposits inside of the stove and flue.



Poplar doesn’t burn for long periods of time and, when it does burn it can be smoky. As a result, it isn’t a good choice for a wood burner.



Laburnum is poisonous when used as firewood so should not be used as fuel for a log burner.



Alder produces a relatively low heat output, and is renowned for popping and sparking as it burns. This type of wood burns quickly but produces very little heat.



Most varieties of chestnut are okay to burn on a log burner, however, you should be aware that they tend to spit and spark, meaning many people are reluctant to use them.



Cypress isn’t ideal as your main firewood source as it provides a low heat output and doesn’t produce very good coals.



Spruce produces little heat making it an ineffective fuel for a log-burning stove.



Firewood should contain a moisture content of below 20%. Willow tends to grow in wet soils or beside water bodies, giving it a high moisture content so if you choose to burn it ensure it is dry and well seasoned.


Learn more about the different types of firewood.


What wood can I burn on a log burner?

Although there are many types of wood that shouldn’t be used on a wood burner, there are also many that you can use for fuel, including:


Hardwood firewood

Hardwoods, including ash, birch, maple, oak, and the majority of fruit trees, are some of the best fuels for wood burning stoves due to the fact that they can burn for long periods of time while generating plenty of heat. Hardwood is also cleaner to handle than other types of wood.


Softwood firewood

Some softwoods tend to be cheaper than hardwoods and can also be used in your wood burning stove.


Explore the best firewood to burn in the UK.


Why choose us?

Founded in 1972, we are a privately owned, family-controlled, British company specialising in the design and manufacture of high-quality wood burning and multi-fuel stoves. Our team are committed to providing the highest quality stoves, at the best possible price.

We also have a firm focus on protecting the environment and ensuring our operations are sustainable and responsible.

We operate a policy of caring for the environment in all aspects of the business; from the products we design, to the way we package them, to the way we transport them, to the way we deal with the disposal of waste products, to the vehicles we use, to our choice of raw materials.


Get in touch now

If you have any questions about our wood burning stoves, please get in touch with a member of our team today.


As environmental concerns continue to shape the UK’s regulatory landscape, advancements in stove technology have been made to meet stringent eco-friendly standards. Multi-fuel stoves, widely popular for their versatility, efficiency, and aesthetic appeal, are not exempt from these regulations.

In this article, we will explore the latest regulations and rules governing multi-fuel stoves in 2023, with a focus on Ecodesign, planning permission, fuel liners, hearth requirements, and ventilation regulations in the UK.


What is Ecodesign?

Ecodesign is an initiative by the European Union to improve the energy efficiency and environmental performance of products, including stoves and fireplaces. It came into effect in the UK on January 1st 2022.

In the UK, Ecodesign regulations have been embraced as part of the government’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions and mitigating climate change and, as of 2023, all newly-manufactured stoves must meet the Ecodesign standards, ensuring lower emissions and higher efficiency compared to older models. Ecodesign sets out maximum emission levels of PM (Particulate Matter), CO (Carbon Monoxide), OGC (Organic Gaseous Compounds) and NOx (Nitrogen Oxide).

Ecodesign only affects those room-heating appliances made available for sale from 2022 onwards; stoves and fireplaces already installed will not be affected.


Will Ecodesign affect the heat produced in a multi-fuel stove?

No, the implementation of Ecodesign regulations does not necessarily impact the heat output of multi-fuel stoves. The primary aim of Ecodesign is to reduce harmful emissions, making these stoves more environmentally friendly. Manufacturers have adapted by employing innovative design features and technology to maintain or even improve heat output while complying with the Ecodesign standards.

Discover more about multi-fuel stoves.


Is planning permission required to install a multi-fuel stove?

In most cases, installing a multi-fuel stove in the UK does not require planning permission. Permitted Development Rights (PDR) allow homeowners to make certain improvements to their property without seeking planning permission. Under PDR, you can install a multi-fuel stove, provided it meets specific criteria, such as not being installed on a listed building or within a designated conservation area. However, it is always recommended to consult with your local planning authority or a professional installer to ensure compliance with local regulations.


Is it a legal requirement to have a flue liner?

