Struggling to get to grips with all the wood-burning stove jargon. Here’s your one-stop guide to some of the main terminology you’ll come across when buying a wood-burning stove.
A system that forces a flow of air from a vent at the top of your stove
down over the glass in the door to prevent tar and soot being deposited
on the glass.
The removable or fitted pan that sits below the stove to collect all the ashes.
A metal plate sitting above the stove. It partially blocks the exit for
the hot flue gases created by your fuel. This helps to keep the gases in
the stove for longer to make sure they have fully burnt, and also keeps
to heat in the stove for longer to give more opportunity for your room
A system used in modern stoves in which an additional air supply is
introduced to the stove. This encourages burning higher up the stove,
with the intention of stopping flammable gases disappearing up the flue
without being burnt.
The main inside part of your stove where all the burning takes place.
An insulating material used inside the stove to protect it from the fierce heat of the fire.
The pipe that takes the gases away from your stove.
The bed that your fuel sits on when it is burning.
Primary air supply
The main source of air to provide combustion inside the stove. In multi-fuel stoves this is usually at the bottom of the stove.
A plate used to seal the bottom of the chimney in an open fireplace,
which will have a hole through which the flue pipe passes (pictured
Secondary air supply
An additional air supply, often added to the stove to improve combustion (see Cleanburn)