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* There are currently a good range of contemporary-style stoves available, so if the idea of an enclosed, freestanding appliance that will give out a good supply of heat appeals, you won’t be restricted to old-fashioned, cast-iron designs.
* Stoves have a flue, can be placed in a fireplace opening, or against an outside wall (in which case it will be a balanced-flue design) or there are some flueless models that can be positioned more or less anywhere.
* Choose from multifuel (coal, smokeless fuel or wood), gas (or LPG), oil or electric models.