While it’s not a legal requirement, using a fuel liner is highly recommended when installing a multi-fuel stove. A flue liner is a flue or chimney lining that ensures proper venting of combustion gases and helps prevent dangerous emissions, such as carbon monoxide, from entering your living space. A fuel liner will increase efficiency, help keep your chimney clean and improve safety.

Your wood burning stove needs to meet the building regulations listed in Document J, which recommends (but does not require) that flue liners are used.


Top Hearth Requirements

The hearth is the base on which the multi-fuel stove sits, and it must meet certain requirements to comply with UK regulations. The top hearth, also known as the stove hearth or constructional hearth, must be made from a non-combustible material, such as stone, concrete, or a suitable hearth pad such as enamel. It should extend a certain distance beyond the stove’s footprint to prevent accidental fires. The specific dimensions and constructional requirements may vary based on the stove’s heat output and other factors, so it is vital to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines and UK building regulations.


Ventilation Requirements

Proper ventilation is essential to ensure the safe operation of a multi-fuel stove. Adequate air supply allows for efficient combustion and reduces the risk of carbon monoxide build-up.

The ventilation requirements of your home will depend in part on when it was built; homes built after 2008 are designed to have an air permeability of 5m3/hm2 or less, due to the increased energy efficiency. Homes built before 2008 are unlikely to meet this level of air permeability. You can have your stove fitter test your home’s air permeability.

For homes with an air permeability of 5m3/hm2 or more, i.e. most older homes, ventilation is only required for stoves with heat outputs above 5kW, and this is done in increments of 550mm2. For example, a 6kW heat output would require 550mm2, a 7kW heat output requires 1100mm2, an 8kW heat output requires 1650mm2 and so on.

For homes with an air permeability of 5m3/hm2 or less, i.e. any home built since 2008, and some homes built before, the increments of 550mm2 start from 0, so a 1kW heat output would require 550mm2, a 2kW heat output requires 1100mm2, and a 3kW heat output requires 1650mm2.

This ventilation can be achieved through vents in the wall or an air brick. Installers must carefully calculate the required ventilation to meet building regulations.


Why Choose Us?

Charnwood has been committed to providing quality wood burning stoves since 1972 and we know all there is to know about wood burners and their regulations. If you have any questions about heating your home with a wood burning stove, please get in touch.



If you’re looking to transform your shed into a cosy retreat or a functional workspace, a wood burning stove can be the perfect addition. Not only does it provide efficient heating during cold months, but it also brings a rustic charm and warm ambience to your shed space.

However, before embarking on the journey of installing a log burner in your shed, there are crucial aspects to consider. From regulations and safety requirements to cost estimates and proper sizing, this comprehensive guide is designed to equip you with all the essential information you need to make informed decisions and ensure a successful installation.


Can I install a log burner in my shed?

In short, yes. A wood burning stove can be a fantastic addition to a shed, providing warmth and comfort while also giving the space a cosy atmosphere. However, they need to be installed properly and you may be better off in the long run hiring a professional to do it.

Firstly, size does matter – your shed needs to be big enough to accommodate not only the log burner but also the space required between the burner and any combustible materials, which may include the shed’s walls!

As part of scoping out your shed’s suitability for housing a wood burning stove, check the materials used to construct it. Wooden sheds are common, but some materials might not be suitable for log burner installations due to fire safety concerns. You may be required to fit non-combustible surfaces around and behind the log burner to make it safe. Take a look at our stove pod or Vlaze wall and floor panels : Both of these offer a very practical solution.

You also need to make sure that your shed has proper ventilation. Combustion requires oxygen, and without sufficient airflow, the wood burning stove may not burn efficiently or could even become a safety hazard due to the build-up of carbon monoxide.


How much does it cost to install a wood burning stove in a shed?

The cost of installing a wood burning stove in a shed can vary depending on several factors, including the type of log burner, shed size, materials, and labour costs.

The price of the stove itself ranges from a few hundred to £1,500 or more, depending on the features. You’ll also need a flue pipe and a chimney installation. The cost of these components typically ranges from £150 to £500. Installing a non-combustible hearth beneath the stove is essential and can cost around £100 to £300.

