If the news today has you worried about buying or using a wood burning stove, fear not!

Most of our manufacturer’s and their brands are already achieving and in some cases over achieving on the 2022 targets set out by the Government.

Those that aren’t are currently going through the testing process and so far it’s been nothing but good news!

Get in touch if you need any advice and here’s a message from one of our amazing manufacturer’s Contura.

“Ecodesign Ready Stoves reduce emissions by 90%

Contura provides tips on choosing the right stove, the right fuel, and using your wood burner correctly to help minimise your impact on the environment

Air quality is a big issue. Now, more than ever, it is vital that government, stove manufacturers, dealerships and fuel suppliers alike, work together to educate Brits that by following best practice and making the right choices when using wood burners, stove owners can ensure that they are doing their bit to protect the environment.

It is also important to highlight the significant technological advancements that are being made by stove manufacturers to ensure that their products are more eco-friendly.

Phil Wood, UK Country Manager for Europe’s leading wood burning stove brand, Contura, comments on the topic and provides facts and tips for owners of wood burners to reassure them that using a wood burning stove correctly can help to minimise their impact on the environment.

“Using a modern, clean burning, Ecodesign-ready stove can reduce emissions by up to 90% compared to a traditional open fire.

“Supported by Defra, Ecodesign is a new Europe-wide emissions regulation scheme for stoves and space heaters due to be introduced in 2022. Ecodesign Ready stoves have been engineered to burn wood more completely. The targeted introduction of combustion air at higher levels in the fire box of the stoves reignites the combustion particles before they can leave the stove. This technology reduces particulate emissions by 90% compared to an open fire and 80% compared to a stove of 10 years ago and can also lead to significant reductions in CO, NOx and Organic Gaseous Carbon compounds (OGCs).

“UK air quality is a growing and worrying issue, however, we can significantly reduce the level of emissions from burning firewood simply by replacing open fires and old wood burners with Ecodesign Ready stoves. This is where the ‘quick win’ in emissions reduction can be made.

“Contura has been fully committed to the Ecodesign project from the outset. Today, and four years ahead of schedule, all Contura stoves already operate under the Ecodesign limits.

“It is also crucial to educate stove owners on the correct operation of the stove and on sourcing the right fuel to ensure emissions are kept to a minimum. Kiln dried wood, and species such as ash, beech or birch, burn particularly well. Good quality wood with the right moisture content (between 12 and 20%) will generate the correct heat, the correct flame and will not emit black or grey smoke.

“Legislation on the types of fuel available to purchase would be welcome, but in the meanwhile, stove owners can be sure of the wood’s quality and origin by buying from accredited British suppliers. Woodsure, the UK’s woodfuel accreditation scheme, recently launched a new ‘Ready to Burn’ initiative, which offers a certification mark to suppliers who can demonstrate that their logs have a moisture content below 20% so stove owners looking for that guarantee should keep an eye out for the Ready to Burn label.

”A replacement scheme to upgrade old stoves would be a logical step to tackle the issue of emissions from wood burners. The fact remains that burning a sustainable and renewable energy source such as wood offers a better heating economy and helps to reduce the carbon footprint of our homes in the long-term as it reduces the reliance on energy from power stations used to power central heating.”

Wood Burning Stove vs Open Fire – The stats:

1. An Ecodesign ready wood burning stove reduces particulate emissions by 90% compared to a traditional open fire and 80% compared to a 10 year old stove.
2. Two logs will burn for up to one hour in a wood burning stove, compared to only 15 minutes on an open fire.
3. Compared to open fires, Ecodesign Ready stoves reduce the emission of…
· Organic Gaseous Carbon compounds (OGCs) by 70%
· Nitrous Oxide (NOx) 34%
· Carbon Monoxide (CO) by 33%
4. Optimum wood moisture content for efficient and clean combustion is 12-20%.
5. Migrating from an open fireplace to a flue connected to a stove will halve the deemed air loss from the room.
6. 80% of the heat generated by a wood burning stove is convected and radiated into the room, compared to only 20% in the case of an open fire.

Contura’s tips on minimising emissions:

1. Only burn wood on an Ecodesign Ready stove – Look for the Ecodesign Ready label or consult with your dealer.
2. Use kiln dried wood if possible or wood with a moisture content below 20%. Purchase the best wood you can afford from a recommended supplier. Look out for the Woodsure ‘Ready to Burn’ label which guarantees a moisture content between 12 and 20%.
3. Hardwood species such as ash, beech or birch will burn the cleanest, longest and with a nice bright flame.
4. Ensure your chimney is swept and stove maintained annually.
5. Follow the lighting instructions in the product manual and maintain the correct combustion temperature in the stove.
6. Only ever use an approved, low sulphur smokeless fuel on an open fire”

Rais Eco-design Ready

You will notice that RAIS products on this website are now being described as ‘ecodesign ready’ and are accompanied by the special logo shown above.

But what is ‘Ecodesign’?Ecodesign is a Europe-wide program to lower emissions. The regulations which underpin Ecodesign come into force in 2022 and from that date all stoves will have to meet very strict new performance criteria.Many stoves on the market will need to be completely re-designed to comply.However, we are delighted to report that all except one (RAIS 2:1) of the current range of RAIS wood burning stoves already meet the ecodesign criteria!You can be absolutely sure when you purchase your ecodesign ready RAIS stove that it is future proof and already incorporates the most advanced combustion technology available.

Air Quality and Ecodesign Stoves.

The Stove industry is now being extremely pro-active to ensure that wood burning is as efficient as possible and with the minimum of environmental impact.

