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Can I have a Stove or Fire in a Kitchen?

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While you plan your kitchen renovations, you may be thinking about installing a wood burning stove or gas log burner. Here’s our expert advice on what to remember when planning either option in a kitchen renovation.

The right kind of pressure

Your kitchen is likely to have an extractor fan. Extractor fans create negative pressure, which can cause problems for a wood burning stove or conventional flue gas appliance as these need positive chimney pressure to remove combustion gases from your home. Without positive pressure, the gases created during combustion can linger in your chimney.

There are options to overcome this. You can install an additional air vent in the room, between the stove and the extractor fan. This should supply sufficient air for each appliance, rather than one drawing air from the other. Your installer will have to complete enhanced spillage tests when commissioning the stove to confirm the suitability of the ventilation and ensure the stove is working safely.

Some wood burning stoves have the option of an Outside Air Kit that ducts the air from outside the house directly to the appliance, without the need for an open vent into the room. Your Stovax retailer will be able to advise in detail and complete a site survey to determine the best options for your home.

For a conventional flue gas stove or fire, you’ll need to look at installing an air vent just like you would for a wood burner.

Go chimneyless

There is also the option to go for a balanced flue gas fire or stove. Balanced flue gas appliances do not require a chimney, making them a good option for a kitchen installation. They are completely sealed, with a glass front, from the room into which they are installed. This means there are no draughts, and heating efficiency is increased, with a twin-wall pipe venting directly to an outside wall. This also means no additional ventilation is required. You can find out more about what to do if you don’t have a chimney in our useful article here.

Need some more home décor inspiration?

If you’re installing a wood burning stove or gas stove in your kitchen and you want some decoration inspiration, why not read our advice on how to get the coastal look in your home, for some top tips on achieving the ultimate relaxing seaside haven in your own property.

We have installed Esse Bakehearts/Ironhearts in kitchens (please see project photos below) https://www.croydonfireplaces.co.uk/products/stoves/esse-bakeheart-ecodesign-ready and https://www.croydonfireplaces.co.uk/search?search=ironheart and don't forget their cookware range https://www.esse.com/cookware/

The fabulous Stockton range is a great addition to any kitchen https://www.croydonfireplaces.co.uk/products/stoves/stovax-stockton-11-ecodesign

Or the Charnwood Range Island https://www.croydonfireplaces.co.uk/search?search=charnwood+island are very popular cookstoves and you can even buy a trivet/Cooking Plate https://www.charnwood.com/all-stoves/stove-accessories/all-ranges/charnwood-cooking-plate/

Or have a bioethanol fire installed in your kitchen (please see some inspirational installs below) the flex range of bioethanol fires can be found here https://www.croydonfireplaces.co.uk/search?search=flex