Siting your new stove is very important

The type of wood burner you choose can impact where you can safely place the stove in your home. Steel stoves often feature double-wall construction, which means they can be placed closer to a wall than other types of stoves. The double-wall construction helps to prevent heat from spreading, which protects surrounding surfaces from damage or fire. Cast iron stoves, on the other hand, require more clearance space for safety, and should not be placed near a wall or other furnishings.

As you can see there are plenty of important decisions to make when selecting your new stove. If you would like assistance please do contact us and one of our (HETAS registered) advisers will be happy to help. Read more

Wood burning stove, what actually is it?

A wood burning stove is simply a home appliance that is used to heat the home. It is usually made of a metal such as cast iron or steel and generates heat by burning wood fuel in an enclosed fire chamber.

They can be placed in most rooms of a house and need to allow fumes and gases to be drawn away from the room and out through flue.

Wood burners have been around for many years but have risen in popularity in recent times due to their efficiency and low running costs. Read more

Wood burning stove questions answered

The first question you might ask is “Why would I want to install and use a stove in the first place?”

There are plenty of benefits of using a wood stove for your home heating. The most obvious is the cleanliness of burning wood, which gives off less particulate matter and is a renewable resource, unlike gas-powered alternatives.

Another chief benefit is the cost efficiency as wood can cost a great deal less than electricity and gas, just imagine if you could find your own wood to burn at little or no cost! Not to mention a professionally installed stove can add value to your property, this fact is often missed but any estate agent will tell you it is a selling point.

There are some more peripheral benefits about heating your home with a wood-fuelled stove. Wood burning stoves can be used as additional cooking surfaces in your home, perfect for warm cocoa on cold winter days. They also have the added bonus of saving you money on other utilities, like electricity.

There’s a certain appeal to a wood stove as well, a timeless charm that brings back special memories. Nothing is cosier than to come home to after a long day spent outside in the cold. Read more

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