Do I need a fireguard for a wood burner?

20 Dec

Wood burning stoves have a lot to offer homeowners, not least the way in which they provide an opportunity for the whole family to gather around them for quality time on cold winter evenings. But one of the reasons some people may hesitate to get a wood burner is having young children in their household.

fire guards black steel no 2The good news is that, with a few simple steps, you can make your wood burner safe for family living. It’s good to also keep in mind that double sided wood burners offer you all the heat, ambiance and appeal of an open fire, but the flames are controlled within your beautiful stove.

Find the right fireguard for a wood burner

There is one really important thing you can do to ensure your wood burning stove is an entirely positive addition to your home: invest in a fireguard especially designed for the purpose. It is sometimes tempting to choose something overly ornate, but it could well prove flimsy and inadequate for its task. For example, a fireguard for double sided wood burners would need to protect the entire heat source properly. This requires a multi panel fireguard.

It needs to be made of substantial and appropriate materials, too, to provide the required level of heat distribution. Make sure your fireguard is installed correctly and is the right distance from your wood burning stove. Whatever type and style of fireguard for wood burner you choose, it should come with a guide on recommended distances.

Making the most of your wood burning stove safely

One of the other important things you can do to enjoy of the benefits of a wood burning stove is to set some ground rules for younger members of the household. Just as you would explain safety considerations about running on stairs or using sharp knives, information is key.

Some easy to understand instructions and cautions about touching or playing with your double sided wood burner need to be spelled out. It is worth revisiting these on a regular basis. For more information about helping to explain fire safety to children, try KidsHealth and the London Fire Brigade.

One method you could try is keeping a clear area around your fireguard for wood burner. That way, the luxurious heat can be felt to full effect, items around it don’t get damaged or too hot, and there is no temptation for young children to play too close.

As with all household safety, there is no reason why your family shouldn’t enjoy the comfort of your home, as long as they have the important facts – and as long as you you have invested in a well-made fireguard for wood burning stoves. To browse our lovely range of fireguard for wood burning stoves, click here, or for more information, you can get in touch with us today.

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Tips on cleaning your French wood burning stove

29 Nov

A French wood burning stove can make a cosy and practical addition to your home this winter. You should keep your stove clean and tidy to ensure optimal performance and keep your room looking good.

If you allow your stove to become clogged with old ash, the air will not be able to circulate properly within the appliance and it will not burn efficiently. You should ideally clean your fire out every week if it is in regular use.

Here’s how to clean your French wood burning stove.

Remove the internal parts of the French wood burning stove

Allow the French wood burning stove to cool completely before attempting to clean it out.

Start by removing all the internal parts of the French wood burning stove, including the grate. Use a dustpan and brush to remove as much of the ash and debris as you can from the stove. If you have a garden, your plants and soil will appreciate the addition of the waste ash.

Vacuum away all the remaining ash and debris using a specially designed fireplace vacuum. You can usually find these in specialist fireplace supplies retail outlets or good DIY stores. Check around the inside of the stove for any clinging, stubborn debris, and remove this with a stiff wire brush if necessary.

When everything is clean, replace all the parts and apply a dressing of light oil to door hinges and mechanisms.

Cleaning the window of the French wood burning stove

In order to enjoy the flickering flames inside your French wood burning stove, you must keep the glass window clean. Use a mild solution of washing-up liquid and warm water to wipe away any soot from the glass. Dry the window and polish it up using spray window cleaning solution. Do not use abrasive pads or cleaning solutions as this will scratch the surface.

Use a damp cloth to wipe around the exterior of the appliance to remove any dust or residual ash.

For more information and advice on how to clean and maintain your French wood burning stove, contact the helpful team at Stovesellers.

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To buy or not to buy? The drawbacks and benefits of wood pellet stoves

18 Oct

Wood pellet stoves are becoming increasingly popular for their versatility, design and functionality. Pellets are C02 neutral and come from a renewable source for a sustainable heating system. But before you take the plunge, here’s a quick guide to the drawbacks and benefits of wood pellet stoves.

Diadema Idro pellet stove

Drawbacks of wood pellet stoves

• Maintenance: if you’re used to cleaning a wood burner, then you perhaps won’t be too phased by having to thoroughly vacuum the burning pot every week. But your wood pellet stove will also need a thorough deep clean every three months and a service annually.

• Noise: one of the big drawbacks of pellet burners used to be the noise of the ventilator and auger when the stove is in operation. However, these problems have been largely dealt with in newer stoves as the technology improves.

• Fire: the flames from a pellet burner are much smaller than those of a wood burner, and can’t compare to the look of a traditional roaring fire.

• Electricity: for wood pellet stoves to achieve full functionality, they’re dependent on electricity and won’t work in a power cut.

The benefits of wood pellet stoves

• Functionality: if you want the sustainability of burning wood with the ease of use of a conventional boiler then a pellet burner is the ideal choice. You can programme them and adjust the temperature with a room thermostat, or even control them from an app on your phone. It’s this hassle free operation and autonomy that is a big plus for wood pellet stoves – just add the pellets, set the programme and enjoy comfortable warmth in your home day after day.

