Radiant stoves emit heat from the front, the sides, the rear and also the top of the stove, even the single skin flue if installed creates Radiant heat. Radiant heat is emitted in straight lines which is the same as how a wet underfloor heating systems work. Click here to see page 10 & 11 of the Oak Stoves brochure which shows a clear diagram of radiant heat compared to Convection heat.
The air in the room gets heated through contact with the stove along with any adjacent surfaces. Radiant stoves concentrate heat around the stove and being too close can be too intense, the further you move away from the stove the more comfortable the heat is. If you want cosiness and warmth then the radiant stove could be for you. Convection Stoves work the heat in a different way by using air currents to distribute the heat around the room. Please make sure children, the elderly or the infirm cannot come into direct contact with the appliance, please use a safety fireguard.
Modern open plan properties should benefit more with a Convection Stove. The stove is built in such a way as the air is drawn in at the base of the stove which is much heavier and cooler and rises up through the stove, this lighter warmer air moves upwards and a cycle is created moving the air around the room/area to be heated, the same way a radiator works. Convection stoves are not as hot to touch as they are mostly double skinned except the front of the stove and the glass. Convection Stoves are generally easier to live with, however the marketplace also has a combination of radiant and convection stoves in the same appliance, probably the perfect combination. Some modern stoves have a fan built into the appliance enabling the air to be distributed to other areas/rooms via a ducting system.woodburners, Multifuel, Airtight Stoves, Inserts and Pellet Stoves sections