When you’re looking to update or replace your existing stove, you probably already know what you’re looking for, and what would work best in the space. But if you’re choosing from scratch, which kind of stove should you pick? Let’s have a look at each kind - electric stoves, gas stoves, and then the open, or wood burning kinds.

So how about electric stoves? These are well-designed appliances that can make it look you have a magically cosy fire wherever you have a plug socket. Perfect for spots where you need quick and easy installation without the need for a gas supply, a chimney or a flue. You could even put one of these in your garden summer house if you like, giving the impression of a log cabin or cottage at the flick of a switch. If you’re in temporary accommodation or looking for an ambient way to heat the spare room on occasions, electric stoves offer the versatility of electricity, with the look and feel of a real stove.

Gas stoves need access to a gas supply of course, and they’ll need to be fitted and maintained by a registered heating engineer. Different models are available, some of which require a flue or a chimney. But if gas heating is your aspiration, you'll have the benefits of instant heat (as with electricity) the ambience of real flames (unlike electricity) and, although a higher installation cost than electric, definite savings in the running costs.

Open or wood burning stoves require loading and cleaning, so it’s a more hands-on experience. For some people, that’s a definite plus and adds to the experience of being a real fire owner. Check with the legislation in your area as to the kind of fuels you can burn, but throwing another log on the fire is something that is some people’s dream heating solution. But the open fire or wood burning stove is going to need some kind of a chimney, and you’ll want to check beforehand that it would be suitable for your home. Even if you have an existing chimney and hearth, you might need it uncapped, swept, or repaired before you can light your fire.

Where a wood burning stove is not an option, generally, electric stoves are a quick and easy choice. Gas stoves take a bit more initial planning and investment. There’s also the difference in look and style to consider. The modern electric stoves are very convincing, but if you have a home with more traditional decor and gas or solid fuel is an option, a heavier-duty model could be the way to go.

For gas or electric stoves, or any other kind of fireplace, get in touch and we’ll offer some sound advice. A new stove is just the thing to warm your home in the cooler months, so even while the sun is shining, this could be just the time to be thinking ahead for Christmas.