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ACR Neo 3C Electric Stove

New ACR Electric Stoves

It is very interesting to see the new range of ACR Electric stoves as the company continues to build on its very impressive product range. Even though it is common knowledge that electric stoves are not for everybody, we know that demand is growing as their popularity increases. Will they ever replace wood-burning/multifuel stoves? No, but they can be a very useful alternative for those with limited space who are looking for a decorative well-designed heating system.

Old style electric stoves still muddy the water

Despite the millions of pounds invested in electric stoves by an array of UK based companies, for many people the image of old three bar electric fires are ingrained in their mind. The reality is that the modern day electric stove is extremely stylish, very efficient and until you step up close it can be difficult to tell the difference compared to a wood, multifuel and gas stove. We know that electric stoves are not for everybody but the ongoing market trends indicate there is growing demand. If there is growing demand then companies such as ACR will look to satisfy the appetite of consumers.

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ACR Gas Stove

New ACR Gas Stoves

Over the last 20 years or so we have seen a significant increase in the number of wood-burning and multifuel stoves sold in the UK. This is a trend which is set to continue for some time to come and one which has also had a positive impact on the gas stove market. We now have well-known wood/multifuel stove companies such as ACR expanding their gas stove portfolio as demand continues to rise.

GAS STOVES and Common misconceptions

The gas stoves that we see today are very different to those of 20 years ago or even 10 years ago. When you consider the huge investment by companies such as ACR into their wood-burning/multifuel stoves it makes sense to replicate the design of these machines in their gas stove offerings. The reality is that it is highly unlikely that you would be able to tell the difference between a modern day wood-burning stove and its gas stove counterpart from a distance. While we appreciate that gas fuel is not available to all consumers this is a market which has come back to life like a phoenix rising from the (gas) flames.

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Five common mistakes when looking to buy a wood-burning stove

Five common mistakes when looking to buy a wood-burning stove

The idea of buying and installing a wood-burning stove is often romantic, seems relatively easy and straightforward. In reality there are a number of issues to consider before choosing the most appropriate stove other than cost. So, what are the most common mistakes made when looking to buy a wood-burning stove?

False economy

There is a saying “buy cheap, buy twice” which is very apt when buying a wood-burning stove. Very often first-time buyers are tempted to look towards the cheaper end of the market. That is not to say there are not some exceptional quality stoves at the lower end but there are also some which are not necessarily built to last.

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Five must have items if you own a wood-burning stove

Five must have items if you own a wood-burning stove

As the number of wood-burning and multifuel stoves continues to grow in the UK, it is worth knowing the five must have items for stove owners. While some of these items may seem decorative, they are still essential when considering your safety. So, what would you have as your top five items?

Carbon monoxide alarm

Carbon monoxide is not known as the “silent killer” for no reason. It is now illegal to install a stove without a carbon monoxide alarm such is their importance to safety. In this instance we are talking about carbon monoxide alarms in relation to wood-burning, and multifuel, stoves but they also prove useful for other appliances such as faulty gas boilers. How do they work?

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Five ways to keep your stove glass as clean as possible

Five ways to keep your stove glass as clean as possible

For those with a wood-burning stove one of the main attractions is the ability to watch the flickering flames and the burning embers. There is nothing quite like the relaxing image of a glowing wood-burning stove and the slow burning deep heat which fills the room. However, to get the best out of your wood-burning stove you need to ensure that your stove glass is clear at all times.

Here are some interesting and in some ways innovative ways in which you can keep your stove glass as clean as possible. However, remember, never use abrasive materials/products on your stove glass and always clean with gentle circular motions.

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Why are Ecodesign stoves so important?

Why are Ecodesign stoves so important?

If you have looked into the stove industry of late you will no doubt have come across the subject of Ecodesign and Ecodesign ready stoves. This is an EU program to reduce emissions and allow consumers to recognise eco-friendly/highly efficient stoves at a glance. In the UK the Stove Industry Alliance (SIA) is pushing for all future stoves to be Ecodesign compliant as a means of protecting the industry going forward. The SIA has also released a new logo to recognise Ecodesign compliant stoves.

What difference will Ecodesign stoves make?

Well, the first thing to say is that particle matter emissions from Ecodesign stoves will be 55% lower than their DEFRA equivalent. If you recall, DEFRA was the leading light regarding more eco-friendly stoves in the UK so this is a significant development. The ability to reduce particle matter emissions to such an extent will help combat health issues such as asthma going forward.

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The impact of a wood-burning stove on heating bills

The impact of a wood-burning stove on heating bills

As you will expect, we are asked many questions by customers looking to buy wood-burning stoves which of course we welcome. One of the most popular questions relates to how using a wood-burning stove might impact a customer’s heating bills. In reality, the impact that a woodburner may have on your heating bills will depend upon a variety of different issues.

Energy Saving Trust

The Energy Saving Trust is a well-respected body which has access to in-depth information regarding energy use across the UK. The simple advice from this body is that installing a wood-burning stove can reduce your energy bills by 10%. The situation will vary from customer to customer, from area to area with a lot of emphasis on how the machine is used.