What's the difference between a suspended stove and a hanging fire?

The conundrum

Our EyeFire suspended stove has three glass front panels, the central one of which is a side-opening door, which encloses the fire and offering greater efficiency and air control. 

When is a suspended stove not a stove, but really a hanging fire? There's a joke in there somewhere. The terms may seem interchangeable, especially when you consider a traditional hearth space. But in theory, at least, they have key differences that are particularly noticeable when you consider suspended stoves and hanging fires. 

The technical bit

The main differences between a suspended stove and a hanging fire is the door and baffle plate. Baffled? 

A stove is a 'closed appliance' - a fire chamber that is sealed when the door is closed. So basically a stove with no door is a fire? Well, that's true, but there's more to it. A fire cannot be a stove just by adding a door. A stove has to have a baffle plate to regulate the flow and removal of smoke. A fire typically has minimal or no baffle, to aid quicker flow and removal of smoke to prevent it leaving the fire and entering your home when lit. 

Which is better?

There really is no competition between the two as they both have such different functions and feels. A suspended stove can look fantastic with its door open, check out our FireBob model to see how effectively this can work. A hanging fire enables you to experience the fire with the senses - clearer sight of the flames and embers, a more audible crackle of the wood, more noticeable smell the wood smoke and feel of the fire's gentle warmth. Whereas with a suspended stove the benefits include greater fuel efficiency and burn control with adjustable air flow.