Resolve to Embrace the Stove Lifestyle in 2019

26 Dec

Making New Year’s resolutions generally results in failure, unfortunately – it’s estimated that around 80% of these pledges will fall by the wayside in the first four weeks. But investing in a wood burning, multi fuel or pellet burning stove is a resolution that’s truly worth making.

Hunter Herald 14 Double SidedWe believe that when you buy a wood burning stove and you choose to manage the fuel supply yourself, the wood warms you three times over. First of all, there’s the physical effort required to cut the logs. Then, you have to carry the wood and stack it in your storage area – that’s warm work. Who needs a gym membership?

Finally, there’s the fantastic heat the stove gives off as you’re relaxing after a long, hard day. You can’t ask for a greater reward than that.

Looking to save money to take that trip of a lifetime? The economic benefits of having a wood burning, pellet burning or multi fuel stove are significant. For a start, if you’re carrying out restoration work on your property here in France, you could qualify for financial assistance from the Government. If the work is improving your property’s energetic performance and efficiency, you can claim a tax credit: Crédit d’Impôt Transition Energetique.

The credit is worth 30% of your expenditure on a stove so, chat to us about how to make sure you qualify. Who knows, you might even save enough money to buy that gym membership too!

Once your new stove is installed, you’ll then be saving money by no longer using gas or electricity to heat your space.

We’ve sold and installed hundreds of stoves across France, which means we can advise you on how to choose the right stove for your home. So, make a New Year’s resolution to embrace the stove lifestyle and you can look forward to a brighter, warmer 2019.

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Let your Stove Warm Hearts this Christmas

24 Dec

Christmas Day is nearly upon us and anyone who hasn’t installed a stove in their home is missing out on a real festive treat.

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The fabulous warmth, nostalgic smell and delightful sight of flames dancing in a wood burning stove take the Christmas atmosphere to a whole new level. When you gather the family around a stove to enjoy the festivities, the stove becomes part of the celebration. Regardless of whether you choose a wood burning, multi fuel or pellet burning stove, Christmas really isn’t Christmas without one.

Although it can be tempting to adorn an attractive stove area with stockings and other decorations, stay safe and keep combustible materials well away from the heat. However, there are lots of other ways in which your stove can get involved in the festive fun.

As well as making any room deliciously cosy, stove tops are great for warming your mince pies, keeping the chill off your mulled wine or making sure the casserole stays hot while you enjoy a last-minute snowball fight.

For another traditional seasonal treat, you can use them to roast chestnuts. In fact, don’t throw away those discarded shells – save them and use them the next day to help start your new fire. Chestnut shells are great as firelighters and the smell they give off is lovely.

To add more festive fragrances to your stove, try foraging in the garden or undercover areas for other woody material you can add to the fire. As long as they’re completely dry, things like pine cones will get your blaze going well and add their own distinct aroma of the great outdoors.

We’d like to wish all our customers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We look forward to helping you make more warm memories in 2019.

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All I want for Christmas is a warm and cosy house

27 Nov

Having installed hundreds of wood burning, pellet burning and multi fuel stoves across France, we firmly believe that a stove is the best present you could buy for your home and family this year.

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Let’s face it, when it comes to festive cheer, it’s hard to beat the look and feel of a wood burning stove or similar. With a glowing fire spreading warmth throughout the room, stoves provide a stunning focal point. We offer a variety of styles for just about every size and type of room you could imagine, so you’re sure to find one that meets all your needs and exceeds your expectations.

The festive season is fun but can stretch the household budget. So, if you’re looking for energy bill savings, a stove is the gift that just keeps giving. Here in France, you can qualify for a tax credit, Crédit d’Impôt Transition Energetique, if you’re carrying out restoration work that improves your property’s energetic performance and efficiency. To be eligible, your stove must achieve a minimum energy efficiency of 70% – we have a huge selection of stoves whose efficiency ranges from over 70% up to an incredible 84.1%.

Choosing the right type of stove for your home is essential, but don’t be discouraged if you feel your room is either too large or too small to be suitable for a stove. Substantial, double-sided wood burning stoves can effectively heat even very big spaces, while a compact pellet-burner – with easy storage for the fuel pellets – are a great option for a more intimate home.

By making an informed choice based on expert advice and employing professional installers, you can make your Christmas wish for a beautiful heating solution come true this year.

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Don’t Let Condensation Put a Dampener on Your Home

20 Nov

When you’re thinking about heating your property, condensation is unlikely to be at the forefront of your mind. But even a roaring fire giving off lots of warmth from a wood burning, pellet burning or multi fuel stove is not immune to problems with moisture.

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Burning any kind of fuel will result in some amount of water vapour being formed. This isn’t generally an issue if the water remains as vapour until it leaves your flue system, which is achieved by keeping the flue gases at the highest possible temperature until they exit your chimney. But if the vapour cools too soon and forms moisture on the inside of your system, that can present a problem eventually.

Older homes may be more at risk of condensation, due to earlier, less energy efficient stoves and furnaces requiring a larger chimney area because they tended to lose so much heat. Today’s more efficient stoves direct more heat into the home, which means the smaller amount of warm air going up the chimney will often cool before it reaches the top of the stack.

The reason this is a problem is because sulphur compounds in flue gases and sulphates in the brickwork produce moisture that is acidic. Over time, this moisture will attack brickwork and cement joints, or even seep through the brickwork, causing stains, mortar corrosion and other damage.

Burning only dry, well-seasoned wood will help to reduce condensation, but the most important thing is to get your stove and chimney liner installed by professional experts like us. It’s essential that flue pipe and concrete and clay liner joints, as well as twin wall flexible liners, are fitted in the correct direction, something of which DIY installers may not be aware.

So, don’t take the risk – ask our advice today on how to chase condensation away.

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Annual services are essential for pellet burning stoves

29 Oct

In France, owners of stoves need to have their chimneys swept twice per year and we always take this opportunity to give our clients’ stoves a service at the same time.

Diadema Idro pellet stovePerforming regular maintenance on wood burning or multi fuel stoves is a good idea, because there are parts of the stove that even the most conscientious owner might miss during day to day cleaning.

For example, the baffle plate at the top of the stove can become dirty and this can affect the stove’s ability to draw. During a service, we also check that all the rope seals and glass gaskets are in good condition. If the stove is not gas-tight because the seals need replacing, it will affect how well you can control the stove. By pulling in more air than it should, the stove may burn fuel faster than you prefer.

So, it’s certainly desirable to have your wood burning or multi fuel stove serviced regularly. However, if you own a pellet burning stove, annual services are essential to ensure the stove continues to function efficiently and safely.

Pellet burning stoves feature sensors that monitor everything about the stove, such as temperatures, the way the stove is drawing and carbon monoxide levels. During the hustle and bustle of everyday life, stove owners may only have time to give them a basic clean, so the sensors don’t always receive proper attention. If the sensors start to become dirty, they can malfunction and this could result in the stove shutting down entirely. Not something you want to happen on a cold winter’s night!

Annual services are required to make sure that the warranty on your pellet burning stove remains valid. So, talk to us about booking your next chimney sweep and ask about an annual service too.

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