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multi stove vs electric fire

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ByeByeLilSebastian Thu 10-Nov-16 13:18:55

So I've been having a switcheroo of our furniture between the two living areas. This is what our new living room will be like but we need a fire to put in the empty space.
Dh has got his eye on a multi fuel stove but I'm worried about how it would fit in. How far would it need to come out?
The other option is an electric fire like this. It would take up a lot of that space.

What would you go for?

IAmAPaleontologist Thu 10-Nov-16 13:30:03

I a big stove fan, is that an outside wall? You need to be able to vent it somewhere. Stoves come in all shapes and sizes from teeny tiny hobbit stoves to great big ones, old fashioned, slick modern ones, skandi types in different colours, you can find something that suits!

IAmAPaleontologist Thu 10-Nov-16 13:32:51

The gallery on this page gives you an idea of how a small stove could fit.

IAmAPaleontologist Thu 10-Nov-16 13:36:27

Or have you considered a bio ethanol burner? My in laws have one. Real flame so pretty to look at but no need to vent etc.

ByeByeLilSebastian Thu 10-Nov-16 13:39:55

Thanks, that gallery gives me a better idea.
It is an outside wall. We had a man round this morning to see if he could put a fire in but he wasn't very helpful with prices. We can definitely have one in that space though.

I'm just concerned about how to mske it fit in. I don't think I want a stone fireplace building as it might come out too far then. He was vague with pricing but hinted it could start costing us £4k upwards. Is that about right?

ByeByeLilSebastian Thu 10-Nov-16 13:48:20

The bio ethanol ones look lovely but pricey to run. If I'm reading it right it's about £54 for 12 bottles, each bottle lasts 3-4 hours. So that's £54 for 2 weeks worth of heat in the winter.

IAmAPaleontologist Thu 10-Nov-16 13:53:32

How much it costs will completely depend on how you want to do it but if you are not wanting to build a traditional fireplace then I think that would be very much too end, i think it cost us 3k to replace our stove, move the pipes around that link to the central heating, replace the heat pump etc and make good afterwards but that is a boiler stove. If you are not going up a chimney etc then I can't see how costs would be too high.

PigletJohn Thu 10-Nov-16 15:06:47

I can't see a chimney. Is there one?

Don't like unvented burners because the fumes and water vapour are released into the room. Don't have the figures, but a litre of fuel released more than a litre of water.

TotalConfucius Thu 10-Nov-16 15:18:08

I think if you are constrained by budgets I would go with a slimline electric suite. The cost of a stove could be quite reasonable but the specialist works in ensuring proper venting (and remember, you have to have it inspected by the council man afterwards) and getting the vent up above the roofline can be quite expensive. Plus remedial works inside to put right damage caused by the venting. Plus a hearth of course.
If you have central heating in addition, you could get an electric with nice lighting/flame effect and not use the heat. Just having a glowy thing in the room makes it seem warmer.
If you are a cover-all-bases Prepper, then of course you will have a Calor gas fire stowed in the shed which runs off the same gas as your bbq, to be used for heat in the event of a electricity cut. Unless you already have the chimney or budget is many K, that is the only advantage to a multi fuel - heat if the electric goes down.

PikachuSayBoo Thu 10-Nov-16 15:23:10

I wouldn't have a chimney built in, just have a plinth/hearth. Then have it vented. If you search google images for "wood burner no chimney" there's lots of pictures.

PikachuSayBoo Thu 10-Nov-16 15:23:57

It doesn't have to be inspected by the council afterwards. The fitter just needs to be a registered fitter.

ByeByeLilSebastian Thu 10-Nov-16 15:40:58

It doesn't have a chimney which is where I start to get confused about its surroundings. It's an extension so the fire man said the flue could go straight up and out the top.

What would you put around the fire though? Does it have to be in an alcove?
We have around £2.5k max for the whole thing.

ByeByeLilSebastian Thu 10-Nov-16 15:42:21

Also we will be getting new flooring. Would you get that before or after fire installation?

Sorry for so many questions. This is our first house so it's all new to me and I don't want to get it wrong.

Ruhrpott Thu 10-Nov-16 20:26:20

We had a new wooden floor fitted and then a log burner with a stainless steel double walled chimney outside

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