I want to replace two open fires with woodburning stoves. It will cost between €800 and €2000 to get the fireplaces adapted ( enlarge the recesses) to accomodate the stoves.
I also want to line the recesses with skamolex fireboard and will have to get some infill hearth pieces which would cost another €500 approx. on top of this.
The other option is to fit inset (or insert / cassette) stoves which would not require increasing the opening sizes.
Does anyone know if an inset is as effective as a freestanding stove and are they more expensive?
The house is difficult to heat and I want to use them to heat the entire ground floor by leaving the room doors open.
One concern with an inset is heatloss through the sides and back as both fireplaces are on external walls.
Any other comments would be appreciated.
11 Mar 2010, 9:49 PM
How about insulstion and draught proofing?
11 Mar 2010, 11:15 PM
I just looked at the details for skamolex board - thanks for the lead, Yorky. I see it is good for up to 1100 degK and is used inside stove fireboxes, so I'm guessing it might be a bit over the top for lining the fireplace recess.
One woodstove here does well at heating the room it's in and rooms upstairs via an open staircase, but not very effective at all at heating other rooms on the same level. Rather what you might expect.
Sure did get through some firewood.
14 Apr 2010, 10:41 PM
The insets are very good. We install around 50 Stovax Riva's a year and our customers love them. Providing they are insulated to the side and rear they will give out as much heat as a freestanding stove.
The compressed vermiculite borad is what we use for lining our fireplaces......we've found everything else cracks eventually..even fireboard.
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