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We have revamped our stove accessories section

We have revamped our stove accessories section

After speaking to a number of customers we have decided to revamp our stove accessories section to make it much easier. Historically, all stove accessories were categorised into different brands which made it difficult to filed alternatives to some branded accessories. Therefore, we have now separated each product into four basic categories at the moment with many more to follow. So, whether you are looking to replace a stove accessory or perhaps looking at something for Christmas, there are many different items to choose from.

Stove fans

We have an array of different stove fans from the simple two blade stove fan Stove fanup to the four blade stove fan. While many people may not have heard of stove fans, there are extremely simple and they can be extremely effective. So how do they work?

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Buy: Hunter Herald 6 Double-Sided Double Depth Stove

Step-by-step guide to cleaning your cast iron stove

While there are many different types of stoves available today, made from many different materials, old-fashioned cast iron stoves are still extremely popular. This is because the material is perfect for storing and then slowly radiating heat throughout your room over a prolonged period of time. However, unless you clean your cast iron stove on a regular basis you will see a buildup of residue which can impact the efficiency as well as the amount of fuel required.

We have put together a step-by-step guide to cleaning your cast iron stove, the do’s, the don’ts and ways in which you can increase efficiency and improve the longevity of your stove.

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How to light a wood-burning stove

How to light a wood-burning stove

Those who have not yet had the chance to light a wood-burning stove might automatically think it is very easy. Throw in a few logs, the odd fire lighter and hey presto you have a bonfire in seconds. Keep throwing on those big logs and you will create that perfect ambience, that deep seated heat and be able to sit back and relax. In practice it is very different although it is just a case of getting used to what feeds your fire and what starves your fire. So, we will now take a look at the process of lighting a wood-burning stove and the dos and don’ts.

What do you need to light a wood-burning stove?

Surprisingly, the real key (but not the secret ingredient) to lighting a wood-burning stove is the kindling, how you light it, where you position it and ensuring that it is able to light the larger logs. However, there are other elements that you will need with the full list below:-

Firelighters

There are many different types of firelighters you can buy some of which are specifically manufactured for stoves. They are often wood byproducts and do not contain the nasty chemicals that many firelighters burnt in the past. It is also possible to make your own firelighters which may be something as simple as small strips of newspaper. However, to get the right hold, to build up the right heat and get things going, manufactured firelighters work best.

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We have revamped our stove accessories section

When should you start using your wood-burning / multifuel stove?

The first thing to say is there is no set time/period during which you should use your wood-burning/multifuel stove. There are a lot of factors to consider with the most obvious being the weather. Due to climate warming, changing seasons or simply cyclical temperature changes across the globe, the start, end and duration of stove firing season has changed lately. So, when is it most popular to start using your wood-burning/multifuel stove?

September appears to be the most popular month

We carried out a straw poll on the Arbtalk forum and while only a small number of members responded, we found that around 67% of those who use stoves will start to light up again in September. This is when the summer comes to an end and the autumn begins with a significant change in weather, temperature and wind. As you will see below, there have been some significant variations in British monthly temperatures which tend to dictate when wood-burning/multifuel stoves are brought out of hibernation!

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Review: Firefox 8.1 Wood-Burning and Multifuel Stove

Compare and contrast wood, multifuel, gas and electric stoves

For the last few years there has been a significant increase in demand for gas and electric stoves. Only just now are many people learning of the significant advances in technology and the design of gas and electric stoves. We have companies such as Hunter Stoves utilising their award-winning wood-burning/multifuel stove designs in the gas and electric ranges. However, have you stopped to think of the individual pros and cons of wood/multifuel, gas and electric stoves?

Wood-burning/multifuel stoves

You will no doubt have heard much about the pros and cons of wood-burning/multifuel stoves in recent times. The government is attempting to discuss these heating options with the likes of open coal fires which are significantly less efficient. So, let’s take a look at the pros and cons of wood/multifuel stoves.

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Artic SleepSafe Carbon Monoxide Alarm

Best-selling carbon monoxide meters

There is no doubt that progress has been made with regards to carbon monoxide meters and their role in the stove installation process. It is now illegal to install a stove without a carbon monoxide meter and we can only speculate at the number of lives this has already saved. For those not aware of carbon monoxide, this is an odourless and colourless gas which can literally kill.

What does carbon monoxide do to the body?

Exposure to excessive levels of carbon monoxide will have an impact on the lives of healthy and unhealthy people. In simple terms, carbon monoxide reduces the amount of oxygen carried around the body by the haemoglobin in red blood cells. As oxygen is vital for the brain, heart, nervous tissues and other vital organs, this can cause serious complications.

Levels in excess of 2.5% carbon monoxide in haemoglobin will begin to have a noticeable impact on an individual’s health. Small increases in carbon monoxide levels in the body will see a person having trouble concentrating, becoming clumsy as if they are drunk and a feeling of excessive tiredness. As the levels begin to rise, up to 40%, this will impact the vital organs of the body. Those with heart disease will be at greater risk of a heart attack and children/unborn babies are at particular risk because they are still growing and developing.