Category: Stove Advice & Maintenance

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Coronavirus Update

Coronavirus: Important Update 26th March 2020

As you will be aware, in light of recent government advice we closed our showroom in order to protect our staff and customers. At this moment in time we are still taking orders (over the telephone and online) and despatching within 48-hours where possible. However, a number of our suppliers have begun a controlled shutdown of their operations.

As a consequence, we envisage delays in orders where the items are not held on site and need to be requested from our supplies. Obviously, any outstanding orders of this nature will be dispatched as soon as possible. Where we have items on site these will be delivered in the normal manner as the postal services are classed as key and still operating as normal. It is highly likely that we will soon be closing our offices and working remotely, taking orders online and answering any queries you may have. This side of the business will be unaffected by the coronavirus lockdown.

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Coronavirus update: Business as usual – Keep those fires burning!

Coronavirus update: Business as usual – Keep those fires burning!

It is safe to say that the coronavirus is presenting a number of challenges to businesses and the wider society. At this moment in time these challenges are having no material impact upon our business operations and we don’t envisage any significant issues in the short to medium term. You may well have seen our recent update on Facebook.

Facebook update

In order to ensure the well-being of staff and customers we respectfully request those with coronavirus symptoms to refrain from visiting our showroom at this moment in time. We appreciate this may be inconvenient but it is still business as usual and we can be contacted by a variety of means such as:-

Phone: 01706 813393

Email: sales@bowlandstoves.co.uk

WhatsApp/Text: 07497 156 922

We will publish updates as and when applicable.

Thanking you in anticipation,

Bowland Stoves

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Top 10 most popular stove information/maintenance blog posts

Over the last few years we have written many different blog post covering regulations, maintenance, new stoves and an array of different advice. The recent announcement that the UK government is to ban wet wood fuel highlighted the popularity and importance of some of our recent and historic posts. So, we thought it would be useful to put together a list of the top 10 most popular stove information/maintenance blog posts.

1.    What is a stove baffle plate and why might it need replaced?

This has been our most popular blog post by a long way and highlights the importance of stove baffle plates. The best way to describe a stove baffle plate is a shield at the top of the fire chamber which deflects heat back into the combustion chamber. This ensures that as much heat as possible builds up within your stove and is then radiated throughout your room in a controlled manner.

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No ban on wood-burning stoves, repeat no ban on wood-burning stoves

No ban on wood-burning stoves, repeat no ban on wood-burning stoves

We thought it best to get the main headline across in response to the disgraceful reporting of the government’s “wet wood ban” by some areas of the UK media. Those who follow our blog will be aware we have written about the pitiful standard of reporting when it comes to wood-burning stoves and air pollution. So, rather than publish an article of our opinion let us take a look at the truth behind the headlines.

Is there a UK wide ban on wet wood on the way?

Before we dig deeper into the misleading headlines regarding the use of wood-burning stoves going forward, this simple headline shows the poor standard of reporting. This is not a UK wide ban on wet wood; it is a ban in England which will come into force next year for large manufacturers of wood and in 2022 for smaller manufacturers. The Welsh and Scottish governments are currently in middle of their own consultation period and will announce their findings fairly soon.

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5 simple ways to make your stove more efficient

To the naked eye wood-burning and multifuel stoves look like very sturdy and very strong units. The truth is that they are extremely strong and long-lasting but there are still ways in which you can make them more efficient and also extend their life. We hear many examples of stove enthusiasts cleaning their machines once a year only to find damage, rust and other problems. Repair and maintenance is an ongoing process and you should carry out regular checks throughout the year.

Clean your glass

The modern day wood-burning/multifuel stove is fitted with an airwash system which ensures that the glass viewing area is clear at all times. This not only enhances the experience of those in the room but it also extends the life of your glass – removing particles which can cause damage. If for some reason your glass begins to go cloudy, perhaps the airwash system is not having the same impact then it may be time to clean the glass manually. It is advisable to use specialist cleaning product but many people also find that a newspaper dipped in malt vinegar is just as good. Under no circumstances use abrasive material to clean your glass, this will cause long-term damage.

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Stoves just for the houses…Think again

Stoves just for houses…Think again

The chances are that 99.9% of the images you see regarding wood-burning stoves relate to a house. You can very quickly appreciate the ambience, the atmosphere and the relaxed feel about the place. However, did you know there are numerous other locations in which both wood-burning and multifuel stoves are very popular?

We will now take a look at some of the more obvious and perhaps less obvious locations for that wood-burning stove.

Barges

The barge stove market is a lot bigger than many people would ever imagine. Stove manufacturer Morso has proven to be extremely popular amongst barge owners creating a very lucrative niche market. It would appear that the size and the power of some of the relatively small Morso stoves make a perfect fit for that barge home.

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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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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?