Hiring a professional installer is highly recommended to ensure safety and compliance. Labour costs might range from £500 to £1000 or more, depending on the complexity of the installation. While this is a sizeable outlay, it could save you money overall.


Regulations for installing a wood burning stove in a shed

In the UK, installing a wood burning stove in a shed is subject to a number of safety guidelines.

There must be a safe distance between the wood burning stove and any combustible materials like wood, plastic, or insulation. Typically, the required distance is 60cm from the sides and 80cm from the front of the stove. There isn’t a legal minimum requirement so these distances vary by model and manufacturer.

The chimney height should conform to specific requirements, usually at least 4.5 meters from the top of the stove to the flue exit point. The chimney should use an appropriate flue liner to ensure the safe passage of smoke and gases.

A carbon monoxide detector must be installed in the shed to alert occupants if there is a potential build-up of this harmful gas.

The installation should be carried out by a qualified and registered professional who is familiar with building regulations and safety standards.

Does dampness affect the appliance?

Yes, dampness can impact the efficiency and safety of the log burner. Moisture can affect the structural integrity of the stove and its components. Additionally, damp wood can lead to incomplete combustion, producing excess smoke, creosote, and harmful gases.

To prevent dampness from affecting the appliance:

• Use only well-seasoned firewood with a moisture content of around 20% or less – dry firewood burns more efficiently and produces less smoke.

• Store firewood off the ground and protect it from rain and snow by using a woodshed or covering.

• Ensure your shed has adequate ventilation to allow for proper air circulation. Good ventilation helps to prevent moisture buildup inside the shed.

• Invest in a moisture meter to regularly check the moisture content of your firewood.

• Clean your wood burning stove and flue regularly to remove any accumulated ash, debris or creosote.

• Install a chimney cap on top of the flue to protect it from rainwater and debris

• Regularly inspect the roof, chimney, and flue for any signs of leaks. Address any issues promptly to prevent water from entering the shed and affecting the wood burning stove.

• If possible, position the log burner away from potential sources of dampness, such as leaky windows or doors, or anywhere water might drip onto it.

• In cases where dampness is a persistent issue, consider using a dehumidifier inside the shed. A dehumidifier helps to reduce excess moisture in the air and creates a drier environment.


Best Wood burning Stove Sizes

The best size will depend on your shed’s dimensions and insulation levels. A stove that is too large may overheat the space, while one that is too small may not provide sufficient heat. To determine the best size, calculate the cubic meters of the shed by multiplying the length, width, and height, and take note of your shed walls’ thickness and composition. Then, consult a specialist; they’ll be able to recommend a stove size based on your shed’s measurements and insulation.


Sealing a Roof When Installing a Wood burning Stove

Properly sealing the roof where the flue penetrates is crucial to prevent leaks and maintain the shed’s weather resistance.  Install a flue pipe collar around the flue pipe where it exits the roof, then use a weatherproof sealant to fill any gaps or joints. This provides a watertight seal and prevents water from entering the shed.

Always consider hiring a professional roofer or installer to ensure the roof sealing is done correctly and complies with building regulations. Remember to check and comply with local regulations and obtain necessary permits before installing a wood burning stove in your shed. Safety should always be the top priority, and professional installation is highly recommended.


Why Choose Us?

We’ve been committed to providing quality wood burning stoves since 1972 and we know all there is to know about wood burners, wherever they’re installed. If you have any questions about heating your home with a wood burning stove, please get in touch.



As energy bills continue to soar and households across the UK are preparing to manoeuvre what is set to be another challenging winter, many of us are looking for alternative solutions to heat our homes.

If you’re considering opting for a wood-burning stove and are wondering whether or not it is eco-friendly, you’ve landed in the right place. We’ve created a helpful guide outlining everything you need to know.


What is a wood-burning stove?

A wood-burning stove is a self-contained heating appliance designed to produce indoor heat through the process of wood combustion.

More and more households are opting for wood burning stoves to heat their home as it gives them fuel independence from the larger utility companies.

Modern wood-burning stoves or log burners are considered to be more efficient and cheaper to run than traditional gas and electric heaters, making them a great choice for those looking to stay warm and cut costs at the same time.


How does a wood-burning stove work?

Wood burning stoves provide a controlled heating solution that burns wood safely, whilst heating a space at the same time.

