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  • There are a variety of features to contemplate before purchasing your new stove. Here is an alphabetical glossary of some of what we consider to be the most important, but please let us know if there are any we have missed!

    Adjustable Grate
    Grate that can be opened to burn solid fuel, or closed to burn wood
    Air Wash

    A system that flows air in at the top front of a stove, keeps the glass clear of smoke and soot, and provides an air supply for secondary burning, which gives a good view of the flames and more efficient use of the fuel

    Ash Pan

    Container that holds the ash ready for removal

    Back Boiler

    Boiler fitted in place of the back firebrick, which provides a hot water supply and reduces the direct room heating output of the stove

    Balanced Flue

    System for gas stoves that allows the stove to be fitted to an outside wall where there is no chimney available


    Hood above the stove, designed to complement the stoves design, and assist integration of the stove into the fireplace

    Chromium Steel Grate

    Grate that is made to withstand the high temperatures generated by petrochemical-based fuels

    Convection Panel

    Additional panel, usually behind the stove, that helps the warmth reach the air in the room, increasing the stoves heating efficiency

    Double Sided

    Stoves with doors front and back, designed to be viewed from both sides. Useful when the stove is fitted in a wall between two interconnected rooms

    Electronic Ignition

    System that lights gas and oil stoves at the touch of a button

    Fire Brick

    Fire bricks are used in many wood burning stoves and multifuel stoves to help protect the steel or cast iron bodies while at the same time increasing the internal firebox temperatures for better combustion

    Fire Cement

    A ready mixed ground putty which dries rock hard once exposed to heat.

    Fire Rope

    A heat resistant rope that goes hand in hand with fire cement. Can be used in conjunction with Fire Cement to help fill larger gaps.

    Flue Damper

    Adjustable controls that reduce the size (and suction) of the flue, allowing greater heating efficiency in use, and easier lighting from cold

    Flue Outlet Position

    Choice of rear or top connections for the flue

    High Top

    Higher "roof" on the stove, making it suitable for higher fireplace arches and increasing heat output

    Leg Lengths

    Selection of different heights for a stove, allowing different installation heights in the fireplace

    Log Guard

    Prevents logs from sliding forward and out when the door is opened

    Log Store

    Space to store and give a final dry to seasoned logs, prior to burning

    Maximum Log Length

    The longest size of log that you can fit into the stove

    Overnight Burning

    Slow, controlled burning that allows the stove to remain alight through the night, ready to be "turned up" in the morning

    Register Plate

    The register plate is often a part that is overlooked when going to buy a stove. Register plates are an essential component that is needed when fitting a stove, they prevent any debris caused by the stove or the flue falling back down onto your hearth.

    Remote Control

    Device that allows you to control a gas, oil or electric stove from the comfort of your chair


    Mechanism used to clear out the ash from the grate without opening the door, so that there is no dust or mess

    Secondary Air Regulator

    Control that regulates the amount of air introduced above the grate, controlling secondary combustion

    Side Loading

    Opening in the side of the stove that allows you to load longer logs into the stove

    Smokeless Burning/Clean Burn

    Systems that burn the fuel so efficiently that little or no smoke is emitted from the chimney.
    See our Clean Burn article.

    Tertiary Air Supply

    Method of introducing air to the combustion products just before they are vented up the chimney, to extract the remaining energy and further clean the flue products

    Thermostatically Controlled

    Controls that regulate the burning to give an even temperature in the room

    Top Loading

    Opening in the top of the stove that allows you to add fuel from above

    Twin Wall Flue Liner

    Insulated flue that can be used as external or internal flue system.
    See our Twin Wall systems