What is an Oil Burning Stove?

An oil burning stove uses oils, diesel or other similar fuels to produce heat. Oil burning stoves come in different types of styles and colours.

How Your Home Would Benefit from an Oil Burning Stove


Fuel oil only ignites by an advanced system within the stove. This ensures that the fuel is not explosive.


Modern oil stoves and heating systems have an efficiency rating of 85%-95% or higher.

Save Money

Heating costs for oil burning stoves are far lower than natural gas or electricity heating systems.

Cosy and Warmer

The heat produced by burning oil is 300 degrees hotter than natural gas, meaning it will heat your home and water system faster than any other fuel.

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Important Things to Consider Before Selecting a Stove


When considering which type of stove to get you must consider how much you are willing to spend on the project. The budget must include everything from the initial cost of the stove to the installation and also the ongoing running costs and maintenance

Energy Source

When it comes to stoves there are a few different types to choose from;

  • Wood-burning stoves
  • Gas stoves
  • Multi-fuel stoves
  • Oil stoves
  • Electric stoves
  • Pellet stoves

It is important to take the energy source into consideration because this will affect many factors of your stove installation and maintenance. If you opt for a wood-burning, gas or multi-fuel stove and don’t already have a chimney, a flue will have to be installed. If you decide on a solid fuel stove then you will need to figure out where to get firewood, coal, oil, wood pellets etc. as well as factoring in the cost of your chosen fuel type.

How Much Heat is Required

Is the purpose of your new stove for heat or aesthetic? Or both?

You need to keep in mind that different fuels burn at different temperatures and some will be more suitable than others, depending on your requirements.

If you need to heat a large space then a wood-burning stove may not be the best solution of you, as a lot of the heat is lost through the chimney. Gas stoves are some of the most efficient if you are heating an average size living space. If you’re looking to heat a large space, then an oil burning stove will be ideal for you.

If the stove is primarily for aesthetic purposes, then you will need to determine if you’re after a traditional or modern look.

Type of Flue System That You’ll Need

There are a few different types of flue systems that you can choose from depending on the fuel used.

  • Wood-burning stove – chimney required
  • Oil stove – chimney required
  • Multi-fuel stove – chimney or flue installation required
  • Pellet stove – flue installation required
  • Gas stove – flue required unless stove is vent-less
  • Electric stove – no flue required

Even if you don’t have a chimney or a flue, one can be installed fairly easily. A chimney installation is a lot more invasive than flue installation, but it just depends what kind of look you want to go for. There are many different types of flue to choose from

If you already have a chimney but it needs a bit of restoration and repair, then it can be relined and rejuvenated back into a working state. There are a multitude of chimney liners available that can make your chimney usable again without extremely extensive repairs.


Whether you are after a modern or traditional look, your dream stove is out there, and if not, we’ll design it for you!

Oil Burning Stove Installation

Some people try and make their own oil burners, we couldn’t advise you against it more as there are a staggering number of things that could go wrong if you attempted to make or install an oil burning stove yourself. There are numerous dangers in doing so, including;

Correct safety features not installed – e.g. auto shut-off when temperature exceeds a safe limit.

No self-ignition – hand-lit burners can be dangerous and should be avoided.

Not tested – all regulation oil burning stoves are tested by a 3rd party to ensure the safety.

Flue not properly installed – when an oil burner is not vented sufficiently it could put you at risk of exposing yourself to toxic fumes.

Why Choose The Stove and Fireplace Builder?

At The Stove and Fireplace Builder, you get a comprehensive service from start to finish. From initial bespoke designs, to full stove/flue installation and even assistance with fireplace finishing and décor. You won’t need to worry about a single aspect of your project and with 18 years’ worth of experience, we know how to get the job right every time.