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Things To Consider When Buying Coal Stoves

Aug 26, 2008
Coal stoves are a very effective method for heating your home, nonetheless before you rush out to purchase one there are a number of things which need to be taken into consideration beforehand. It is vital that you know what these issues are because this will aid you to decide easily which is the right coal stove for your own home.

First off you need to examine your home to see whether there is the availability for you to have a chimney installed if you do not have one currently. Although most coal stoves today come with metal chimney pipes and can easily be placed along an outside wall, you need to determine if you require permission to install such an item on your property first. The easiest way is to go to your local authority and see what regulations are in place with regards to installation of external chimney pipes.

If you already have a chimney in your home and wish to have a coal stove rather than the open fire you currently have then it needs to be inspected by a professional before works are carried out. This company should be able to quickly identify any problems and offer a solution to the problem so that you can soon have your coal stove up and running.

A chimney is essential as this is what helps to vent the stove and so prevent toxic fumes from having access to your home. So even once installed you will need to make sure that it is regularly maintained. To prevent the build up of soot in your chimney it is important that you arrange to have it inspected and cleaned every six months to a year depending on how much it is used. Certainly those that are being used continuously should be cleaned every six months.

The next thing you have to decide on is what size coal stove you want. Generally you need to take into consideration the size of the room where it is to be installed along with how many other rooms within the home you are going to be heating as well.

Once you have chosen the coal stove for your home you now need to arrange for it to be installed correctly. Use a company who has plenty of experience in all aspects of coal stove installations, not just putting the stove where you want it but also in the installation of the chimney and any pipes being used to carry heat or hot water to other parts of the home. Generally the store where you purchased your coal stove from will be able to recommend a company to carry out these works for you.

It is important that after your coal stove has been installed when not being used it should be regularly checked for any wear or tear. Certainly a visual inspection of the stove should quickly identify to you if there are any problems. Also it is advisable that before you start using your coal stoves in the winter that you check the gaskets, glass and grates and replace any that have become worn, cracked or disintegrated over the last few months or years.

Coal stoves are a very cost effective way of heating a home throughout the cold winter months. But if you want yours to be really effective then you need to take care of it correctly and use only good quality fuel in it.
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Above we have shown you what needs to be considered before purchasing any kinds of coal stoves. If you would like to find out more about the different kinds of coal stoves now available and to find one suitable for your own home then please go to Coal Stoves by clicking on the link provided.
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