Open Fires VS Stoves – Which Is Best?

Not sure whether an open fire or a wood-burning stove is the right choice for you? Let’s have a look at the pros and cons of each so you can make an informed decision when it comes to your fireplace. 

The pros and cons of open fires

There are many benefits to having an open fire in your living space. For example, they create a beautiful ambience with the light, warmth, crackling sounds, and even the aroma of the wood being burnt. A traditional open fire is able to set the tone throughout the house and provides a source of warmth to the room as well as providing a wonderful focal point to the room. 

Although they are superior for creating a homely atmosphere, they are less efficient in terms of a heating source than stoves. The uncontrolled airflow will draw air from the rest of the room and be pulled up the chimney. It is estimated that up to 70% of the heat generated by the fire will disappear up and out of the house. 

The pros and cons of stoves

Wood-burning stoves, also known as log burners, are the modern equivalent of an open fire. They can be used to fill a corner in your living room or installed into an existing fireplace. They have a contemporary feel to them but come in a range of styles from traditional to modern. 

Stoves are a more efficient source of heat than open fires as they deliver a constant radiant heat, even after they have been extinguished. They are around 80% efficient and often come with the ability to regulate the temperature they output as well as how fast they burn the fuel. 

Compared to open fires, stoves are considered the safer option for those with children or pets. The fire itself is kept behind a sealed door whilst any byproducts leave the home via the sealed flue. 

As an added bonus, stoves require less cleanup than traditional open fires as the ash is contained within the unit.

Can my Fireplace be converted into a Stove?

Yes! It is possible to convert an old fireplace into a space suitable for a wood-burning or multi-fuel stove. 

It is worth taking into consideration the size of the recess in the wall and the size of your living space. If the stove is too small it won’t heat up the room sufficiently. Stoves need to sit on appropriate hearths. If you had an open fire, the existing hearth should be adequate. However, check to make sure it is at least 12mm thick, made of non-combustible material and that your chosen stove doesn’t heat over 100°C.

At Incendium, we are HETAS-registered installers so your stove will be fully compliant and you will have a certificate to prove its safety once installed.  

Our Verdict 

In terms of aesthetics and creating that traditional homely feel, open fires are superior. But, with regard to versatility, safety, convenience and efficiency the trusty stove is the better option. 

For any further information about Open Fires and Stoves and their benefits, simply get in contact with us, and we will be happy to provide you with impartial information and guidance.

Published On: 19/12/2022Categories: Blog

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