Including a Stove or Fire in Kitchen Renovations

A new stove or fire ignites life into any room, but we’re often asked if they’re a suitable addition to a kitchen.

The kitchen is the heart of most homes, installing a stove or fire here represents a logical decision. Families and friends often congregate in the kitchen to socialise and relax; welcoming people to the comfort of a warm fire whilst awaiting a home cooked meal.

If you’re thinking about investing in a fire for your kitchen, whether wood burning, gas, electric or multi-fuel, working out where you can install it is the first consideration you need to make. Within this, there are a few key elements to think about. Here, we’ll break them down to give you all the information you need to decide if a fire in your kitchen will work for you.

INSTALLATION

Should your kitchen have an existing fireplace, as is the case with many period properties and traditional homes, it’s a characterful feature to restore it to its former glory to surround a new stove or fire. Combining a classically-styled original fireplace with the modern appeal of a contemporary wood-burning or multi-fuel stove will instantly instill your kitchen with a traditional cottage feel, as well as adding warmth and comfort to your space.

However, if your kitchen is a modern extension with no existing flue system, there are other installation requirements to think of but fear not, a kitchen fireplace is still in sight. You can install a twin flue pipe that either rises up through the kitchen or through an external wall. How easy and, importantly, desirable this will be entirely depends on the structure of your home, so we would always recommend discussing with an expert first.

If you intend to install a fire or stove purely for heat and aesthetic properties then an electric option can overcome many of these hurdles.

FUEL TYPE

If you’re looking to cook on your fire you maybe looking at installing a wood-burning stove. There are some additional installation features to be considered with this option.

Your kitchen is likely to have an extractor fan. Extractor fans create negative pressure, which can cause problems for a solid fuel stoves or conventional flue gas appliance as these need positive chimney pressure to remove combustion gases from your home. Without positive pressure, the gases created during combustion can linger in your chimney, and in some cases can even be pulled back into the room.

There are options to overcome this. You can install an additional air vent in the room, between the stove and the extractor fan. This should supply sufficient air for each appliance, rather than one drawing air from the other.

Whilst you cannot cook on an electric fire or stove, the installation of this fuel option is much simpler. Just plug in and enjoy!

DESIGN

Perhaps even more so than living rooms, it’s essential to think carefully about the layout of your kitchen before installing a new fire or stove. Kitchens are often smaller than other areas or filled with units and appliances that reduce the space for your fire. Wall mounted fires and stoves can be a great space saver.

THE VERDICT

It entirely depends on how your kitchen is built, but if there is an existing fireplace then installing a stove or fire should be no problem whatsoever. If there isn’t, then you need to look at what you use your kitchen for. If you host and spend most of your time there, then the inclusion of a fire or stove can add a wonderful focal point.

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