If you’re considering the purchase of a snug new stove for your home, chances are you’ve probably stumbled across the term ‘eco design’. As the name suggests ‘eco’ stands for ecological – representing a new standard of environmental regulations set out by the government. From 1st January 2022, it was made law that all stove manufacturers must improve the performance and efficiency of their stoves, any solid fuel appliances that do not meet the latest eco design regulations are banned from being sold to the public. 

Why were the Eco Design stove regulations put in place?

Air pollution poses a significant environmental hazard to public health, and domestic burning is a prominent factor. In 2019, DEFRA (The Department of the Environment, Fisheries and Rural Affairs) incorporated wood burning stoves in their 2019 Clean Air Strategy. By doing so, stoves will see a significant reduction in harmful emissions, thereby enhancing the quality of the air we breathe. The emission standards include limits for the following toxic pollutants; particulate matter (PM), organic gaseous compounds (OGC), carbon monoxide (CO) and nitrogen oxides (NOx).

Recent studies by SIA (The Stove Industry Association) show a modern eco design ready stove or fireplace produces a staggering 90% less emissions than an open fire and 80% less than the average 10-year old stove. 

I have an old stove in my home, do I need to replace it?

Don’t worry, it is not a legal requirement for you to replace an old stove in your home. The new regulations apply to newly manufactured appliances that are made available for sale in the UK from 1st January 2022. Fireplace suppliers and installers must ensure all stoves sold from this date have been independently tested and verified as ‘Eco Design Compliant’.

What are the advantages of an Eco stove?

Undoubtedly, the primary advantage of an eco design stove is the substantial reduction of emissions that will inevitably be better for your health and those around you. But these stoves not only reduce the level of harmful air pollutants, their enhanced burning efficiency generates more heat with less fuel, ultimately costing you less to operate. Winner!

Available in an extensive variety of sizes and styles, these stoves make a warm and sophisticated addition to any home. Featuring large glass windows for an optimal view of the flames, narrow and wide bodies to accommodate various chimney openings, along with different finishes to complement your home’s decor – there’s an eco stove for every taste and budget. Let us showcase a few best selling eco stoves currently available on the market;

Capital Fireplaces Bassington Eco Multi Fuel Stove

With a nominal heat output of 5kW and an impressive efficiency of up to 84%, the Bassington Eco is one of Capital’s best selling stoves from their Eco 2022 range. DEFRA approved for burning wood in smoke control areas with an A+ energy rating, the Bassington Eco features a robust cast iron construction and large glass picture window for a captivating view of the flames. Available in Black or Warm White Enamel and protected by a Lifetime Warranty, the Bassington is sure to be a long-term investment offering both style and substance that will enhance any living space.

Charlton & Jenrick Fireline FX8 Woodburning Stove

Constructed from steel with a cast iron curved door, the Fireline FX8 is a larger than average stove designed to make a statement. Featuring an extra-wide ceramic glass frame window, which not only provides an expansive view of the flames, but also incorporates the latest in  tertiary air technology. Perfect for those with larger rooms in need of substantial heating, the Fireline FX8 can pump out an impressive heat output of up to 8kW that is sure to enhance even the grandest of living spaces.

Stovax Stockton 5 Wood Burning Stove

Available as a dedicated wood burner or multi-fuel stove, the Stockton 5 is the perfect example of traditional cast iron styling. Constructed for maximum durability and heat retention, the Stockton features a beautifully curved glass window and conventional characteristics for a time honoured look. With a superb heating efficiency of up to 85% and nominal heat output of 4.9kW, this fabulous stove is perfect for average sized rooms. 

Capital Fireplaces Holsworthy 5 Eco

Whether you’re seeking a freestanding stove to complement a space without a chimney or perhaps you desire something a little bit different – look no further than the Holsworthy Cylindrical 5 Eco stove by Capital Fireplaces. The Holsworthy 5 is a contemporary and stylish alternative to the traditional stove with an efficiency of up to 78%. Equipped with a large curved window for a fantastic view of the fire within and a built-in log store for your convenience, this modern eco stove is sure to make a striking focal point in any room. For an added touch of the wow factor, why not opt for a smoked glass hearth.

Something Different – The Home of Eco Stoves

Located in Chingford, East London, here at Something Different we are home to all things fireplaces. We are proud to have one of the most extensive and varied displays in the South East of England, including a fantastic selection of eco stoves. Our friendly showroom staff are on hand to welcome you into our showroom, advise you on what’s best based on your requirements and demonstrate some of our live stoves and fireplaces in action. Our passion for providing exceptional products, customer service and installation has put us at the forefront within our industry. 

Head over to our Portfolio page to browse some of our most recent projects we’ve had the privilege to transform, and what our customers have to say about us. Should you have a question or would like to speak to a member of our team, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and give us a call on 020 8529 1010, email us at info@something-different.co.uk or pop into our showroom at your convenience.