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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Make room for cosy heating on chilly spring nights

21 May

Now that spring is here and the days are getting brighter, it’s tempting to suppose that we can forget about heating our homes until later in the year.

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Unfortunately, even the sunniest days can end with chilly evenings. But no one wants to take the glow off a beautiful spring or summer day by turning the central heating back on.

Luckily, there’s a simple and extremely cosy solution. Although wood burning stoves, multi fuel stoves and pellet stoves offer fantastic value as full central heating systems, they can also serve as energy-efficient room heaters if you simply want to bring a little warmth back into your day.

Wood burners, pellet burners and multi fuel stoves look wonderful and bring immense charm to any room, a quality that really complements French homes. Whether you prefer a traditional or modern look, room heaters are an aesthetically pleasing source of heat for rooms of any size.

If space is at a premium, we can provide compact and attractive stoves that take the chill off the air without dominating the room. For example, the Parkray Consort 4 wood burner is a stylish and eco-friendly option for when space is tight. Alternatively, the charming Hunter Hawk 4 multi fuel stove looks cute but it really packs a punch while burning small logs.

For optimum convenience, however, pellet burning stoves take some beating. Pellet burners are gaining popularity across France for their ease of use and as an economic alternative to wood. You can even turn many on by remote control from the comfort of your armchair, or via your mobile phone as you’re heading home from the beach. The Ketty provides excellent value for money as part of the Extraflame wood pellet stove range, while boasting all the features of larger models.

We’re experts on how to heat beautiful French homes, so chat to us today about how to stay warm all year round.

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Escape to the chateau – but don’t forget the heating

01 May

In recent weeks, British television viewers have been gripped by the adventures of expat chateau owners Dick and Angel Strawbridge.

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Now in its fourth series, Channel 4’s Escape to the Chateau follows the progress of the Francophile couple as they lovingly renovate Chateau-de-la-Motte Husson in Martigné-sur-Mayenne. The challenges faced by the pair, as they try to turn the beautiful yet rundown property into a comfortable home and viable business, will be familiar to many people who have pursued the dream of a new life in France.

Fortunately, Dick had the good sense to make the heating system one of his first jobs, but it’s an element of home renovation that is often overlooked in the early stages. If you’re considering buying a home in France this summer, or you’re already here and haven’t yet thought ahead to the winter, it’s time to turn up the heat.

When you’re keen to preserve the historic beauty of your home, wood burning stoves offer a cosy and timeless ambience like nothing else. Wood burning stoves are a fantastic option for central heating. Not only are wood burners substantially more energy efficient than open fires, when connected to radiators they can also achieve significant savings compared to gas-fired heating.

Alternatively, if you’re looking for a heating method that offers the same ease of use as a conventional boiler, you could consider using a pellet burning stove. This is a comparatively hassle-free option – you can programme and adjust the pellet burner with a room thermostat, or even control it from an app on your phone.

Both methods offer beautiful and effective heating, but it’s important to choose the solution that is exactly right for your home and lifestyle. We have a wealth of experience selling and installing a wide variety of wood burning stoves, pellet stoves, cookers, central heating and chimney products for centuries-old properties throughout France. So, we can give you expert advice on how to select the perfect heating for your home and keep your French dream burning brightly this winter.

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4 Key Benefits of Double Sided Wood Burners

01 Mar

Do you have a central chimney breast or open-plan living room? If so, then you may want to consider installing a double sided wood burner. Not only are they nice to look at, they’re efficient and practical. Here are just some of the many benefits of choosing this kind of wood burner for your home:

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1. Double sided wood burners come in a range of shapes and sizes

There’s a diverse range of double sided wood burners out there. There are small, mid-size and large options meaning that they are suited to a variety of living spaces. The style of your wood burner can be either traditional or contemporary to create the atmosphere you desire. Plus, there are additional fixings you can choose to achieve a particular look such as window bars or a canopy.

2. They’re twice as nice

Double sided wood burners are perfect for homes with a chimney breast in the centre or where a chimney opens into two rooms. They can be placed in the middle and offer heat to both rooms, meaning you don’t need multiple wood burners to cover multiple rooms. You don’t have to spend time refuelling different wood burners either, so that means less work for you.

3. They make a stunning focal point

They’re not just for homes with two connecting living spaces, double sided wood burners make an excellent addition to homes with large open spaces. They can be placed on an island in a large or open-plan room as a centrepiece. This makes for an interesting and unique focal point.

4. Double sided wood burners use the latest technologies

You’d be surprised by how great the heat output of these burners are. But with it being such an effective form of heating, you might imagine that they’re not energy efficient. Thankfully, that’s something you don’t have to worry about with a double sided wood burner as they use new technology to ensure that the fuel inside is burnt efficiently. More specifically, many use Cleanburn technology which results in fewer emissions.

As you can see double sided wood burners provide double the beauty and double the comfort. If you’re considering such an alluring focal point for your home then take a look at our range of double sided wood burners now.

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Common questions when buying wood burning stoves

16 Jan

If you are considering investing in a new wood burning stove, then you probably already know how aesthetically pleasing they are. It could be that you have some practical questions though. We are going to cover some of the more popular queries about everything from installation to fuel concerns for your wood burning stove.

clean woodburning stoveIs it okay to burn wood these days?

Rest assured that your wood burning stove is not going to cause any environmental or local authority issues.  However, you should check the credentials of your fuel supplier. They should be offering responsibly-sourced, well-seasoned timber. This is then a carbon neutral and energy-efficient fuel.

What sort of room best suits wood burning stoves?

Modern engineering, design and manufacturing techniques have provided homeowners with an incredible range to choose from allowing most rooms in a home to be installed with a woodburning stove. There a variety of finishes and shapes, from traditional cast iron to sleek ergonomic models to slip effortlessly into contemporary interiors. If you want a pink or white stove, why not!

There are some style options for fireplaces, including wood burning stoves, in this article.

How efficient are wood burning stoves?

The size and functionality you choose for your model will impact on how much heat it generates; just one of the ways you can match it with your own preferences. What has been thoroughly tested and verified, is that wood burning stoves are substantially more energy efficient than open fires.

Perhaps even more significantly, is that according to the Energy Saving Trust, a wood stove hooked up to radiators can bring substantial savings per year when compared to gas-fired heating.


That all means that your  wood burning stove could pay for itself in a relatively short time.

Can I install a wood burning stove myself?

If you are tempted to do some DIY when it comes to adding the comfort and visual enjoyment of a wood burning stove, then please be aware it must conform to building regulations.

As compliance is not an easy thing for even the most enthusiastic homeowner, it’s recommended that you use an installer with the correct experience and expertise.  In France these can be easily identified by looking for installers with the RGE qualification and are all listed on the Quali-ENR site  You can view all the installers certificate of qualification and insurance certificates which are inspected and audited by the organisation annually therefore giving you complete peace of mind.

For the affordability of using a specialist installer, visit our services page and give us a call for a quote.

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