STYLISH STOVES WITH CLEAN AIR CREDENTIALS

Want the crackle of a wood-burning stove but confused about whether you can have one?

With new Clean Air legislation due in 2022 it’s hard to know what stoves are allowed – or what’s worth investing in. But fear not, the best manufacturers are on to it and many models are already compliant.

In a nutshell, if you live in a Smoke-Control Area and you’d like the comfort of a wood burning stove, you must currently ensure that your stove is DEFRA exempt. However, to reduce air pollution – and the nasty particulates that affect our health – new and stricter rules were announced earlier this year and only the cleanest stoves will be available by 2022.

Of course, burning the right wood is essential for lowering emissions too. Research shows that firewood that is dried to between 15-20% moisture content will not only provide the most efficient burn but also provides the most heat output, ensuring your stove and chimney or flue have minimal soot.

Poor quality logs have often been recently felled. Although they might appear dry, they are usually wet on the inside with each log containing up to a pint of water. They are highly polluting when burnt, releasing dark, black smoke and only yielding about a quarter of the heat you get from dry logs, meaning far more are required to heat your home.

Pallet, painted wood or timber that has been in any way chemically treated (such as decking, fences etc.) must never be burnt on a wood burning stove or fire. Not only can the chemicals damage the appliance and chimney, harmful fumes will be emitted that can dramatically reduce air quality in the local area (not to mention in your own home).

Thankfully, many companies are ahead of the game with a selection of stylish and energy-efficient models that already meet these new Clean Air regulations.

To save your energy, we’ve rounded up the best of the bunch…

TALL, DARK AND HANDSOME

The Lotus Prestige makes a striking centrepiece. It’s fitted with Cleanburn technology and comes in a choice of stone coloured finishes.

Prestige stove, from £2,205, Lotus Fires.

cosy and compact

Heat your hallway, snug or conservatory with this neat little number from Nordpeis. At 625mm tall the Orion has a hotplate that can be used to boil a kettle, heat soup or cook a stew. How’s that for cosy?

Orion wood-burning stove, from £789, Nordpeis.

ENERGY EFFICIENT

Standing on a tall log store base, the Vogue Midi T Highfire from Stovax has a slimline profile and a convector heat flow system for higher heat performance.

Vogue Midi T Highfire, from £1,729, Stovax.

cool and curvy

Perched on its elegant plinth, the Aura 11 has a clean, contemporary aesthetic that would suit most modern homes – and its curved window allows better views of the burning logs.

Aura 11, from £1,579, Varde.

STRONG AND STEADY

In the style of a traditional wood-burner, the Salisbury 8 series at Chesneys has a solid cast iron door and glazed window, with a robust yet uncluttered appearance.

Salisbury 8 Series, from £1,700, Chesneys

It has the option of a log store and is available in six muted shades including black.

Salisbury 5 Series with log store, from £1,550, Chesneys

COOL CUSTOMER

The Farringdon range at Arada combines the cosiness of a wood-burner with cool contemporary looks.

Farringdon in Atlantic, from £1245; Log Store from £120, Arada

Choose from small, medium or large, with a pedestal base, a log store, or stand alone in a palette of seven colours.

Farringdon, from £1245 (for small); Pedestal stand, from £140, Arada

PIPE DREAMS

For a statement stove the Slimfocus from architect’s favourite, and multi award-winning Focus Fireplaces is hard to beat.

Slimfocus (suspended), from £11,059, Focus-fireplaces.com

The striking piece, which is available in black or grey, can be floor-standing or suspended and pivoting.

Slimfocus (floor-mounted), from £11,059, Focus-fireplaces.com

GRATE IDEA

The largest in ACR’s cast iron collection, the Larchdale can burn 50cm logs, so suits a generous sized room.

Larchdale, from £1,775, ACR Stoves

Smaller in stature and made from steel, the Wychwood has a modern aesthetic and is energy-efficient.

Wychwood, from £1,150, ACR Stoves.

IN THE ROUND

From Danish stove design heavy-weights, Morsø, the 6643 wood-burning stove has a sleek silhouette that can either sit neatly in a corner or take centre stage, and you can store logs below to soften the style.

6643 wood-burning stove with log storage, from £1,990, Morsø

The 6612 wood-burning stove also from Morsø is similar in appearance but sits on four tapered wooden legs for minimal style with a mid-century feel.

6612 wood-burning stove, from £1,999, Morsø

Check with the manufacturers about the type of wood you can burn and how to keep your stove spick and span for the best results in heat efficiency and air quality.

Look for Woodsure Ready to Burn labels, so you can be sure you are burning the right wood on your stove or try wood supplier: https://www.certainlywood.co.uk/

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