Making sure its not too hot in the room

As well as the making sure your new stove will physically fit into its new home, it is important to consider that the stove’s output is sufficient for the room. You should also ensure that it is not too large for the room, as this can cause just as many problems as a stove that is too small.

A stove that is too small for the room will not be powerful enough to heat the room adequately, on the other hand, if you have a stove that is too large it will need constant attention to keep the temperature down. A result of this is the combustion within the stove will not be complete and you will quickly have a build-up of soot not just on the glass, but up the chimney as well. With this in mind, when calculating the required output, a slightly greater output should be considered (no more than 1.5kW), as there will be a greater need for rapid heating in the long dark cold months of winter. Read more

We love our stoves

Sales of stoves continue to increase month on month as the UK public look for ways to reduce their heating bills.

Whether you’re the proud owner of a shiny new stove, or your thinking to install one, there are a few things that you need to know to really get the most out of that heating machine in the fireplace.

 Don’t burn water

This is the most fundamental thing to get right when you’re burning wood. It might be surprising, but green wood is around 45% water. That means that for every kg of green wood you add to the fire, you’re effectively adding around 500ml (a pint) of water. This means that you will need to make sure that your fuel has been dried properly. There are a few ways of doing this, but the simplest are as follows. Read more

Getting the best from your wood burner

A modern wood burner is virtually carbon neutral when using current burn technology. High-quality wood emits less CO2 when burned than it does with natural decay, so with correctly installed stoves producing emissions of only 0.008 kg CO2 per kWh – compared to 0.198kg for gas, and 0.517kg for electricity – wood provides an attractive alternative to gas and electricity for heating the home.

Design and technology has moved forward dramatically over the past ten years, with the introduction of controlled secondary and tertiary combustion and improved baffle arrangements.

A wood burning stove should be given serious consideration when selecting a heating method for your home. Read more

Sales boom in the UK wood burning stove market

Sales of wood burning stoves are increasing year on year but this year has seen exceptional growth with to date a 29.4% growth compared to the same period last year.

The UK has been in the grip of some very bad weather and the experts say there is plenty more to come.

When you look at the facts, the figures are not that surprising especially as traditional heating costs seem to be increasing daily. The increases we are told are down to the looming Brexit talks and the weaker pound so if this is the case will they ever reduce?

Homeowners have responded to these increases by looking for alternative forms of heating and a log burner is very high on the wish list. Read more