There are no electrical components in a wood stove, instead, they are powered by manual input – in other words, the wood or fuel that is set alight. Here’s a brief overview of how a wood burning stove operates:

 Wood is placed inside the stove’s firebox, which is surrounded by fireproof walls.

 The wood burning stove’s air vents control the amount of airflow to the firebox, which allows the wood to burn efficiently and slowly.

 The stove’s metal enclosure radiates heat which ensures spaces of all shapes and sizes remain warm and toasty.

Explore more on how to use a wood-burning stove.


Is burning wood bad for the environment?

This is a question that continues to crop up and there have been some very misleading articles and campaigns in recent years that suggest bu. The answer depends on how it is burnt and the source of the wood being burned. If wood is properly seasoned and burnt on an modern, Ecodesign wood burning stove then the impact on the environment is minimal. You can read more here.

Are wood-burning stoves environmentally friendly?

Wood burning stoves are considered to be one of the most environmentally friendly ways of heating your home, especially when it comes to reducing your carbon footprint.


Benefits of a wood-burning stove

Wood burning stoves offer a number of benefits, including the following:

Stylish – wood burning stoves are aesthetically pleasing and bring a sense of well being

 Flexible placement – they can be installed in various locations around the home

Economical – a wood burning stove can be cheaper to run than other types of heating, reducing utility bills

 Environmentally friendly – less damaging to the environment than other types of heating

 Provides reliable heating, even during power outages.


How much wood does a wood burner use?

This depends on a number of factors, however generally speaking, if you use your wood burner a few evenings a week over the winter, you will need 3-4 cubic metres of wood.


What wood is best for a wood-burning stove?

The best type of wood to use with a wood burning stove is hardwood, such as Beech, Elm, Birch, and Oak.

When choosing hardwood for your wood burning stove, you should keep in mind that

the heavier the wood, the greater the heat output. This also means that the wood will burn for longer, limiting the amount of times you will need to refill.

Find out more about our approved wood-burning stove fuel.


How to make a wood-burning stove more efficient?

There are a number of different ways that you can optimise the efficiency of your wood burning stove, including:

 Ensuring you light the fire correctly

 Always use the correct amount of fuel

Always use the best type of wood – remember hardwood is the best and it should have a moisture content of less than 20%

Maintaining an efficient temperature and always controlly airflows

 Circulating the heat from your wood stove

Have your chimney and flue swept regularly (twice a year)

Maintaining your stove


What to look for in an environmentally friendly log burner

When looking for an environmentally friendly log burner, you should look for a ClearSkies rated stove


Why choose us?

Founded in 1972, we are a privately owned, family-controlled, British company that specialises in the design and manufacture of high-quality wood burning and multifuel stoves. We are committed to providing the highest quality stoves, at the best possible price.

Here at Charnwood, our team operate a policy of caring for the environment in all aspects of the business; from the products we design, to the way we package them, to the way we transport them, to the way we deal with the disposal of waste products, to the vehicles we use to our choice of raw materials.


Get in touch now

If you have any questions about our wood burning stoves, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team today.



Wood burning stoves have long been a staple in many homes, providing warmth and a cosy atmosphere during colder months. However, like any appliance, these stoves have a finite lifespan. Understanding when it’s time to replace your wood burning stove is essential for maintaining safety, efficiency, and comfort in your living space.

In this article, we delve into what to look out for when it’s time to bid farewell to your trusty old wood burning stove and welcome a newer, more efficient model into your home.


What is the Lifespan of a Wood Burning Stove?

On average, a well-maintained wood burning stove can last anywhere from 10 to 20 years and sometimes longer. The ingenuity behind Charnwood stoves lies in their modular design, allowing the majority of components to be replaced gradually as needed. However, it’s important to note that there might eventually come a time where the stove body itself reaches the end of its lifespan.

The primary determinant of a stove’s lifespan is the materials used in its construction. High-quality stoves crafted from durable materials such as cast iron or steel tend to have longer lifespans. Cast iron stoves are known for their robustness and ability to withstand high temperatures, while steel stoves are lighter and offer durability when properly cared for.

The longevity of a wood burning stove also depends on other factors, including its usage, maintenance and environmental factors, such as excessive moisture.

