Gas Stoves

Wood burning stoves are currently the least expensive way to heat your home. Unfortunately, they can't be installed just about everywhere. Obviously, you need a chimney and if you live in a multi-unit building such as an apartment or a condo, building one is everything but easy. Then, you need a storage space for the logs. And in the end, you have to load the stove (quite frequently) if you want to keep your home comfortably warm. A gas stove is a great alternative to a wood burning stove if you can't install it for one reason or the other or if you simply prefer convenience.

Advantages of Gas Stoves

In comparison to wood burning stoves, those fired by gas are much more convenient. You don't have to refill it every couple of hours and you can adjust the temperature with an optional remote control from the comfort of your sofa. Also, they require minimal maintenance and cleaning as there is no soot or ash. In addition, some don't even require a chimney. Lastly, many feature a burning wood or coal effect, creating just as inviting atmosphere as their wood/multifuel counterparts.

Flue or Flueless

Gas stoves can be divided into flue and flueless models with the latter not requiring a chimney. So if you don't have a chimney, you can still install a gas stove and cut those electricity bills. Although gas prices are rising as well, they are still lower than electricity prices. Much lower. Not on the gas main? Not a problem either. Gas stoves work perfectly on both natural gas and LPG (liquefied petroleum gas).

Things to Consider Before Purchasing a Gas Stove

When purchasing a new gas stove, there are three things to consider:

The first thing to decide is where you want to install the stove. If you want it in the centre of the room, then you will need a freestanding model. These models vary from single- to four-sided. Maybe you have a fireplace. In this case, you may want to fit it in the fireplace and save space at the same time. Think about your preferences and the existing interior décor when deciding between the many options available.

The second thing to consider is whether you prefer some kind of flame effect. It is worth to spend a few pounds extra because the effect of a burning fire creates a very inviting and relaxing atmosphere. You can choose between the effect of burning wood or coal.

Thirdly, don't forget about safety. There is no need to worry about the gas leaking or exploding because modern gas stoves are made with a great deal of attention to safety. Nevertheless, it is worth to consider buying a stove featuring the oxygen depletion sensor. The latter works by measuring the oxygen levels in the room and if detecting below normal levels of oxygen, it shuts down the stove.