Log burner in a new build - Grand Designs Magazine

Can you install a log burner in a new build?

No chimney? No problem. Here's how to enjoy the flicker of a log burner in a new build

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Wondering how to heat your new build with a stove or a fire despite having no chimney? There are ways to enjoy the comfort of a log burner in a new build home when the architecture doesn’t account for it.

Log burner meets new build

All wood burning and multi-fuel stoves need a chimney system to operate. If you live in a period property, you may well have a beautiful original fireplace with conventional brick chimney. New build homes, however, tend not to be built with such features, but that doesn’t mean you can’t install a log burner.

It may be possible to install a pre-fabricated flue system, such as the Stovax Professional XQ. Pair this with a Stovax County 5 to enjoy the comfort of real flames in a design that complements your modern new build home. If you need an air vent, try an Outside Air Kit as a substitute. Your Stovax retailer can complete a site survey to find the best option for your home.

Wood burning Fire. Log burner

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Go for gas

Gas stoves, such as the tall, striking, Nordic-style Gazco Loft Stove, provide a convenient alternative to log-burning stoves in a new build home. Conventional flue gas stoves require a chimney, but pre-fabricated flue systems are available. Your local Gazco retailer can advise what is best for your home following a site survey.

Gas Stove

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Traditional meets convenient

No chimney or vents are required for a balanced flue gas stove or fire. With the Gazco Sheraton 5 Gas Stove, a twin-wall pipe vents directly to an outside wall, combining the traditional aesthetic of the classic wood burner with the convenience of a gas stove. Efficient gas flame technology offers an authentic display, with detailed logs and ceramic stones creating the look of a realistic wood burning fire.

Gas stove

Photo: Stovax & Gazco

Contemporary fireplace

If you have cavity walls in your new build home, a built-in gas fire can help make the most of the space. Designed to be installed in the internal leaf of a cavity wall, partial cavity wall gas fires, such as the minimalist, award-winning Gazco Riva2 500HL Slimline Gas Fire, help reduce the footprint of the fire in the room. You could even have a slim studwork surround or faux chimney breast constructed to house the fire for minimalist styling that integrates seamlessly with your surrounding décor.

Contemporary fireplace. Gas stove

Photo: Stovax & Gazco

Eclectic electric

An electric stove is a simple heating solution for your new build– just plug it in to get your electric log burner up and running. Electric stoves, such as the Gazco Chesterfield 5 can achieve a traditional log-burner aesthetic and be easily adjusted with a choice of fuel effects, flame and ember bed lighting settings. For a contemporary hole-in-the-wall installation, electric fires such as the Gazco eStudio 105R, create a stunning focal point.

Electric Stove

Photo: Stovax & Gazco

Contact your local retailer to find out more.