Also find out how a wood-burning stove can help reduce energy bills.


Are Newer Wood Burning Stoves More Efficient?

In recent years, advancements in stove technology have led to the development of more efficient and eco-friendly models. These newer stoves are designed to burn wood more efficiently, generating more heat with less fuel consumption and emitting fewer pollutants.

When considering the lifespan of your wood burning stove, it’s worth weighing the benefits of upgrading to a newer model that not only extends the longevity of the appliance but also offers enhanced performance and reduced environmental impact.

A new initiative from the EU, Ecodesign, has been brought in to improve the energy efficiency and environmental impact of all stoves, including wood burning stoves.


Signs That Your Wood Burning Stove Needs Replacing


One of the key indicators that it’s time to replace your wood burning stove is warping. Over time, intense heat exposure can cause the metal components of the stove to warp, affecting its structural integrity. Warping can lead to gaps in the seams, which may result in heat leakage, decreased efficiency, and even potential safety hazards.


Cracks and Splits

Cracks and splits are clear signals that your wood burning stove has reached the end of its useful life. Cracks, especially in the firebox or other critical areas, can allow smoke and fumes to escape into your living space, posing health risks. Regular maintenance and cleaning can help prevent cracks, but once it becomes widespread, replacement becomes the safer choice.


Broken Door

The door of a wood burning stove plays a critical role in ensuring the stove operates safely and efficiently. If you’re experiencing difficulty in closing or sealing the door properly, it could indicate a problem with the hinges, gaskets, or other components. A broken or ill-fitting door can lead to improper combustion, inefficient burning, and potential escape of harmful gases. You may be able to repair or replace the door, however, in some cases, it may be better to replace the stove altogether.

Increased Smoke Levels

An increase in smoke levels or the presence of smoke within your home when using the wood burning stove is a clear sign that something is amiss. It could be due to poor ventilation, a blocked chimney, or even an issue with the stove itself. Inefficient burning can lead to the production of more smoke, which not only decreases indoor air quality but also shows that the stove is not operating at its best.


More Fuel for Less Heat

As wood burning stoves age, their efficiency tends to decline. If you find that you’re using more fuel than usual to achieve the same level of heat output, it’s an indicator that your stove’s performance is diminishing. This situation not only puts a dent in your pocket due to increased wood consumption but also contributes to higher emissions. Investing in a newer, more efficient stove can result in substantial long-term savings on fuel costs.

Explore more about wood-burning stoves.


Why Choose Us?

As the stove approaches the end of its expected lifespan, it’s essential to pay close attention to signs of wear and deterioration. If efficiency drops, visible damage such as warping or cracks occur, or repairs become increasingly frequent and costly, it might be an indication that the stove has reached the end of its useful life.

Upgrading to a more modern model not only enhances the aesthetics of your living space but also contributes to reducing your carbon footprint. The increased efficiency of newer stoves means you’ll need less fuel to achieve the same or even better heat output, leading to significant long-term savings.

Charnwood has been committed to providing quality wood burning stoves since 1972 and we know all there is to know about getting the most out of wood burners and how to choose your next wood burning stove. If you have any questions about heating your home with a wood burning stove, please get in touch.


As winter approaches and the nights draw in, many of us are already preparing our homes for the colder months, especially when it comes to staying warm and snug when the temperatures drop.

If you live in a house without a chimney, you might not have considered installing a wood burning stove to heat your home. This is because, there’s a common misconception that you cannot have a wood burning stove without a chimney.

The good news is that you can! And we’ve created a helpful guide outlining how you can do this.


Do I Need a Chimney for a Wood-Burning Stove?

The good news is you don’t need a chimney to install a wood burning stove however, you will have to fit a twin wall flue system through the roof or wall of your home.

There are two types of twin wall chimney flue systems that you should be aware of:

-External twin wall flue system – These systems involve connecting the pipes to the stove so that they are able to exit through an external wall. In most cases, these pipes run up the side of a property, leading to the roof so that the fumes can exit safely.

-Internal twin wall flue system-  This type of system runs from the stove, and up into the ceilings, before exiting through the roof.

Also explore how to clean your wood-burning stove.


