An inset stove is built into a wall or false chimney breast. Inset stoves give you a 'window of flame' in your wall and are available in many different types, for example double sided inset stoves, ones with curved fronts, or huge wide letterbox insets with doors that slide up and into the wall.
Inset stoves are sometimes called insert stoves which are both the same thing. A cassette stove on the other hand is an inset stove with a second layer of metal around the firebox which forms an air gap around the stove. That allows air in near the bottom and the heated air then flows back into the room. Cassette stoves may sometimes be a little simpler to install.
The heat from an inset stove needs to get out into the room so you usually need to ventilate the chamber that the stove is installed into top and bottom. Some inset stoves even let you connect up air ducts so you can run hot air to other rooms in the house. Sometimes an inset stove is installed into an existing chimney breast or fire surround and there are sizes to suit typical UK fireplaces should you wish to do that. At other times you might create a new chimney breast in the room to install the inset stove into, a freestanding pillar or cube, or a whole new section of wall. Often alcoves, log boxes, a television, seating and lighting may be incorporated to make a design feature of your inset stove which might then become what we term a 'feature wall'.
The pictures of inset stoves should give you some inspiration and design ideas but as ever we are here to help so do just also give us a call to talk it through.
The ECKA 50/35/45W is a corner inset stove with a nominal heat output of 7.5kW, 4.5kW going to water and 3kW to the room. A useful stove to know about if your room layout calls for a stove that goes around a corner.
The ECKA 67/45/51Wh is the larger Hoxter corner inset boiler stove, with a heat output of 13kW, 7.9 going to water and 5.1kW to the room.
The Hoxter HAKA 67/51Wh has a sliding up and down door, allowing you to use the stove as an open fire if you so wish. It has a nominal heat output of 11kW with 74% of the heat going to water. A high performance 17kW version is also available.
The Hoxter HAKA 89/45Wh is a large inset boiler stove designed to burn wood. It has a slide up and down door and a single easy to use control. The HAKA 89-45Wh has a nominal heat output of 14kW with 74% going to water and there is also a + model available with a total output of 22kW.
The Hoxter HAKA 89/45WTh is the largest double sided Hoxter boiler stove. 56% of the heat goes to water which leaves it 4.4kW to give to the room. A higher output HAKA 89/45WTh model is also available.
Utilising the same engine as the freestanding Vajolet, this model can be built in.
ACR Tenbury T400 is a 5kW inset stove.
The Stella 3 DFH700 is a stunning double sided woodburning inset stove. Installed in a dividing wall between rooms or in a central column the DFH700 not only warms each side up but also adds to the sense of space.
The Ulys 900 double sided stove is a remarkable double fronted inset stove. Installed in a dividing wall between rooms or in a central column the DFH700 not only warms each side up but can also provide heat to rooms above via the hot air ducting system.
A beautiful double sided stove which can be sited in the centre of a large room to create a division, so creating two linked spaces with a view of the fire from either side.
ACR Tenbury T550 is a 5kW inset stove with a larger firebox.
The largest model in the Stella 3 range, The H1000 offers a large viewing glass giving a superb view of the fire from anywhere in the room.
The medium sized H600 inset stove has an output of up to 11kW so needs a smaller chamber but still gives that 'window of fire' look.