Wakeford Fireplaces are a professional supplier and fitter of wood burning stoves in Surrey and across the South East. We have a wide range of wood burners for you to choose from, with many models available to view in our showroom. Why not come and see us for a relaxed conversation with our skilled and knowledgeable team to discuss the best wood burner option for your home?
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Wakefords have been a specialist fireplace, fire and stove centre since 1984 and is the place for fires, stove and surrounds in Surrey. Customers include homeowners, interior designers and property experts looking to refurbish, upgrade and add value to all types of residential property.
Over the last 10 years, log burners have grown hugely in popularity, which has allowed the Wakefords team to become true experts in the field. We have amassed a wealth of experience and knowledge of the industry and are happy to advise on any issue. From wood burning technology and stove manufacturers, to supply, installation and maintenance, there’s not much we don’t know about stoves!
We know a lot of people are tempted to look for cheap options online but there are issues around this. We feel it is really important for customers to see and feel a burner which is why we have a lovely showroom in the heart of Surrey. We encourage people to come and visit and even if we do not have the exact stove they were thinking about we can show them a number of similar ones in terms of size, colour and features. The showroom is a great place to discuss any special issues a customer may have around the state of their chimney perhaps or being in a low emission zone. We are also able to start giving rough ideas on cost even before a site visit. By getting up close and personal with a range of wood burners you can make sure you end up with the right one for you.
As well as selling burners and stoves we also install them. This is where the big difference between online sales and visiting a showroom comes in. There may be cheaper options online that can be delivered to you home but when it comes to installation it is critical to get the professionals in. By helping each customer chose the right wood burner for them we take into account where it will be fitted, room size, room shape, wall materials and more. This means each and every customer gets a stove that is warm, reliable and safe. Wakeford’s have fitted literally hundreds of wood burners across Surrey and even further afield into Hampshire and Sussex. From Esher and Weybridge to Chobham, Farnham and into Croydon we are able to organise a fast, efficient and reliable fitting service with any stove bought from us.
How Much Does a Wood Burning Stove Cost to Install?
“How much does a wood burning stove cost?” is one of the most common questions we are asked by customers and it is one we are keen to answer but there are a lot of variables. The first thing to take into consideration is value. By this we mean the value of the service, the quality of installation and appliance and post purchase support. While it can certainly be very cheap ordering a stove online in a sale and getting a local handyman to install it you may find you are unable to get any customer support or help if there are any issues. It is important to be able to visit a showroom and look at some stoves properly. It is also critical to buy a reputable brand and have it installed by a qualified person and these things can cost a little more.
Below are 3 Scenarios and Costings to help give an idea of wood burner installation cost:
Standard Stove (between 4kW and 5kW)
- Chimney already present
- New lining needed
- No alteration to fireplace
- Front and back hearth present
- No surround or extra aesthetics
Stove and Installation Cost – (4kW)£1600 – (5kW)£2000
High-end stove (5kw<)
- No chimney
- Twin-wall flue system(2-story with minimal bends)
- Granite Hearth
Stove and Installation Cost – from £4500
Stanard Stove(between 4kW and 5kW)
- No chimney
- Twin-wall flue system(2-story with minimal bends)
- Granite Hearth
Stove and Installation Cost – (4kW)£3800 – (5kW)£4200
These are just 3 examples of the combinations of different types of wood burner and site requirements we come across. It is very important to factor in extra costs over and above the price of the stove. This is why our full service offers so much value. We can work through your budget and home requirements and find the solution best for you. Buying an appliance online and then looking into installation could leave you open to some nasty surprises when it comes to getting it fitted.
Wakeford’s can offer a range of leading brand stoves and burners including, Aarrow, Faber, Dru, Valor, Stovax, Captial and more! Whether you are looking at a sleek modern take on a traditional stove or something classic for a period home our ever growing range of brands will be sure to offer something suitable. If you find a stove you like online but are not sure we can supply it then send us a photo or drop in for a chat. With over 30 years experience we are highly likely to either know the brand, stock the brand or be able to source you something similar.
Are Wood Burning Stoves Easy to Keep Clean?
This is a very common question and for good reason. Most people have visited a house at some stage and seen a dirty old stove sitting in the fireplace and it causes people to assume they are hard to clean. Well, thankfully, modern stoves are very easy to clean. Many of them have self cleaning glass which works wonders and removes the need to sit for hours scrubbing soot off the front. However, even those without this technology are easy to keep clean if it is done regularly. There are some great products on the market to clean the glass and a quick sweep around the fire will get rid of any ash. A modern stove is as easy to keep clean as any other household appliance…in fact it is a lot easier to clean than an oven!
How Safe are Wood Burners?
Stoves in general are probably the safest way to have a real fire. Because they are closed there is little or no risk of any embers leaving the stove. This means they can be left running when you have gone to bed safe in the knowledge it will keep some heat going and slowly die off over night with no concerns of fire. Of course, having anything hot around the home presents it challenges with small children etc but there are some great fire guards on the market to make sure little ones are kept well away.
Types of Stove
Offering the perfect balance between practicality and style, between cosy warmth and visual appeal, a wood burner can be a fantastic addition to any home. Just imagine curling up in front of one – nothing can match the simple pleasure of seeing a hot embers and real flames through a traditional or contemporary glass-fronted log burner. It’s an attractive and efficient way of providing warmth and comfort while creating a stunning focal point for any room.
Wood burners come in many styles and sizes, so there’s bound to be one that matches your requirements perfectly. Space, room size and application are all important factors for consideration when you choose the right stove for your home.
Remember that having a stove in your home is about more than just providing a beautiful feature piece – it needs to be functional as well. Spacious rooms and properties require large wood burning stoves for them to be effective sources of heat. If you’re choosing a stove for a larger home you need to ensure that it is the requisite size to provide warmth efficiently.
We have many years of experience in providing log burners to expansive houses, so we have the expertise to help you choose a stove that’s perfect for you. Speak to a member of our team about the kind of stove that might be appropriate for you and we can help you find a variety of options to suit your needs.
Smaller properties can look both elegant and inviting with a small wood burning stove as a key feature of a room. Smaller stoves can still kick out plenty of heat to easily warm a room to leave you feeling cosy and warm.
It’s a common problem that people will end up overestimating their warming needs and buying a stove that’s actually far too big for their property. This not only creates the problem where the room is overpowered by the size of the stove but also that it’s not especially practical as it simply pumps out too much heat. We have years of experience in providing stoves that are ideal for the property they are placed in.
With a range of sizes available, we can find one to slot perfectly into your home to add to the aesthetic value. Whatever your requirements we can help you find a burner that’s exactly what you are looking for.
It’s important to have a basic knowledge of the right type of wooden logs to burn. Logs need to be ‘seasoned’ so that they are dry enough to produce optimum heat. Unseasoned or ‘green’ wood contains too much moisture and should be avoided; burning this type of wood is likely to cause damage to both your stove and chimney. Soft woods such as pine burn fast and with a vigorous flame, while the long hot burn of a hardwood such as oak or ash will give you many hours of prolonged heat output.
At Wakefords, our expert team can advise on different types of wood to help you understand which logs are the right wood for your wood burning stove; we can even help you find a reputable supplier of logs for your stove.
Get In Touch
If you are considering a wood burner for your home, obtaining expert information and advice is key. Wakefords offer a professional service for the supply, installation and maintenance of wood burning stoves in Surrey or anywhere in the South East, and we are happy to answer any questions you may have.
To find out more about how we can help, please contact us by phoning 01483 223900 or visit our showroom. The right appliance should bring pleasure and warmth to your Surrey home for many years to come, and we look forward to helping you find it!