Don’t take risks when heating your outbuilding

23 Jul

When considering how to maximise their space, many people will take advantage of outbuildings such as sheds, summerhouses or barns to create extra ‘outdoor’ rooms.

regency fireplaceWhether these are existing buildings or purpose-built, the lure of the great outdoors can result in fabulous home offices, workshops, studios or simply places to relax in peace. And if you want to use your space all year round, what could add more character and charm than a stove?

But if you’re planning to buy a wood burning, pellet burning or multi fuel stove for your structure, don’t take the risk of not having the stove professionally installed.

If your building is a simple one made of wood or stone, you may be tempted to think that you can install a small stove yourself and cut costs by using the cheapest flue options.

All the same safety regulations come into play when installing a stove in a shed or garage as when you’re putting a stove inside your home. Wood in particular is a combustible material and although it’s cheaper to use a single skin flue than to create a special chimney system, these do not have the same heat rating as a double skinned version.

This means that the flue could become too hot, which of course must be avoided at all costs in a wooden building.

Other safety considerations include the fact that you must provide a hearth that is big enough to prevent embers falling onto the wooden floor when you open the stove door.

Rather than cutting costs on safe installation, you could keep down the price of your summer project by buying a second-hand stove instead of a new model. We often have preloved stoves for sale – get in touch with us to find out more and get the best advice on how to stay both warm and safe.

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Can your stove meet your heating demands?

18 Jul

Summer is a very sensible time to install your new wood burning, pellet burning or multi fuel stove, before the cooler weather sets in.

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However, as you stand in your living room or kitchen in July and try to picture your dream stove, it might be hard to imagine the room ever being cold – let alone accurately assess just how much heat you’re going to need.

When you’re shopping around for stoves, you’ll find that every model comes with a heat output figure, expressed in either kilowatts (kW) or British Thermal Units (BTU). This will give you an idea of how powerful the stove can be.

But although all the British stoves in our range have been independently tested in an approved laboratory using standard test fuel, these figures usually reflect the stove’s maximum capability when using well-seasoned wood. So, it’s important to bear in mind that the stove may not always achieve exactly that output, if conditions are not optimum.

It’s particularly crucial to consider heat outputs when buying a boiler model stove. If you want to power both your radiators and hot water supply from the stove, you must remember that the ratio between direct room heating and boiler output is proportional. Select too small a boiler and your radiators won’t get hot enough; choose one that is too large for your radiator network and it will run too hot, forcing it to burn off excess heat in the expansion tank.

Feeling a bit daunted by all these calculations? Stove Sellers has extensive experience installing wood burning, pellet burning and multi fuel stoves throughout France, so we can advise you on how to choose the right stove, with the right heat output for your space. Then you can enjoy the rest of the summer, safe in the knowledge that there’s a warm winter to come.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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