We all associate stoves with winter, and rightly so.  Summer is for outdoor living, days at the beach and BBQs.  Whereas nothing says winter quite like being snuggled up in front of a roaring fireplace.

So winter should be the best time to start planning your new stove then, right?  Well, not exactly – and here is few reasons why. 


Choosing a stove shouldn’t be a rushed decision.  There are many factors to consider, including:

  • What kind of fuel you want to burn?
  • The size of your living space?
  • Do you have a chimney?
  • Do you live in a smoke-controlled area?

It is best to do some research to help inform your decision.  It can also help to get the advice of an expert (like us!).  However, the decision making process can take time – so starting the planning well in advance means that you’ll have your new stove installed when you need it most.


As you can imagine, stoves become very popular in winter and this can sometimes have an impact on supplies.  You might find that the stove you want is out of stock and delivery times are longer.  On the other hand, summer is the off-peak season so supplies are plentiful and you might get lucky with a summer saving too.


It’s important that your new stove is installed correctly, in accordance with building regulations.  That’s why it is best to use a HETAS registered installer (again, like us!) who can install your stove safely and give you peace of mind.  A HETAS registered installer can also self-certify any work that comes under building regulations – saving you time and money spent on building notice applications.  However, HETAS engineers get very busy during the colder months and installation wait times can be significantly longer compared to the summer months.  Planning in advance means that you are more likely to get the installation date that you want.


Before you get your new stove, your existing chimney will need swept.  Like HETAS engineers, HETAS approved chimney sweeps get very busy in winter.  By booking in summer, you can beat the rush and have no problem getting your chimney swept before your stove installation.  You can find a HETAS approved chimney sweep on the HETAS website.


Occasionally during the installation survey or during the chimney sweep, an issue will be identified which will make your chimney unfit for use.  Planning your stove installation early will allow any issue to be resolved before the cold weather arrives and save you time and money in the longer term.

In conclusion, buying a stove is an investment and like all good investments – planning, time and research are key.  So,  it’s important to start the process early so that you can enjoy your new stove when you really need it.

If you have a question regarding buying a stove or would like to book an installation, please send us an email to info@kbgasstoves.com. We’ll be happy to help.

Areas Covered

Our supply, survey and installation service covers the following areas:

Bournemouth  Winton  Moordown  Charminster  Northbourne   Boscombe   Poole   Broadstone Canford Heath  Canford Cliffs   Corfe Mullen  Parkstone   Christchurch   Southbourne   New Milton   Wimborne  Ferndown   Verwood   Ringwood  West Moors   Branksome   Queens Park   Wareham   Swanage  Dorchester   Blandford   Salisbury   Shaftesbury   Sturminster Newton