Before you buy your new stove, you may want to consider the following:
- Do you want a stove in classic design in cast iron?
- Modern design in cast iron or sheet steel?
- What is the distance to flammable materials?
- How many square meters and how many rooms do the stove need to heat up?
- Is the stove the primary heating source or is there also an oil-fired burner or electric heating systems in place?
The most important issue is whether the stove can be installed where you want to place it. You do need to pay attention to the size of the stove, and the distance to flammable materials.
It is important to find the right size of the stove, so that you are able to get the optimal effect from it. Be careful not to buy a stove which is too large, as the heat can be too overwhelming.
The stoves nominal effect are stated in kilowatt (kW). A rule of thumb is that 1 kW is able to warm up 10 square meters if the house is poorly insulated. If the house has a good insulation then 1 kW should be able to warm up 20 square meters.
There are 2 different kinds of stoves: convection stoves and radiant heat stoves.
Convection stoves are the new generation of stoves. The stoves warm up the air and send it around the room. It gives a pleasant and homogeneous temperature overall.
The radiant heat stove has been used for centuries. The heat is concentrated around the stove. The air around the stove gets very hot, and the room drops in temperature the further away you get from the stove.
Convection stoves, like the ones from Aduro, can typically be placed closer to flammable materials than radiant stoves.