• Efficiency: wood pellet stoves can be up to 90% efficient, which makes them far more economical than a wood burning stove. The on-board computer will also ensure the pellet burner operates at maximum efficiency, producing an ash content from wood pellets of just 0.5-1%.

• Convenience: you may not have room to stack and store logs, but there’s always space for bags of pellets. These can be easily stored thanks to their compactness and are always ready to use. The price of pellets has been comparatively steady in recent years, making them a cost-effective fuel and as a biomass fuel they’re carbon neutral too.

If you’re interested in investing in a wood pellet burner that’s capable of doing everything from looking decorative to running your heating and hot water system, then contact us and we’ll be happy to help.

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A buyers guide to wood pellet stoves

23 Aug

As energy costs spiral ever upwards, more and more of us are investing in off grid heating solutions. So, why should you consider a wood pellet stove instead of a more traditional wood burner?

Melinda Idro pellet stoveFirst and foremost because of their practicality – you can operate a wood pellet burner using a remote control and set the timer just as you would for a gas or oil boiler, but at a much lower cost. A pellet burner can be used to provide heat and water for an entire house, from your armchair.

What’s inside wood pellet stoves?
Superficially, pellet burners and wood burning stoves look alike, but inside they’re very different beasts. A wood pellet stove is, in fact, a sophisticated and highly efficient combustion device that delivers low cost heating. If you need a pellet burner to drive a whole house heating system, then look for a model with a large hopper that will give you the freedom to light the stove and then control it remotely without having to constantly add pellets.

Getting the sizing right
When buying a pellet stove you’ll need to decide whether its primary function will be to heat a room or to replace an existing gas or oil boiler to provide both heat and hot water. To roughly calculate the size of stove you’ll need, first calculate the area to be heated in cubic metres (length x width x height) then divide by 34. However, many factors can affect the sizing so contact us for advice before investing in one of our wood pellet stoves. Getting the sizing right is crucial to avoid wastage and pollution.

Other considerations when buying wood pellet stoves
• Where the stove will be located – is there sufficient ventilation? Is the floor surface suitable for your stove?
• The look and style of your stove – we sell both contemporary and traditional styles stoves suitable for any interior.
• Do you prefer the look of a traditional fireplace? If the answer is yes, invest in a pellet burner that has a visible flame.

Advantages of pellet burners
Pellets burn very hot and much more cleanly than wood because of the way they’re made. Pellets, made from compressed sawdust, are carbon neutral give off much lower levels of particulates and have a far lower water content than logs. This super efficient form of heating is more expensive to install up front, but pays dividends in the long run. At Stove Steller’s we’re fully qualified, registered and insured, and happy to help you make the switch to a wood pellet stove.

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Modern interior themes and French wood burning stoves

21 Jul

If you are about to refurbish a property or redecorate a room, researching interior design ideas can be great fun.

When planning the layout and design of a new room, it makes sense to browse photographs of other people’s choices of theme and décor. However, this is only to fuel your decision. Your room should fit perfectly with your own individual tastes and needs.

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If you are considering adding a French wood burning stove, you may be wondering what sort of interior design trends it would suit. You probably already realise how amazing they are in terms of heat and aesthetics, but you need it to blend in with the overall theme too.

French wood burning stove versatility

These wood pellet stoves come in a fascinating array of styles and colours, so fortunately there is a very good chance you will find one that sits perfectly in your chosen colour scheme and theme. French wood burning stoves have been around for centuries, so it could be convincingly argued that they sit well with rooms themed along any interior design trend from the last 300 years.

Let’s look in more detail at how wood burning stoves match modern interior designs.

Would a French wood burning stove suit contemporary decor?

There is a lingering myth that French wood burning stoves are all along traditional lines, with ornate metalwork and curved flowing shapes.

Think again. If you are planning a simplistic, contemporary room in one neutral shade, there is an ergonomically perfect wood stove for you. Sleek chrome finishes and soothing geometric shapes can either merge in to a corner or stand proud as a room centre piece.

If you have chosen an angular interior design, there are stoves with rectangular simplicity, offering achingly beautiful construction and finish.

One of the most popular modern design trends is to theme rooms in an industrial style. This involves exposed brick walls and pipework, for example. Furniture would be a combination of wood and metal – usually cast iron. Colour schemes would be raw and bold, and light fixtures hanging from ceilings often echo warehouse and factory lighting.

A French wood burning stove matches industrial themed decors perfectly, using quality metalwork and providing heat from a natural source.

For more ideas on theming a room based on an industrial style, this site is handy

How would a French wood burning stove fit in with traditional themes?

Though modern versions are engineered for maximum efficiency, function and contemporary aesthetics, there are still many models that echo the artisan craftsman from a bygone age.

So, if your decorating tastes lean more towards Victorian or period themes, then fear not. There are French wood burning stoves that incorporate classical designs and more traditional colour schemes, to match any colour combination in your room, including floral wallpaper.

The fun starts here. Take a look at our range of wood burning stoves, and find the perfect match for your interior design preferences.

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