Want to make your home warmer this winter?

A wood burning stove can be installed virtually anywhere in your home, providing there is a way to run a vent pipe to the outside of the house. This means you can zone-heat any room or space. Heating bills continue to rise seemingly on a monthly basis, so this would a good time to have a look at the alternatives.

Wood stoves have various benefits and if you install one the set-up costs will very quickly be returned. The only cost once installed is the wood you will burn, now just imagine if you could get a supply free! You may have a public woodland close by that could provide the fuel for you winter warmth.

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

Helping you keep much warmer in 2020

If you have a log burning stove you will no doubt see the full benefit this form of heating has to offer.

One very big mistake stove owners make is not using correctly matured timber to burn, damp logs can be dangerous and cause chimney fires. Nothing will cause your stove to function less efficiently than to fill it with green wood, so to avoid the problem you should begin the seasoning process in the early spring if you want your wood to be ready by the next winter.

If you plan to use any wood that is larger than normal, you will need to set it out to dry even earlier than that. Essentially, you should be harvesting your wood about a year and a half in advance of when you actually plan to burn it.

Seasoning.

Wood being dried should be stacked in open areas under cover where it will be exposed to the sun and the wind. If you put it in a shed, garage, or outdoors in the shade, you will inhibit the seasoning process significantly. Having said this if you are buying pre-seasoned wood from a supplier then any form of dry storage will normally be fine. Read more

New year resolution – upgrade your heating and reduce your bills

Wood-burners have risen in popularity for the last ten years as more homes discover the benefits and beauty they have to offer.

Important to note:

One benefit that always goes un-noticed is how the value of your home will increase after you have installed the burner. Ask any estate agent and they will tell you a home with a wood stove that has been professionally installed (HETAS registered) is far more desirable than one without. The value of your home could increase by as much as £10000. Read more

Gas & Electricity prices rising again

As we all know energy prices keep on going up and this is without doubt is causing problems for many households. The problem is this situation could well continue for the foreseeable future as the pound remains weak and the Brexit talks continue. So, ask your self is it time to explore the alternatives?

If the answer is yes have a very serious look into a wood burning stove.

Wood burning stoves are getting rave reviews and are now a very serious alternative to any other form of secondary heating. Households up and down the country are looking for cheaper alternatives due to the frantically rising traditional energy supplies. Wood burners come in all shapes and colours these days and will enhance any household.

A professionally installed stove could even increase the value of your property.

If you decide this is for you it is vitally important to have the appliance installed professionally for safety and insurance purposes. Read more

Are you considering a wood stove?

If you are thinking of installing a wood burner in your home like so many others, here are a few things you will need to keep in mind whilst making your choice.

If you have a new stove installed it’s likely to increase the value of your property due to the current demand but, very important, it must be fitted by a registered installer.

Use a registered installer

The installation of a wood burner must comply with building regulations and the easiest way to do this is to use a qualified fitter.

HETAS-registered installers deal with wood, solid-fuel and biomass domestic heating appliances and can self-certify that their work complies with building regulations, so it’s safe and legal. Read more

Efficient, safe and elegant

A lot of people tend to install without seeking professional advice, this is fine, but if you want to get total efficiency do seek advice from a qualified (HETAS registered) fitter.

One thing is for sure, if you have a stove fitted and you are selling your property the buyer is likely to want to see a certified certificate for the installation of the stove.

A professionally fitted wood burning stove can save you hundreds on annual fuel bills but do make sure your new heating machine is suitable for your home.

Homes with a certified fitted wood stove can be worth a lot more money when selling, also bear in mind some insurance companies will not accept the risk unless the stove has been professionally fitted. Read more

Which stove is for you?

Wood burning stoves bring the rich scent of burning wood and the cosy crackle of a warm fire to indoor living spaces. When shopping for a wood burning stove, you can choose from just a few common materials, including traditional cast iron and more modern steel units.

Consider factors such as maintenance, appearance, construction and operation when comparing these materials to narrow your selection and find the right model for your home.

It is highly recommended to speak to a qualified fitter who can explain all the pros and cons of each metal. Read more

Centre of attraction

Log burners make great focal points for interiors, they are cleaner and more efficient than open fireplaces, and can even save you money on your heating bills. Interested? If you’re dreaming of installing one as the winter chill sets in, you’re in good company – 195,000 are installed each year in the UK alone.

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 (as a rule of thumb, 1kW of heat output for every 14 cubic metres of space is needed to make your room 21C when it’s 1C outside).

Wood burners are a great way of bringing the comfort of a real fire into your home, even if you don’t have a vast amount of space. Just remember if you have already got a fireplace and chimney installing a new wood stove will be much less and the heat loss saving will be very noticeable. Read more