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Energy Efficient Stoves

Energy Efficient Stoves.  Not only are wood stoves becoming more eco-friendly, but they’re also becoming a lot more efficient. This means that more heat is used to heat your home rather than being expelled up the chimney.

Many wood burners these days have an efficiency level of over 80%. This means that you’re not losing much heat at all. In fact only 20% is being lost through the chimney and the rest goes into making your home nice and toasty.

An open fire loses as much as 75-80% of the heat through the chimney. As such making them incredibly inefficient at heating homes.

Older stoves will also have a lower efficiency rating, So if you want to ensure you’re getting more heat into your home, then a new stove would be a wise move. Not only is a more efficient stove better for your wallet. You will be spending less on fuel, but it’s also better for the environment.

Very fast quality heating

The biggest advantage homeowners have with a wood burning stove is the quality of heat the burner will give off. Woods stoves operate on the principal of radiant heat. This warms an area faster and more efficiently than warm air being blown through a home’s vent system. Fitted in a central position in your home you will be amazed how the rest of your house suddenly gets a whole lot warmer. In turn you will reduce any other heating bills you may have. As the thermostat controlling your central heating remains off.

Can we help?

 If you would like assistance selecting and installing your new log burner, please get in touch and one of our qualified fitters (HETAS reg) will be happy to help.


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Heat Efficiency and Cost Effectiveness

Heat Efficiency and Cost Effectiveness.  Seasoned wood burns better than green wood, because it produces more heat and less creosote build-up in the fireplace and chimney.

Green or unseasoned wood, on the other hand, is hard to light and difficult to keep burning. If your wood smoulders and burns poorly with little heat, it’s probably green wood.

You can tell if wood is seasoned by looking at it. On the outside, seasoned wood probably looks grey and dusty from sitting around for a while. But on the inside, it’s often dry and white, usually lighter than on the outside. New wood, on the other hand, looks like it came fresh from the timber mill with the same colour throughout the wood.

Why are wood stoves 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.

Quality heating and far more comfortable

The biggest advantage homeowners have with a wood burning stove is the quality of heat the burner will give off. Wood stoves operate on the principal of radiant heat, which warms an area faster and more efficiently than warm air being blown through a home’s vent system. The powerful heat from a wood stove radiates from all sides of the unit as well as the top, sending warmth in all directions.

Can we assist?

If you would like help selecting and installing a new wood burning stove, please do make contact. We have fully qualified (HETAS) fitters and advisers waiting to take your enquiry.

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Air Controls on Woodburners

Air Controls on Woodburners. Following a lot of interest in last week’s news blog we expand on the air control system within you existing or new stove.

Wood burners have two main operating features which will help you make your stove very efficient indeed.

 Convection Air

Many log burners include a convection system. These are designed to distribute heat a lot more evenly around the room. The cool air within the room is drawn into the stove and as it begins to heat up, it rises before easing out into the room. This makes the entire space more enjoyable and comfortable. The hot air rising inside the stove draws more cool air into the stove, setting up a continuous flow. This ultimately means exceptional heating efficiency.

Primary Air

This is the air that’s drawn in. For most designs, and this is especially the case with classic log burners, the primary air enters through a control on the front. This can then be adjusted to modify the amount of air entering the firebox, which in turn allows you to decide on just how intense you want the fire to be, or not to be.

Wood stoves – Hardwood is a must for efficiency.

Season your wood for at least 24 months if freshly cut!!

Hardwoods are denser woods that burn hotter and longer than softwoods. As such you will need to let them season for up to 2 years.  Ash is an exception and can be burnt a bit earlier although the wood burns best when seasoned.

There is absolutely no point in burning unseasoned wood as you will be boiling water, and this is just inefficient and bad for the environment. Plus, your hard-earned money will be wasted.

You will find that hardwood is more expensive to purchase than softwood like pine and fir. But the hardwood burns longer so you’ll need less wood and in turn save money.

Can we help?

If you require assistance, please do make contact and one of our fully qualified (HETAS registered) fitters will be happy to help.


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Rising Demand

Rising Demand. Wood stoves keep gaining ground in cheaper heat.

Wood burning stove installations are increasing annually and over the last ten years we have seen huge strides towards solving environmental issues.

Usually at this time of year interest increases due to colder weather, but this year has seen unprecedented increases like never before.

Due to rising fuel bills homeowners are seeking alternative cost-effective heating options.

Wood burning stoves are a real alternative, these days they really do offer an impressive range of options to meet your home’s needs. Long gone are the days when wood burners were seen as an ugly and dirty heating source.

Air flow is crucial for economy and efficiency.

If you already own a woodstove, it is vital to check what setting you have the airflow for air in and air out.

Before you do anything else go to the internet and check the recommendations for your particular model. The wrong settings will result in extra cost, your logs will burn to quickly and give off less heat!!

 Help needed?

If you would like to explore your heating options, please do make contact and one of our qualified fitters (HETAS registered) will be happy to assist.