This season the new kids on the block have contemporary good looks as well as efficient heating capabilities. Take, for example, the Westfire Uniq 37 by Eurostove… the humble convection stove has been transformed with a super-modern cylindrical design with side glass panels that give a good view of the ambient flames inside.
Exclusive to Eurostove in the UK, the metallic anthracite finish of the Uniq 37  is perfect for living rooms, kitchen-diners or indeed any open-plan space.
There are four options to choose from (standard, two-pedestal models that raise the stove for a clear view of the fire at 180° and a tall option for added wow factor) and there’s also a storage door for the wood plus a multi-point locking system on the combustion chamber. Better yet, the Uniq 37 is also Ecodesign-ready.
Ecodesign is a European-wide programme to lower emissions, due to come into force in the UK in 2022. Setting the standard for environmentally-friendly stoves, the scheme is supported by Defra and overseen by HETAS, who will independently verify that the stoves pass the required criteria and tests.
Also Ecodesign-ready is the lovely Novus Multifuel Stove, from ACR Stoves . With its black glass front and gloss black ceramic top panel, it makes a striking focal point and there will always be a good view of the flames as the large glass door is swept clean of deposits by the powerful airwash.
Still sticking to the contemporary theme, how about a Cocoon fireplace? From innovative Latin American designer Federico Otero, the Cocoon is a biofuel stove that uses denatured ethanol, a renewable form of energy derived from plants including corn, wheat, barley and sugar cane. It’s suitable for outdoor as well as indoor use and we love the suspended models  – perfect for making a statement in a contemporary setting or where you want to combine the new with the old.
It’s available in stainless steel or black in four styles: Pedestal, Terra and Vallum, as well as Suspended. It delivers an ambient heat of approximately 3.6 kW – about the equivalent of a small to medium gas or electric heater – and its 1.5 litre chamber provides the capacity to burn for up to six hours.
As good as it gets
If you’re not able to install a gas or woodburning stove in your home, an electric option is another a great alternative and needs just a standard 13-amp mains socket to function. The new Skope range from Gazco  offers a huge choice of flame and fuel-bed colour combinations, as well as the option of crystal ice or log-effect fuel beds. The multi-sided versions can be selected with a chic Trento surround that can be easily mounted onto almost any wall, making it even more of a versatile choice.
Going with tradition
Looking for something more traditional? AGA Rayburn Home Heating can provide power for hot water and heating for up to 20 radiators – and for traditional good looks, a Rayburn is hard to beat. The cooker features the largest rectangular cast iron hotplate on the market as well as two cast iron ovens. And by having all your heating, hot water and cooking in one, valuable space is freed up. There’s a Rayburn to suit every home – the smallest heats two to three radiators while the largest can cope with up to 20 – and they can run on gas, oil or solid fuel, including wood. Each model is available in black and cream as standard, and special colours white, dark blue, claret and pewter are also available.
And did you know that AGA make standalone stoves as well as range cookers? A great focal point for a room and a brilliant way to heat a space, woodburning or multi-fuel AGA stoves are available in traditional cast iron and contemporary steel styles and in a variety of sizes.
Talking of multi-tasking appliances, the Dartmoor Baker from Ludlow Stoves  is not only efficient at heating a room, it also has an integral oven above the fire box which uses the heat from the fire to cook, bake or warm food.
There are oven vents to allow cooking smells and condensation to be drawn out of the oven and up the chimney, and you can also use the top of the stove to warm a pan or boil a kettle (using the back flue outlet via a special Dartmoor Baker back adaptor with flue-cleaning access). There’s also a more compact Dartmoor Baker 5, which still has a good size oven and three shelf heights.
A warm room and a piping hot casserole all from the same fuel source – what could be better than that on a cold winter’s night?