Fireplaces

Gas Fireplaces: Pros and Cons

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When it comes to a stove or fireplace, there are many options to consider. Whilst gas fireplaces are cleaner, they can give a bit of an artificial feel. Gas fireplaces have changed a lot since their introduction in the 1960’s, so to help you decide if they are right for you, here are a few pros and cons. Pros • Low running cost- using gas to heat your home is relatively cheap, cheaper than using electricity, and is less of a hassle than buying/storing logs. • Good source of heat- gas fires can proved up to 6kW of heat output, about three times as much as electric fires. • Efficiency- gas can be up to 90 percent efficient, depending on model. • No need for a Chimney- you can get […]

Stoves

Things to Consider When Buying a Wood Stove

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When considering the purchase of a wood stove there are a few things you need to keep in mind so that you purchase the one that will be fit for your space and produce the amount of heat you want. Questions to Ask Yourself What fuel should I burn? Coal and wood are the two main options for a stove. Coal will typically be the more expensive and less eco-friendly option as it produces more CO2 when burned. You will also need to consider which item is easily available to you, how you will store either option and if you live in a smoke-controlled area. Should I have a multi-fuel or wood only stove? As the names suggest, wood stoves will only burn wood or paper whereas the multi-fuel stove […]

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 […]

Firewood

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 […]

Stoves

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 […]