Why a wood burning stove could be the energy-efficient solution

25 Sep

If you’re considering a new heating system for your home, you’re probably doing the responsible thing and thinking about energy efficiency. You may like the look of a wood burning stove – or a multi fuel or pellet burning stove – but you might also be surprised by just how efficiently they can produce and manage heat.

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If you have a property in France, you may qualify for the tax credit (Crédit d’Impôt Transition Energetique) if you’re carrying out renovation work that improves the property’s energetic performance and efficiency. To be eligible, your stove needs to achieve a minimum energy efficiency of 70%.

We have a wide range of wood burning stoves that exceed 70% energy efficiency, so you’ll have no trouble finding a stove to fit your size and style needs. Many pellet burning stoves are also starting to push efficiency levels upwards, which is great news for people who love the sight, smell and sound of a stove in their home.

Most impressive of all is the Burley Wakerley, which is described as one of the most efficient wood burning stoves in the world. Part of the Fireball range, this stove uses a patent-pending method of introducing air. The unique Fireball Vortex envelopes the fuel in a cyclone, which makes it burn much more efficiently than other stoves.

With an efficiency rating of 84.1% and a heat output of up to 18.3kW, this is a fantastic stove if you really want to get the most out of your heating. The wide glass door means that you also get to enjoy the warming sight of the wood blazing away, which is such a large part of the appeal for so many people.

If you want to find out more about energy efficiency, get in touch with us for expert advice.

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Make sure you’re not missing out on tax credit

29 Aug

Here in France, the tax credit – or Crédit d’Impôt Transition Energetique (CITE), to give its full name – is a state aid that is available to anyone carrying out renovation work on their property that improves its energetic performance and efficiency. People who buy wood burning stoves not only benefit from a reduction in VAT, they can also get a further 30% off the cost of the appliance.

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This is just one of many good reasons to install a stove in your home, but there are some misconceptions about the tax credit that we would like to dispel.

Firstly, many people believe that if they’re not paying income tax in France, they can’t apply for the tax credit but this isn’t true. As long as you’re resident in France – you have your main home here and it isn’t just a holiday home – you can apply for the tax credit. If you work and pay tax, you’ll receive a credit against your tax liability at the end of the financial year. If you’re not paying tax, you’ll be sent a cheque from your local tax office.

Secondly, it’s not true that you have to own your property in France to qualify. You can still apply for the tax credit even if you’re a tenant.

Finally, you can’t buy a stove from a DIY store and get just anyone to install it – the same company that supplied the stove must fit it. The stove must conform to efficiency regulations; also, the company that fits it should be part of a tax credit compliancy scheme and be RGE registered.

We’ve been selling and installing stoves in France for over 12 years, so we know a lot about the tax credit scheme. Get in touch with us today to find out how you can save with a stove.

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Your stove could pay the price for free wood

28 Aug

When the summer is hot and dry, it’s tempting to plan ahead for the winter months by stockpiling fuel for your wood burning or multi fuel stove now. If you live near woodlands or are able to collect wood from your own land, it makes sense to think about using the natural resources that are available.

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As long as you’re not taking wood from private land, this shouldn’t be a problem and could even save you a little money. However, there are some important things to consider when you’re stocking up your winter fuel supply for free.

Firstly, make sure you know what type of wood you’ve collected. Good quality hard woods, such as beech, ash and oak, are great for burning, as long as they’re well-seasoned and dry. Woods like fir and pine, however, contain resins that can cause problems for your stove and should be avoided in large quantity.

Similarly, poor quality wood can damage the inside of your stove, which ultimately turns your free haul into a false economy.

Making sure wood is thoroughly dry is also essential to achieve the best burning outcomes. Ideally, wood should be dried for at least two seasons; if you’re storing it at home, ensure you can keep the rain at bay.

Another big mistake people make is to underestimate how much wood they’ll need for the season; it’s also easy to misjudge how long it will take to cut random pieces of wood into the correct size for your stove. Overall, it can be easiest to just buy wood from a local farmer, who will usually supply it for significantly less than stores in France.

If you’re not sure where to find a supplier, ask around in your local community. There will always be someone else with a wood burner who’ll know of your local supplier. Your stove will thank you in the winter!

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Sizzling interior design trends for summer

24 Jul

Summer is usually all about the great outdoors and if you’re lucky enough to have a lovely garden, you may find that your outside space practically becomes an extra room.

Dru 78MF cast iron multifuel stove

However, the sunshine can also prompt people to take a fresh look at their interiors. For example, decorating is a lot easier during the summer – paint and varnish dries more quickly in the warm weather, you can fling the windows open to air out the rooms and so on. Installing a new heating system is also a lot easier to do in dry weather.

So, if you’re planning to revamp your home this summer, you might be looking to this year’s top design trends for inspiration. Many of the big interior design influences for 2018 are focused on bringing the outside in – whether that’s introducing foliage in some form, recreating a tropical paradise or simply adding some rustic artisan charm to your living space.

If you’re looking for a natural, rustic aesthetic for your home, standard radiators and heaters simply don’t cut it. You can’t beat wood burning stoves for that ‘back to nature’ feel, as they look fabulous without compromising on heat or efficiency. The look, sound and smell of wood burners – or the multi fuel stove and pellet burning stove alternatives – add an appealing focal point to any room, as well as the all-important cosy warmth.

Metallic is another major trend for the summer and our range of wood burners offer a variety of options, from traditional cast iron to sleek contemporary finishes.

For a real design statement, why not go for an unusual heating solution? We now stock products by Bronpi, which has created the Figaro, a truly striking triple combustion system in the shape of a large black cat. This incredible wood burning stove would bring animal magic to any home.

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Double up for a sizzling effect

17 Jul

When you’re heating a very large space or looking for a truly stunning focal point, a double sided wood burner could be just the solution you’re looking for.

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Any wood burning, multi fuel or pellet burning stove has the power to charm, but the impact of a double burner can be extra special. Even during the summer, when they might go unused for a long period of time, these double stoves can be used to striking effect in the design of a room.

Making a visual statement is often an important consideration for commercial properties, such as bars and restaurants, but this isn’t a case of style over substance. We recently installed a double wood burning stove in a restaurant and the heat benefits were extraordinary – despite having no insulation or double glazing, the management have not had to use the gas heating since.

If you need to heat a very big room or two adjacent spaces, placing a double sided burner in the middle can be a more efficient way to heat a larger area than using two smaller stoves. Installing a double sided woodburner is no more difficult than a single sided woodburner and the same regulations apply.

Although the range of double sided stoves available is not huge, there are still some decisions to make. What type of window on each side would you like, or would you prefer the extra power of a ‘double sided but double depth stove’, which is essentially two stoves back to back? This will naturally give you more heat than a ‘double sided, single depth stove’ and that should be taken into account when assessing the size of your room.

With our extensive experience in installing and maintaining stoves, we can advise on the right type of double sided stove for your property. Then all you need to worry about is cleaning the extra window!

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