What you plan to use it for, what air outlet, which fuel, which position, which customisation options... There are lots of different factors that need to be thought about when buying a gas stove or insert. To help clarify things for you, here are the main questions you should ask yourself to make sure you choose the right product.
Generally, a gas stove or insert is used as a secondary heating source: so it complements a main heating system (underfloor heating for example) to make your home more comfortable. The few degrees gained by gas heating help you make considerable savings!
But to be able to get the most out of the lovely flames of a gas stove or insert, it is important to adapt the power. In fact, a gas device that could heat the room too much should be used on its lowest setting, with very low flame levels. With their dual burners, Stûv stoves allow you to halve heat production by only activating one of the two rows: so you can enjoy your gas stove or insert whatever the weather, without overheating.
Stûv gas stoves and inserts also have the benefit of being easy to use, thanks to a remote control which lets you easily regulate the temperature. Plus, an integrated wifi module lets you control it from a smartphone or tablet. Home automation here you come !
Most gas stoves and inserts have a sealed combustion system, in other words, the device draws in the air needed for combustion from outside the building (we are talking about C devices). This is the case for all Stûv gas stoves. These products have the advantage of not disrupting the home’s mechanical ventilation or damaging the building’s airtightness, which is particularly high in well-insulated homes.
Air is brought in and removed via a concentric duct, connected to the outside via the roof or an external wall. An existing chimney flue, if the diameter is right (150mm external diameter), is one solution for this concentric duct, as long as it is never horizontal (it may be on a slope at certain places).
Stûv gas stoves and inserts can be connected to natural gas or to a propane gas supply. This second option means you can have a gas stove in your home, even if you live in an area where natural gas is not available. Not connected to mains gas? To find out more, contact your distribution network manager.
As you will have realised, the positioning of your stove is directly connected to the gas inlet and air outlet options. Only a professional can recommend the size and install the gas stove or insert.
There are all sort of different shapes and finishes available for gas stoves... and just as many questions to ask yourself about the decorative function that you want your device to fulfil:
> Stove or insert? Unlike the gas stove, which is a decorative item in its own right, the gas insert fits into your interior design, or even into an existing stove.
> Single- or double sided? Double-sided models mean you create a feeling of transparency between two spaces, by incorporating it into a partition wall. Two rooms get to enjoy the beautiful flames!
> Corner or three-sided? To fit in seamlessly with the architecture, Stûv gas inserts are available in corner (two sides, right or left) and three-sided versions (glass on three sides), offering maximum visibility of the fire.
> Which cladding? Different frames can be used to house a gas stove. Stûv has Under-Cover frames, made from an environmentally friendly heat-resistant composite that creates a flawless finish, avoiding any gaps around the edge of the stove. The top layer can be covered, so it’s easy to paint it in the colour of your choice.
> What customisation options are available? Stûv gas stoves and inserts offer all sorts of different customisation options: choice of interior decoration (logs, stones etc.), background (black steel, black glass, “Piet Boon” cast iron strips), extra glass, “woodfire” effect burners, etc.
All of these options should be looked at carefully with a gas stove and insert professional, who will guide you through the huge range of products and options available.