Boiler stoves have become a popular solution for households in need of boiler replacements or upgrades. If you are unaware of the benefits of boiler stoves, you might be tempted to opt for a traditional gas boiler or other heating appliances that utilise electricity, oil or LPG, but you’d be missing out! With fuel prices rising at almost twenty per cent per year, the ongoing costs of such systems can be astronomical. The main reasons that a boiler stove could be a better choice for your home are that they burn wood or have multi-fuel capabilities, thus avoiding expensive mainstream fuel costs, and additionally, they are incredibly efficient.
What is a Boiler Stove?
A boiler stove is an appliance that heats up water for distribution in a heating system, to supply hot water to taps and showers, or both. Most boiler stoves are powered by burning wood, but some are multi-fuel, meaning they can run on wood, coal, wood pellets or peat. There are many permutations available, with some operating just like a gas boiler and others working more like a wood-burner.
What Types of Boiler Stove are Available?
Full Central Heating Stove – This type of boiler stove is suitable for a complete central heating and hot water system. With its integrated ‘wrap around’ boiler, massive heat outputs of up to 82,000 BTU (British Thermal Units), which is 24Kw, can be obtained.
Clip-In Boiler – The ‘clip-in’ is a small boiler stove that is ideal for topping up an existing heating system. It can also be used as a water-only back-boiler or as a replacement for stove firebricks used in the firebox of a traditional wood boiler.
How Does a Boiler Stove Work?
The boiler itself is a metal box, and this is where water is held and heated by the burning of wood or other fuel. There are several tappings that connect to pipes that distribute the hot water throughout the house. Boiler stoves do not heat water as quickly as gas and oil boilers, therefore water is not taken directly from them. Hot water is held in a storage tank so that it is readily available for taps and showers.
Is a Boiler Stove Suitable for Existing Radiators or Underfloor Heating Systems?
Yes! An existing central heating system simply needs to be connected to the new boiler stove, so no new radiators are required. With underfloor heating, a storage tank will supply the hot water, connected via the existing pipes.
How Do I Choose the Right Boiler Stove?
You will need to select the right size boiler stove for the needs of your home, and there are a variety of boiler outputs to choose from, ranging from 5,000 BTU up to 90,000 BTU. If you are not sure, we can help you select the optimum size for your requirements, and we can also design a complete system for you if required.
How Much Will it Cost?
Any new heating system is a long-term investment, and here at Yorkshire Stoves we aim to provide you with transparency regarding not only our product offerings, but also about the anticipated costs of a full installation, so that you know exactly what to expect. If you are considering a full central heating system, our engineers will potentially need to upgrade existing pipe-work, the cylinder tank and the header tank to ensure the system will be safe, and they will also make sure all current regulations are met.
A full system installation, including stove, will cost around £7,000, although with every house being different we would urge you to request one of our free, no obligation surveys to ascertain the precise costs. All our engineers are fully qualified and HETAS-registered, taking pride in providing excellent customer service so that you have a smooth and satisfactory installation from start to finish.