Keep your stove working efficiently

Wood burning stove maintenance and cleaning mostly consists of regular removal of the ashes which also boosts the stove’s efficiency. Occasional cleaning of the internal surfaces with a wire brush or scraper will also improve your stoves performance. You should always keep a close eye on potential problems such as holes in the ash pan, cracks, spots of rust on the finish and other unusual signs that may indicate damage.

It is also advisable to clean the glass on a regular basis because the longer you postpone the cleaning the harder is gets to remove the tar deposits. Always leave your stove to cool completely before you carry out any maintenance or cleaning chores.

In addition to keeping your stove clean inside and outside, be sure to have it inspected by a registered fitter at least once a year to make sure that everything is working perfectly. If there are any signs of damage such as cracks, leaks or warping, or if you have any problems with the stove have them repaired immediately. Read more

Records broken in 2018

Sales of wood burning stoves are increasing year on year but last year saw really exceptional growth with a massive 41% growth compared to the previous 12 months.

The increases are surely down to the looming Brexit situation and the weaker pound, with the weak pound any fuel imported costs a great deal more resulting in our heating bills increasing.

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

A wood burning stove not only looks good and performs to exceptional levels it can increase the value of your property. Read more

Wood burning stove sales reach new peaks

The sales of wood burning stoves have been rising for a good many years, but now sales are hitting all new levels. This year sales and installations to date are 58% higher than the same period last year. Increased sales are attributed to ever rising energy bills and the homeowner looking to reduce heating bills.

Wood burners also have other benefits including giving a room an ambience and correctly fitted could well increase the value of your property.

Stoves are more efficient

As great as open fires are they are not energy efficient and only give approximately 20% output. Wood burning stoves are much more efficient, at around 70-90%, so you get all the benefits of a real fire without most of your money going up the chimney! Read more

Select carefully and keep warmer

To enjoy using a log burner safely and responsibly, it’s important to do your research. Think first about the size of area that needs to be heated and the style of burner you would like. It’s a very good idea to check the size and cost of logs you’ll need and whether you can buy them locally. Please also remember you will require an area to store your logs, preferably outdoors and dry. Damp logs are simply no good for your burner and need to be air dried for at least 2 years, damp logs will cause soot build up and create extra cleaning.

Why are they so popular?

Wood-burners have become a sought-after design statement during the past decade.

They can provide a sense of charm and ambience to a property. Modern wood-burning stoves give your home that warm heart as you sit around with friends and family on winter evenings. Read more

What to look for when selecting your wood burner?

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.

As you are making a large investment within your home installing a new stove it really will pay to get expert help (HETAS registered) when selecting the stove to meet your needs. Read more