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The Difference Between Yeoman Inset Fires and Freestanding Stoves

If you’re considering adding a high efficiency glass fronted wood burning or multi-fuel fire or freestanding stove to your home, you may be wondering what the difference is between these two types of heating products.

Installation considerations

Inset Fires

Aside from the way they look, one of the main differences between freestanding stoves and inset fires is their different installation requirements.

A wood burning inset fire is designed to fit into a chimney breast, flush to the wall for an integrated, built-in look. The advantages of this type of fire over a freestanding stove is often the potential for less installation work required for fitting the fire, which can reduce costs.

Because inset fires do not have any space around them once they have been installed, there is no requirement to finish the inside of the chimney breast’s chamber, which is sometimes needed when installing a freestanding wood burning stove into an existing chimney.

In addition, inset fires can be good option for chimneys with a small opening, where a freestanding stove may not have the room to be installed.  Fires such as our wood burning and multi-fuel CL Milner are specifically made for easy of installation into a 16-18” wide fireplace. Thanks to this inset fire’s design, the chimney’s Milner Brick or Chair Brick, as it is sometimes known, can be left in place – minimising building work which would normally be required for a larger heating product.

Freestanding stoves

An advantage of freestanding wood burning stoves is their versatility when it comes to the different options available. Our wide range of Yeoman stoves allows you to choose from a host styles, including traditional and contemporary wood burning and multi-fuel stove designs, as well as log store mounted stoves that offer a convenient space saving option for fuel storage.

Should you wish to make use of your existing chimney, many of our stoves will fit into a fireplace chamber if required, with installation work varying in amount depending on whether it needs to be made wider or higher to accommodate the stove. Aesthetically, this type of installation also opens up further possibilities, with the option to tile or brick-line the inside of the chamber if desired.

A freestanding wood burning stove can be a great option for homes without a chimney breast, as there is no requirement to build a structure to house the stove. Thanks to their enclosed construction, freestanding stoves can be sited almost anywhere in the home where they can be flued using a pre-fabricated flue system such as the Stovax Professional XQ range. If considering this type of installation, it is worth bearing in mind that solid fuel stoves always require a non-combustible hearth and minimum distance to combustible materials around the stove. Your local retailer will be able to advise on these requirements specifically for your home.

Heating Performance isn’t a factor

In terms of performance, you may be surprised to hear that there is little difference between Yeoman solid fuel inset fires and freestanding stoves.

Despite the fact that inset fires are built into the wall, and do not have the same surface area in contact with the room’s air as a freestanding stove, the amount of heat they provide is actually very similar across equivalent sized products. This is because inset or built-in fires are insulated from the surrounding chimney breast during installation, and like wood burning stoves, deliver radiant and convected heat to the room through the front of the product.

Due to the airtight doors found on our wood burning and multi-fuel stoves and fires, airflow into the combustion chamber can be regulated using the product’s air controls. This gives our glass fronted solid-fuel stoves and fires a huge advantage over open fires which burn with much lower efficiency.

For more information on all the topics covered in this blog, or to see Yeoman wood burning and multi-fuel stoves and fires burning, please contact your local Yeoman retailer.

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