Even though wood burning stoves are a relatively low source of emissions,  a new Environmental Initiative is being led by the Stove Industry Alliance, the trade body for the stove industry. The SIA feel it is important to reduce emissions from wood burning stoves even further and are launching an environmental standard, committing manufacturers to start meeting stringent new green laws six years ahead of schedule.

From this Spring, the industry’s main manufacturers will ensure that all newly-designed wood burning stove models will meet European environmental standards, which are not due to be enforced until 2022.

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Style AND Substance provided by The Stove Room


We have such a variety of clients at The Stove Room that no two installations are the same. Take a look at our Gallery for our installation work, there’s everything from classic traditional fireplaces to unique contemporary finishes.

Our customer Becky had a very specific look she wanted to achieve so head installer and Stove Room owner Mark ensured that the tiles and surround Becky had sourced came together perfectly with the Clearview Pioneer 400 stove and brick board chamber we supplied. Take a look at these before and after images, they’re possibly our favourite since the business opened nearly 5 years ago! Of course we can’t take all the credit, see more of Becky’s style on Instagram: @beckyfashionstylist, Twitter: @becky_bowyer & Facebook @becky bowyer.

The Stove Room’s commitment to achieve the look you want is just one reason to purchase and install your stove with us. There is another really important reason that not many people are aware of….

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_84935486_thinkstockphotos-481311690We wouldn’t blame you for thinking that a wood burner was just a luxury item, as they really are the icing on the cake when it comes to interior design and comfort. However they’re certainly more than a trend. With experts speculating that there’s a bitter winter just around the corner, there’s never been a better time to consider ALL the benefits of installing a wood burner. As well as providing the ultimate festive ambience, a wood burner can SAVE YOU MONEY and HELP THE ENVIRONMENT!


A wood burner is 77 per cent cheaper to run than an electric fire, 29 per cent cheaper per kW than a gas effect fire, and 43 per cent and 40 per cent cheaper than an oil and LPG fire respectively. Gas and electricity costs are still rising (21%, in the past year, according to but two months supply of seasoned hard wood, typically 1m3, can cost as little as £80, less if buying in larger quantities, how does this compare to your energy bills? Having a wood burner as an alternative source of heating will reduce your dependence on gas or electric and can cut your overall spend!

“Using wood as your heat source costs 2.5p per kw/h compared with gas at 4p and electricity at 11p” HETAS, the solid fuels industry body. (link

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There’s never been a better time to visit Burton Road here in Didsbury, Manchester

The Stove Room

The High Street attracts people all week long with it’s shops, cafes, restaurants and bars. The past year has brought us lots of new independent neighbours and it’s an exciting time to call Burton Road our home.

As much as the street has evolved, so has our showroom. We’ve been here for four and a half years now and over that time we have fine tuned all that we offer. We really do believe we have the best of British and Scandinavian brands on the market today and we have something for everybody, be it a charming traditional install or to achieve the latest contemporary look, we love the challenge and our showroom reflects this diversity!

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Welcome to The Stove Room blog…

chandelierWell, we finally finished all the work on our new showroom, and opened our doors on 19 May 2012.


We’ve had such an extraordinary level of support from the other independent businesses on Burton Road with Helen and Pete at Didsbury Life and Wearelife helping us to get organised with our Brand, Website and Twitter account to mention just a few of the things they do. We certainly didn’t need to go anywhere else in order to refurbish our showroom beautifully with Matt from David Gavin Interior Design supplying our stunning wallpaper, Hazel from Moth supplying the most amazing chandeliers and Gregg at Cactus Design doing a sterling job with our signage – why go beyond Didsbury!?!


To top it all we have the best eateries and bars around us with Burton Road Bakery across the road being a bit too handy, Love 2 Eat, Folk, The Rose Garden, Dish Ran Away with the Spoon and the lovely, newly opened The Violet Hour – all frequented by us probably a bit more than planned in these few weeks that we’ve been open!

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Before and after…..

IMG_0265-224x300So we opened our door over 2  months ago now and already we’ve had  lots of great customers. As promised here are a few examples of the work we’ve been doing and you can see just what can be achieved in your home.


The Merlin multi fuel stove with full chimney preparation

The wall and chimney space opened up, boxed in the opening with fireboard, tiled the back half with matching handmade tiles sourced by The Stove Room, plastered and the flue liner installed.



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The mystery of HETAS explained…

We’ve have been hearing tales of woe from our customers that have invested in their beautiful wood burning stove and then employed an installer that isn’t HETAS approved only to find that the job has been left half completed or that their stove just isn’t working properly. We are now being asked to go and put the job right and we’ve come across some real horrors.


In order to help with the general understanding around HETAS and why it’s so important we’ve answered some of the main questions we’ve come across below:

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Journey of a Stack stove….

trad-stack-e1343912528144-225x300It all started when I joined Pinterest the virtual pinboard  site where you create visual boards of things that interest you, that you love or that inspires you. The Stove Room was being formed in Manchester and we really wanted wood burning stoves that were cutting edge and beyond the norm.


I saw an image of a really funky looking ceramic stove posted from California Home & Design magazine and fell in love with the Stack stove there and then. I traced the creators of Stack to La Castellamonte  and Adriano Design in Italy, contacted them and opened up conversations about representing Stack in the UK.


Since then we have visited the factory at La Castallamonte where Stack are created, each one taking 4 to 6 weeks and hand finished to perfection with amazing skill and an injection of passion. La Castellamonte have been around for 35 years with owners Roberto Perin and Silvana Blacks making beautiful, traditional ceramic stoves for the global market.

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