Installing a Wood Burner Without a Chimney

If you are looking to install a wood burner without a chimney, you should always touch base with a professional to carry out the work. This is because it’s not a case of one size fits all when it comes to the installation process, as every property is different.

However, if you’re looking to gain an idea of how the installation process works, we’ve created a general guide outlining what you will need install a wood burner without a chimney.


A Stove

Whether you opt for a wood burning stove or a multi fuel stove, you will need to remember to make a note of the flue size so that you purchase the correct stove pipe.


Stove Pipe

You should always ensure that the stove pipe diameter fits your stove, as many vary in size! Again, you should always consult a professional when it comes to choosing the correct stove pipe.


Twin Wall Flue System 

A twin wall flue pipe is a type of flue system that is used when there is no chimney stack. It is constructed from two layers of rigid stainless steel and acts as its own chimney stack and liner combined. Ultimately, the system features a series of connectable pipes that carry the fumes from your stove outside.


A Hearth

Finally, your wood burning stove must be placed on a suitable hearth and as a general rule of thumb, the hearth will need to be at least 12mm thick, made of a non-combustible material and it is paramount that it covers an area of 840mm x 840mm, with at least 225mm in front of the stove door.


How Much Will It Cost?

The cost of installing a wood burning stove without a chimney depends on the work required to install the stove. With this in mind, all quotes are bespoke and are looked at on a case by case basis.

At the same time, labour costs may also differ as it will cost more to install a twin wall flue as the process can be more complex. Visit our ‘Where To Buy’ page to find your nearest stockist and installer


Why choose us?

Founded in 1972, we are a privately owned, family controlled, British company specialising in the design and manufacture of high quality wood burning and multi-fuel stoves. Our team are committed providing the highest quality stoves, at the best possible price.

We also have a firm focus on protecting the environment and ensuring our operations are sustainable and responsible.

We operate a policy of caring for the environment in all aspects of the business; from the products we design, to the way we package them, to the way we transport them, to the way we deal with disposal of waste products, to the vehicles we use, to our choice of raw materials.


Get in touch now

If you have any questions about our wood burning stoves, please get in touch with a member of our team today.


In this guide, we’ll walk you through the role of the Stove Industry Alliance (SIA), the significance of the SIA Retail Group, the innovation behind Ecodesign stoves, and the magic of Clearskies Stoves. Whether you’re a seasoned stove enthusiast or a newcomer keen to learn, let’s dive into the world of modern wood-burning stoves.

What is the Stove Industry Alliance?

The Stove Industry Alliance (SIA) is at the heart of the wood-burning stove industry. Established in 2008, the SIA is a key voice in the UK communicating the facts about wood-burning and the latest developments in the industry. This association has an important mission: to illuminate the benefits of wood-burning stoves and biomass appliances. Representing a collective of manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, independent retailers, and advisory bodies, to promote a heating solution that’s cost-effective, safe and environmentally conscious.

What is the SIA Retail Group?

The SIA Retail Group comprises independent retailers of stoves and fireplaces with showroom displays across the UK. The members uphold a code of conduct that prioritizes professionalism, customer support, and environmental responsibility. The SIA Retail Group takes pride in offering you personalized advice and showcasing the latest in low-carbon, low-emission Ecodesign Ready appliances.

What are Ecodesign Stoves?


Ecodesign stoves are cutting-edge heating solutions designed not only to warm your home but to do so with minimal impact on the environment. Ecodesign Regulation, in force since January 2022, has set higher efficiency and lower emission standards for solid fuel space heating appliances. Modern stoves are a beacon of energy efficiency, lowering particulate emissions by up to 90% compared to traditional open fires and 80% compared to older stoves. They produce significantly less particulate matter, carbon monoxide, organic gaseous compounds, and nitrogen oxides – a win for both you and the planet.

What are Clearskies Stoves?

Clearskies Stoves are remarkable appliances that outperform even the latest Ecodesign stoves on the market. Born from the clearSkies certification scheme, they are the pioneers in efficiency and emissions reduction.

