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Planning your stove purchase, installation and maintenance in the summer

Holiday cottages, wood-burning stoves and a great experience

There is no doubt that holiday cottages with wood-burning stoves attract much more traffic and much more custom. It is therefore no surprise to see that many holiday let landlords put wood-burning stoves front and central of their advertising campaigns. This prompts the question, why are wood-burning stoves so popular with holidaymakers?

Back to nature

Looking at a wood-burning stove for the first time it is difficult to guess the myriad of combustion technology under the surface. What may look traditional and rustic on the outside will contain systems which burn, re-burn and burn again all emissions. This has led to a significant increase in the efficiency of modern day wood-burning stoves while still managing to maintain that rustic, old world back to nature feel. So what else attracts holidaymakers to wood-burning stoves?

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HETAS challenges government report on emissions

HETAS challenges government report on emissions

Since the UK government issued a raft of reports suggesting that wood-burning stoves are the main source of particle of matter emissions (known as PM2.5) the industry has been fighting back. There are a number of common misconceptions regarding the wood-burning stove industry and emissions. We will now take a look at the HETAS commissioned report and some of the more common inaccuracies now seemingly associated with wood-burning stove emissions.

Huge increase in stove registrations

It is safe to say that there has been a huge increase in the number of wood-burning/multifuel stoves over the last few years. Indeed official figures by HETAS suggest that stove registrations increased from 12,000 a year back in 2004 up to 130,000 a year in 2014. This is a huge increase in stove registrations many of which will use the older technology which is not as environmentally friendly as those manufactured today.

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Arada Holborn Gas Medium Stove

Arada Holborn Gas Medium Stove

The best stove companies on the ones that are able to spot trends very quickly and introduce new products at a relatively early stage. So, when the Arada Holborn Gas Medium Stove was released it is fair to say that Arada were well aware of the changing trends and the growing popularity of gas stoves. The next challenge was to create a machine which effectively mimicked a wood burner/multifuel stove, giving the same look and feel, but was fuelled by gas. Tricky!

Step forward the Arada Holborn Gas Medium Stove

Even the merest of glimpses at the Arada Holborn Gas Medium Stove confirms this is a traditional machine with what is certainly an enlarged viewing area. We know that wood-burning/multifuel stove enthusiasts are mesmerised by extended viewing areas. So why should this be any different for a gas stove?

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What is the purpose of a firebrick?

What is the purpose of a firebrick?

If you have a wood-burning or multifuel stove you will no doubt have come across the term firebrick. You will probably have bought one, maybe even installed one yourself but what is the actual purpose of a firebrick? What do they do? Do they need replaced? What are the signs of wear and tear?

Protection and added heat

The key to the performance of firebricks is the fact that even under the most intense heat the outer surface always remains cool. If you take a look at your stove you will see that the firebricks are used to line the inner area of the firebox which is traditionally made of steel or cast iron. This prompts the question, if the firebox is made of such tough metal then why does it require the protection of firebricks?

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Why won’t my baffle plate sit properly?

Why won’t my baffle plate sit properly?

We regularly take phone calls from clients concerned why their baffle plate will not sit correctly in the stove or wondering why it is “wonky”. As we have touched on in our other articles about baffle plates – a stove baffle plate is positioned in one of the hottest areas of your machine. While made of extremely tough metal they can in certain circumstances begin to warp and in extreme cases you may find holes beginning to appear.

What causes warping of a baffle plate?

Even though this piece of equipment is placed in one of the hottest areas of your stove, it is built to last and it is built to take extreme heat. The problem is when users over fire their wood-burning stove thereby creating excessive heat which will eventually impact the dimensions of the stove baffle plate.

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Planning your stove purchase, installation and maintenance in the summer

Planning your stove purchase, installation and maintenance in the summer

At first glance the idea planning a stove purchase, installation or even maintenance of an existing machine in the summer might seem bizarre? Who uses a stove in the summertime? Why on earth would you even begin planning a purchase, installation or maintenance of an existing stove in the hot summer months? Well………………..

Planning ahead

Many people seem to assume that once you purchase a stove it can be installed immediately and hey presto, job done. The reality is very different, even the process of choosing a stove relevant to you is not easy. There are many factors to take into consideration such as:-

•    What kind of stove would fit your room?
•    What heat capacity do you require?
•    Are there restrictive regulations in your area?
•    Have you budgeted for the cost of installation?
•    Are you looking for a contemporary or traditional design?

These are relatively simple questions, but sometimes it is best to see them written down to focus your mind. It is highly advisable to approach your local stove retailer at the earliest opportunity so you are not wasting time looking at stoves when it may not be possible due to your building shape, size, etc.