Stoves

How Often Should You Clean Your Wood Stove?

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Wood stoves are the closest thing and excellent alternative to having a fireplace in your house. It can not be denied that a fire gives a warm, relaxing and cosy feeling during the winter months but with the use of your wood stove comes the necessity to clean it out. How often should cleanings be done and what are some tips to keeping your stove cleaner? 1. It is recommended that a fortnightly or monthly cleaning schedule be developed. 2. The more often the stove is being used, the more frequent the regular cleanings should happen. 3. To keep your stove cleaner, only burn dry wood and avoid wood that is varnished or painted. 4. Also do not put rubbish in your stove, like an empty crisp packet. 5. Be […]

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Best Wood to Burn in Your Stove

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Every wood is different in the way it burns and to fully enjoy the benefits of your wood stove, it is important to use the best wood for creating a long-lasting flame with good heat output. The Six Best Woods: 1. Ash (Fraxinus)- is thought to be the very best wood to burn and can even burn when green, although you get the best results when ash is dry, as is true with most any other wood. 2. Beech (Fagus)- is another good burner but not whilst green as it has a much higher moisture content. It is pale cream in colour with a pink or brown hue. 3. Hawthorn (Crataegus)- has a slow burn rate and good heat output. 4. Rowan (Sorbus)- is similar to hawthorn and also known […]

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How to clean a wood stove

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A wood-burning stove is a fantastic fuel source for warming up your home but it does need to be regularly cleaned to ensure it remains as efficient and to extend its life span. A wood stove is often a focal point of a room and a dirty stove will make the room feel unclean. Its recommended that you clean your wood stove at least monthly when it is getting heavy usage. The first step will be to empty the ash from your stove. You will need to ensure that the ash is completely cool to avoid any fire risks. Start by using a shovel to carefully place the ash into a metal container, once you have removed it all store this outside of your home in a safe place and […]

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Top reasons to buy a multi-fuel stove There are so many reasons why people choose to buy multi-fuel stoves. We know that to cover every single possible reason can take all day, so we’ve compiled this article to detail some of the most common reasons, giving you a better idea on why they’re so popular. Choice of Fuels The great thing about a multi-fuel stove is that it will burn a variety of fuels, including wood, peat and coal. However, it’s important to note that wood is best burnt in dedicated wood-burning stoves, you’ll get better efficiency this way, so if you’re mainly going to be burning wood, why not consider a log burner? That said, with the recent soar in fuel prices, more and more people have decided to […]

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What makes a great wood stove?

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We’re sure one of the first words that comes to mind is ‘efficiency’. It’s true, efficiency is very important, no matter what stove you’re looking to buy, and there are many efficient wood-burning stoves and multifuel stoves available today. That said, there are plenty of other features that make for a great stove too. With contemporary log burners, they are generally rather sleek and minimal, but you can also discover traditional stoves that add classic character and charm to a room. different styles work better in different rooms. Size is also an important consideration. You may only want a nice little one which can comfortably heat a small room, that’s easy to clean and doesn’t require masses of wood to run. The bigger the stove is, the more wood needed […]