Most Charnwood stoves are ClearSkies 5 rated (the top rating) which means they are up to 30% more efficient than standard Ecodesign. That really is a super clean burn! Yet we continue to innovate and believe we can increase efficiency and reduce emissions even further in the near future. After all, 10 years ago Ecodesign was considered difficult to achieve and here we are already beating that standard. Clearskies Stoves aren’t just about warmth; they’re about embracing a greener future, one where your comfort and conscience are in perfect harmony.

Choosing the Right Stove

Picking the perfect stove means considering factors like room size, heating needs, and personal style. Do you dream of a traditional design that exudes warmth, or does the sleekness of contemporary aesthetics call to you? It’s essential to find a stove that matches your unique preferences while also heating your space effectively. Fortunately, the SIA Retail Group’s knowledgeable members are at your service, ready to guide you toward a stove that fits seamlessly into your home.

Read the many reasons people are choosing wood-burning stoves!

Prepare Now – Installers Are in High Demand!

Don’t let the warmth, charm and security of a stove this winter slip through your fingers due to a lack of preparation. Stove installers are in high demand, often booked months in advance. To ensure your cosy nights by the fire this winter, reach out to reputable installers sooner rather than later. This proactive approach means you won’t be left out in the cold when the winter season arrives.

Where to buy? 

Again, the SIA Retail Group as well as our official Charnwood stockist search page are great starting points in your search for the perfect stove for your home.


The warmth you get from a wood burning stove is like no other, it truly is the epitome of comfort. But how do you get heat from your wood burning stove to fill your whole house and not just the one room? This article talks you through some of the most popular options…


Are you getting the best from your stove?

You want to be sure your wood burning stove is giving you its best and there are ways you can help it along. Keeping your stove and flue clean and maintained will help your system run efficiently, so be sure to sweep away any debris and excess ash (a couple of centimetres is fine), and you need to have your chimney swept at least once a year.

Be sure to use properly dried and seasoned wood (less than 20% moisture) and, when starting your fire, start with a bed of kindling, ensuring it is glowing hot before adding some small logs and then, later, a full load of wood. Take care not to overfill your stove as this can cause dangerously high temperatures and can cause damage to your stove. The inside of your stove should be between 260°C and 460°C.

You’ll also want to circulate the heat your wood burning stove produces, which we’ll cover in more detail a little later in this article.

Also learn more on how to use a wood-burning stove.


How much heat does a wood burning stove produce?

The heat from wood burning stoves is measured in kWh (kiloWatt hours) or BTUs (British Thermal Units), where 1kWh equals approximately 3,400 BTUs.

Wood burning stoves are often displayed with two heat output figures; the maximum heat output and the nominal heat output. The former is quite simply the maximum heat output you can achieve with that wood burning stove, while nominal output is the level of heat you can get out of it while running the wood burning stove as its efficiency rating.

Wood stoves can put out up to around 15kW (51,000 BTUs) of heat with their air vents wide open (assuming it is a 3 or 4-cubic-foot firebox and is well-stocked and running efficiently), while this can drop to around 4kW (14,000 BTUs) if the vents are closed and the wood smoulders rather than burns. How well your wood burning stove heats your room (or your house) will depend on your room size, house size and layout, and stove size and efficiency, although there are ways to improve how the heat warms your home.


Best tips for spreading heat from a wood burning stove around your home

There are a number of ways you can help spread the heat from your wood burner so it reaches more of your home. We discuss some of the best ways below.


Using a fan to circulate heat

Heat rises, pure and simple. It’s one of those immutable laws of the universe, but that doesn’t mean you can’t move it around. A fan sits on top of your wood burning stove and the heat from your stove will cause the fan to spin (no need to plug anything in!) and subsequently move the heat around the room. Because the fan helps the heat reach parts of your room more quickly, you can use less wood than you previously may have done to generate the same amount of heat, saving you money.

The best place to put your fan is on one of the back corners of the stove as the front of the fan will get the full effect of the heat from underneath while the back of the fan will be cooler; the heat difference will help move your fan blades more quickly and spread your stove heat further.


Directing heat to where it is needed

As we’ve already mentioned, heat rises, and you can use that to your advantage. Having your wood burning stove installed on the ground floor of your home means the heat will rise to the higher storey(s) in your house, warming your bedrooms.

