Stylish stoves with a contemporary twist

20 Jun

While the warmth of a stove has universal appeal, the more traditional design styles are not everyone’s cup of tea.

wood burning stove

Those who are looking for a more modern aesthetic might dismiss wood burning, pellet burning and multi fuel stoves because they don’t think they’ll find a model suitable for the contemporary home. But that’s no reason to miss out on the charm and efficiency that stoves can offer – there are some fabulous up-to-the-minute stoves that provide the best of all worlds.

For example, we love these slinky models from La Nordica, both of which boast smooth cylindrical outlines that would look at home in properties of any age and style.

The Amika round and hermetic pellet burning stove not only looks amazing – it comes in four striking colours – it’s also fantastically cost-effective, with a 91.2% efficiency rating. Amika has a steel and front tempered glass coating with a ceramic top and a cast iron brazier, door and hearth.

Slightly smaller than Amika and available in timeless black, the Marlena is a wood burning stove made entirely of enamelled cast iron. Marlena has an efficiency rating of over 85% and can heat an area of 215m³.

With their slender, cylindrical design, Amika and Marlena would both make a great talking point. Both these stoves look fantastic either in a fireplace or free-standing in the room. If you’re looking for a focal point that is both heat-efficient and stylishly suited to a contemporary interior, look no further.

These are just two examples of the diverse range that Stove Sellers can provide. We have extensive experience installing stoves all over France so, whatever your style and requirements, we can help you choose the right heating solution for your 21st century space.

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Don’t let your summer property romance cool when winter arrives

19 Jun

If you fall in love with a French property in the heady days of summer, taking the right action over heating can prevent your ardour freezing when the days grow chilly.

Chimney Sweeping

Holiday season is here, which means that residents and visitors alike are discovering the diverse beauty of France. Summer is a popular time for people to discover a new place to call home.

But no matter how appealing your new property might be in the sunshine, it’s wise to plan ahead for when the days grow colder and you’ll need to heat your new pad. Huge fireplaces are common in France and if you have a dream of sitting around a roaring wood burning, pellet burning or multi-fuel stove, we can certainly help make that dream come true.

However, before you assume that a stove will take pride of place in your property, it’s important to undertake a survey first to assess suitability and check for any problems that could arise.

For example, you may have a large fireplace in your living room, but are you sure that the chimney is straight? If it twists and turns on the way up, inserting a chimney liner could be difficult.

Do you want to place your stove in a corner of the room or another unusual position? This could require smaller outlets, which restricts the kind of stove you can use.

That’s why it’s smart to ask experienced professionals, such as Stove Sellers, to check out the property first. This is particularly important if you’re buying an older or derelict house for renovation. If the chimney hasn’t been swept for many years, it may require specialist cleaning to remove possible build-up of creosotes, which can present a fire hazard.

Get in touch with us today and let’s make sure your property romance has a happy – and warm – ending.

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Spring forward to beat the busy stove season

27 May

Now the days are longer and the weather is (slowly) warming up, taking care of your wood burning stove is probably the last thing on your mind. But if you’re taking advantage of the lighter days to carry out repair or restoration work on your home, it’s a great idea to include your stove in the general overhaul.

Wood Stove and Liner Installations

With wood burning, pellet burning and multi fuel stoves becoming ever more popular across France, we’re finding that there’s no such thing as a truly quiet season. With our extensive knowledge and experience in the retail and installation of stoves, our services are in demand all year round.

So, if you’re looking to buy a new stove, get your existing stove serviced or repaired, or arrange to have your chimney swept, don’t put the job on the back burner until the days draw in again. We’re always incredibly busy in the autumn and winter, so summer is becoming a more popular time for customers to buy or take care of their stoves.

In France, it’s a legal requirement that chimneys must be swept twice a year. Our schedule is often booked up very far in advance by our existing customers who want to keep on top of their obligations. So, don’t delay in booking an appointment as soon as possible to ensure you keep in line with regulations.

If buying a stove is on your ‘to do’ list for 2019, why not give us a call today to start discussing your options? We offer an extensive range of stoves in a huge variety of sizes, styles and designs. By buying in summer, you can take your time to choose the model that’s right for your home – instead of rushing to make a selection in a hurry, in order to beat the winter blues.

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Don’t be tempted to be a DIY chimney sweep

13 May

The classic Disney film Mary Poppins made the world of chimney sweeps look like a lot of fun. But if you don’t hire a professional and try to do the job yourself, you’re unlikely to have a fairy tale ending.

Chimney Sweeping

Here in France, the law requires that chimneys are swept twice a year. So, if you want to keep using your wood burning stove, pellet burning stove or multi fuel stove legally, you’ll need to comply with the rules.

However, amateur chimney sweeps tend not to be as lucky as the profession in the iconic film. There are very good reasons why you shouldn’t take on this chore yourself, including the damage that inexperienced sweeps can do to their chimneys and, ultimately, their homes.

Professional chimney sweeps such as Stove Sellers have extensive knowledge of stoves, chimneys and what to look for when ensuring a chimney is clean and safe.

The purpose of sweeping is to make sure the chimney is clear of blockages, caused by soot, birds’ nests and other debris. If you don’t know how to spot problem areas or check that the chimney has been properly swept, you could miss blockages without realising it – putting your home at risk from a chimney fire.

Cheap chimney brushes, available from DIY stores, are often not as flexible or effective as professional brushes. Here at Stove Sellers, we use a professional camera to thoroughly check that your chimney is completely clear and blockage-free.

If you’re unlucky enough to suffer a chimney fire, your home insurance provider will probably demand to see a certificate to prove that you’ve met your obligations to have the chimney professionally swept twice a year. Fail to produce this and your home insurance policy could be invalidated.

So, stay lucky and get in touch with us today to book your professional chimney sweep.

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Crack your heating this spring by treating yourself to a stove

26 Apr

Now that the Easter holiday fun is over, it’s time to think about your next home project. So, we’d like to explain why springtime is a great season to think about installing a stove in your home.

Hunter Hawk 4 Double Sided Stove

Just because the spring solstice has passed, that doesn’t mean you can rely on warm weather for the rest of spring and summer. Wood burning, pellet burning and multi fuel stoves are perfect for warming just one room or space on a cool evening, without having to fire up the central heating.

However, if you want to take your time about choosing your new stove, it makes sense to start considering your options now. We’ve installed hundreds of stoves all over France and our range offers just about anything you can imagine in terms of style, size, design and heat output. Whether you’re hoping for a traditional look or something more contemporary, the choice is huge.

Plus, there are important factors to consider regarding energy efficiency, heat output, fuel type and function. Do you just want a room heater, or would you like to look at running your central heating or hot water system from a stove?

At Stove Sellers, we’ve got the expertise to help you get the best from your selection – plus we can offer advice on how to qualify for the tax credit (credit d’impôt) available here in France for expenditure to improve energy performance.

Finally, if you’re planning a big spring clean or a summer overhaul for your interiors, why not choose your stove and book your installation now? Then you can select a time that suits your project schedule and avoid the busy autumn season.

Get in touch with us today and let’s get cracking on helping you choose the ultimate treat for your home.

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