Month: September 2017

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Stovax View 7 Inset Boiler Stove

As the cost of household energy continues to rise so we have seen an increase in demand for boiler stoves. The ability to create your own home water and heat your home under the umbrella of “environmentally friendly technology”, together with the cost savings, are starting to have a major impact on consumer spending patterns. The View 7 Inset Boiler Stove is the latest in a range of boiler stoves from Stovax which are extremely easy to fit, take up minimal ground space and use the latest combustion technology. It is not difficult to see by demand for this particular product is strong but what exactly does it have to offer?

View 7 Inset Boiler Stove features

As you will see from the images, the View 7 Inset Boiler Stove is inset into the wall leaving maximum free floorspace. The 5 mm heavy duty steel body ensures longevity and excellent value for money and a cast iron airtight door ensures that every element of heat created is used correctly. The installation of the View 7 Inset Boiler Stove involves a brick liner system to maximise the safety of the product and traditional safety elements such as the CO2 emitter are installed as standard. It is also worth noting that the stove operates at a maximum 30,000 Btu’s. Then, we get onto the benefits of the View 7 Inset Boiler Stove as a traditional stove!

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Dovre Rock 500 Stove

Dovre Rock 500 Wood Burning Stove

Whether you’re looking for contemporary or traditional wood-burning stoves there is no doubt you are spoilt for choice today. Whatever your budget, whatever style you’re looking for and whatever the level of heat output required, there will be something for you. However, in the midst of the often crowded contemporary stove market has emerged the Dovre Rock 500 wood burning stove, a stove we think is worth taking a second (third and fourth!) look at.

The look of a Dovre Rock 500 wood-burning stove

Dovre Rock 500 Stove
Look at the Dovre Rock 500 Stove

In an age where cylindrical, square and traditional shaped wood-burning stoves are still flying off the shelves, it is a relief to see the likes of Dovre looking away from the crowd towards something very different. As soon as you see an image of the Dovre Rock 500 wood-burning stove you will know exactly what we mean!

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Varde Lincoln wood-burning stove

Varde Lincoln wood-burning stove

The Varde Lincoln wood-burning stove (also available as a multifuel stove) is a little similar in shape and size to the popular Hwam wood-burning stoves. The cylindrical shape, extended viewing area and the general look and feel of the stove bode well for traditional or contemporary style decor. While there is no doubt that traditional wood-burning stoves, with their solid square shape, continue to sell extremely well, there is also no doubt demand for more contemporary and more adventurous stove designs is growing. So, the Varde Lincoln wood-burning stove is placed right in the middle of this particular range and we are sure it will do very well.

Technical aspects

As we touched on above, while the Varde Lincoln wood-burning stove version is more popular, there is also a multifuel option. Classed as contemporary in style it has dimensions of height 1000 mm, width 510 mm and a depth of 450 mm.

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

What is a flue liner and what does it do?

If you begin to look at the installation of a wood-burning or multifuel stove you will come across the term “flue liner”. It is a vital element of any stove installation and while frequently mentioned many people are still not fully aware of what a flue liner does. In simple terms it is a clay, ceramic or metal “pipe” inside the chimney which extracts gases created during the combustion process and releases them into the atmosphere. They can seem relatively expensive but as we will cover in this article, they are a vital safety element.

Dangerous chimneys

Over the years there have been various surveys carried out across the UK with regards to the safety of old-fashioned chimneys. Many have seen deterioration in their safety and it got to such a point that unlined chimneys were often described as “little less than criminal”. This prompted a significant change in the building regulations and today things are very different. Safety is paramount, new regulations offer new protections and those looking to install wood-burning and multifuel stoves need to be HETAS qualified or the installation signed off by local authority building control departments.

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Common mistakes when installing a wood-burning stove

With more and more people looking at installing a wood-burning stove in their homes it is perhaps time to look at common mistakes in this area. While the regulations are perfectly clear we have seen occasions where people installing stoves have tried to cut corners and cut costs to the detriment and potential safety of the customer. You would automatically assume in this day and age that installers would stick rigidly to the regulations although unfortunately this is not always the case.

Combustible materials

The register plate is a vital element of any stove installation because it is literally a failsafe mechanism which will stop leaked gases from entering your room. It is also there to collect any debris which may fall down your chimney to the potential detriment of your stove and your safety. While the vast majority of stove installations will have a flue liner as standard there will be occasions where there is no flue liner. In the event of gas leaks it is imperative that the register plate, commonly made of steel, is secure.

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Wood-burning stoves, maximising heat output

Should the UK government incentivise the use of wood-burning stoves?

Whether or not you believe the UK government should further incentivise the use of wood-burning stoves, this is certainly a growing industry. The difference between traditional energy costs and fuel for wood-burning stoves (and multifuel stoves) continues to grow. However, there is a growing opinion that the UK government should do more to incentivise the use of wood-burning stoves.

Wood fuel subsidy

Before we begin to look at potential ways the UK government could help the wood-burning stove industry, it is worth noting that wood for stoves attracts a reduced VAT rate of just 5%. Historically there have also been tax advantages for those maintaining forestry although these are nowhere near as generous today as they were in years gone by. So, the UK government is doing something to assist the wood-burning stove industry but surely more could be done?