You can help the heat get into your upstairs room by installing vents in the ceiling of the room where the stove is, and vents in the rooms you want to benefit from the stove’s heat.

You should consult a professional when adding vents to your home; this helps maximise the efficiency of the venting system and also helps you steer clear of any potential safety hazards.

Also explore our Wood-Burning Stove FAQs.


Adding duct for wood stove heat distribution

Having proper ducting installed from your wood stove to other parts of your house pulls cold air from those far-reaching rooms towards the stove, causing the stove to release warm air. This means the heat from the wood burner isn’t wasted on heating up the duct but instead uses the natural flow of hot and cold air to help warm the rooms further out from the stove.

Also explore the essential wood-burning stove tips.


Why choose us?

Charnwood has been committed to providing quality wood burning stoves since 1972 and we know all there is to know about wood burners. If you have any questions about heating your home with a wood burning stove, please get in touch


What is an Electric Stove and a Wood burning Stove?

An electric stove is one that uses electricity to produce heat and a wood burning stove, quite simply, burns wood for heat. They both have their advantages and disadvantages when it comes to cost, heat output and ease of use. This article will help you weigh up the pros and cons for your particular situation.

Electric Stove Benefits

Electric stoves are very easy to use, usually at the flick of a switch and can even be activated with a remote control. They also have relatively low purchase prices with many costing between £100-£500.

Because they use a heating element to warm up the room, there is no mess to clean up. This also means they also don’t need any vent or chimney, meaning they are easier to install, can be installed in more locations in the room and can easily be installed in apartments. This means the installation costs are lower than a wood burning stove.

If you have solar panels (or another form of harvesting renewable energy at home), you could be heating your house at a reduction.


Electric Stove Drawbacks

Perhaps the biggest drawback of electric fireplaces is if there’s a power cut, there’s no heat. One of the biggest causes of power cuts is storms damaging power supplies, and these usually take place in winter, which is just when you need your fireplace the most! This is a particular concern issue for those who live in rural or more remote locations.

The price of electricity is greater than that of wood and it’s sensitive to global fluctuations, meaning it can soar easily – as seen in the winter of 2022/23). In many cases, the production of electricity relies on burning fossil fuels, which isn’t sustainable.

While electric fireplaces can imitate the appearance of flickering flames, they lack the appeal of real flames and don’t have the comforting crackle or homely smells of a real fire.

Most electric fireplaces are only able to produce around 1.5kW or 5,000 BTU (British Thermal Units), whereas wood burning stoves typically generate 4 -10 kW (14,000 to 35,000 BTUs), with some going as high as 15kW (50,000 BTU). Also, the heat generated from electric fireplaces only stays in one room.


Wood burning Stove Benefits

Logs are the cheapest fuel for households, costing 74% less per kWh than electric heating. After installation, a wood burning stove is far more cost-efficient in heating your home than an electric fireplace.

Wood-burning stoves also generate a lot more heat than electric fireplaces, comfortably producing 4-10kW (14,000-35,000 BTUs. This level of heat output, combined with the low costs of the logs, makes wood burning stoves incredibly efficient.

With a wood burning stove, you can funnel the heat to other parts of the house, not just the room it’s in; this additional use increases the efficiency of your wood burning stove.

Beyond their warmth, they make the real sounds and smells of a crackling fire, making for an unparalleled experience of comfort and have many well-being benefits.

Wood burning stoves need no electricity to work and so are immune to power cuts and price hikes.


Wood burning Stove Drawbacks

The initial installation of a wood burner, and a flue if necessary, isn’t cheap. The average installation, including the purchase of the stove itself, is about £2,000.

Requires the chimney to be swept at least once a year – as well as improving the efficiency, this is vital for safety reasons.

You need to have somewhere dry for you to store your wood.


So which is better?

While both have pros and cons, the low running costs and high heat output of wood burning stoves make them a clear winner in our book (even if we are slightly biased!)

Here at Charnwood, we sell a range of wood burning and multi-fuel stoves in contemporary and traditional styles, incorporating the latest in clean burn technology.

We’ve been committed to providing quality wood burning stoves since 1972 and we know all there is to know about wood burners, and how to get the most out of the wood you burn. If you have any questions about heating your home with a wood burning stove, please get in touch.