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What can you burn in a multi fuel stove?

19 Feb

When you picture a stove warming your home, it’s the image of a wood burning stove that is most likely to come to mind. But did you know that you can also use a variety of other fuel types and achieve the same warm, cosy effect?

Dru 78MF cast iron multifuel stove

Multi fuel stoves are designed to burn any of a number of different fuels, just as efficiently and attractively as wood. You’ll be able to identify a multi fuel stove as most models are fitted with a riddling grate and an ashpan. These stoves usually require regular de-ashing, but the versatility offered by a multi fuel stove can be really useful for busy people who don’t always have time to pick up the same type of fuel.

Wood is a good option, as long as it is fully seasoned and has a moisture content of less than 20%. Small bags of logs can usually be picked up from supermarkets and DIY shops, although if you have the space to store a large quantity of logs, having a winter’s worth delivered by a local farmer or other supplier tends to be more cost-effective.

Alternatively, you can burn coal in your multi fuel stove – coal burns most effectively with an air supply from beneath, so use your bottom vent to regulate it.

Another option is anthracite, which is a naturally occurring smokeless fuel. Considered a high-performance fuel with a low flame, anthracite is good for contained fires such as stoves and range cookers, but it shouldn’t be used on an open fire.

Finally, peat is a traditional fuel that has been used to heat homes and cook for centuries. Peat comes in blocks or lumps, lights easily and has an atmospheric smell when burning.

Chat to us about your heating needs and we can help you make the right choice for your home.

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Fuel the flames of romance with a wood burning stove

13 Feb

Looking to create the perfect romantic atmosphere for Valentine’s Day? Nothing beats a wood burning stove when it comes to cosy moments with your favourite person.

Hunter Herald 14 Double Sided

On Valentine’s Day, couples everywhere will be heading for busy restaurants to enjoy overpriced menus and publicly demonstrate their love. However, the really romantic lovebirds out there know that for a truly unforgettable evening, there’s nothing better than cuddling up in front of a roaring fire in the comfort of your own home.

Not only will the efficient heat from a stove melt even the coldest heart, the wonderful smell, sight and sound of a real fire create a romantic ambiance that is sure to fan the flames of passion!

For an extra touch of magic, you can add some soothing scents to your fire – pinecones, dried fruit and herbs all make a room smell divine.

Of course, wood burning stoves aren’t the only option to warm your love nest. Multi fuel stoves offer flexibility with a range of different fuel types, which can be handy when you’re running late for your Valentine’s date and need to pick up whatever fuel is most convenient. Pellet burning stoves are another great choice for creating a warm and intimate backdrop for your romantic evening.

As winter is still upon us, you’ll probably want to fill your living space with soft and cosy textures to ward off the cold and enhance the romantic atmosphere. With stoves, the fire is safely contained behind glass and metal, so you don’t have to worry about errant sparks flying out. After all, you only want to set your beau’s heart on fire – not your rug!

Take a look at our amazing range of stoves today and you’re sure to find your perfect match.


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How your stove can embrace 2020’s hottest interior design trends

29 Jan

With the arrival of January comes a wealth of predictions about how our home styles will evolve during the new year.

Invicta Itaya

For 2020, interior design fashion is widely expected to take a more opulent turn than in recent years, with a greater focus on retro revival and authenticity.

Out go the perfectionist, minimalist design schemes, in comes an emphasis on heritage, atmosphere and a more ‘maximalist’ approach.

Experts predict that bold colours and striking patterns will push out the cooler grey and pastel looks that have been so popular recently. Monochromatic continues to be a buzzword, but pale schemes will give way to rich and daring palettes, such as cobalt blue and aubergine.

There will be an emphasis on vintage comfort and the slightly fussier aesthetics of yesteryear, with ‘lived-in’ furniture being preferred over untouched items that have clearly just left the showroom.

At the same time, learning how to layer modern classics with antique or pre-loved furniture will help to make your home the trendiest in the neighbourhood.

So, what does this mean if you’re thinking about buying a wood burning, pellet burning or multi fuel stove?

To tap into the traditional yet stylish trend, you really are spoiled for choice with our stoves. Alongside many contemporary models with clean, sleek lines, our selection of stoves also includes a huge number of traditional designs that just ooze vintage character and charm.

From substantial double-sided stoves that can heat a large space, to small burners designed to add warmth to an intimate room, we have something for everyone – all sourced from a broad variety of respected stove manufacturers.

Combine timeless style with 21st century heat efficiency and performance, and you’re on track to make the biggest interior design statement of 2020.

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Why should I switch from an open fire to a stove?

24 Jan

Are you looking to ring the changes in 2020? Those who would like to ignite new passion for their home might be considering replacing their open fire with a wood burning stove this year.

Invicta Chamane

In that case, you may be asking yourself – is it worth it? What are the benefits of a wood burning stove compared to an open fireplace?

First of all, the efficiency gains of installing a wood burning stove – or alternatively, a multi fuel or pellet burning stove – can be considerable. The average open fireplace will lose 25% of its heat straight up the chimney. In contrast, our range includes stoves that boast in excess of 90% heat efficiency. That’s good for both your comfort and your fuel bill.

Also, while we’re discussing financial benefits, choosing to install a stove could qualify you for a tax credit. Here in France, people who invest in enhancing the energy performance of their home can claim the Crédit d’Impôt Transition Energetique (CITE), which means a reduction in TVA and a saving on the cost of the stove.

Safety is always a major consideration around fires in the home. While you must always comply with the law regarding chimney sweeping, stoves offer extra peace of mind because the fire is enclosed behind tough glass and metal. When you go to bed at night, you can rest assured that no spark or ember will leap out of the fire onto a flammable surface – an assurance you simply don’t have with open fireplaces.

When you install a stove, your chimney will need to be lined, which offers an extra level of safety, particularly if your home is quite old. The presence of a liner can even make sweeping the chimney an easier task.

We’re always delighted to offer help and advice, to ensure that you choose the perfect stove for your home and lifestyle.

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Yule love your stove this Christmas

20 Dec

Festive traditions can vary drastically between families, countries and cultures, but one thing remains constant: it’s not Christmas without a roaring fire.

Yule love your stove this Christmas

As well as the fabulous warmth, smell and aesthetic appeal of wood burning, pellet burning or multi fuel stoves, they also provide a focal point for fun Christmas traditions. So, how can you put your stove at the heart of your Christmas celebrations?

Of course, the most important festive ritual of all concerns a certain Christmas Eve visitor and the provisions that must be left ready for him. Don’t forget to leave treats for Father Christmas and his reindeer by the stove, or he won’t leave any presents!

Your stove offers many ways to help you eat, drink and be merry at Christmas. Stove tops are convenient places to warm your mince pies or keep your mulled wine hot, while roasting chestnuts in a wood burning stove is a real treat. You can even use the shells as aromatic fire starters the next day.

The Yule log is a Christmas tradition that exists in various forms across Europe, stemming from the Nordic region. Originally, the Yule log was an entire tree that would be brought into the house and burned on the open fire, inch by inch, during the 12 Days of Christmas. If the household didn’t burn the whole log, it would be stored for the year and relit the following Christmas.

That would be pretty difficult with a stove, as you couldn’t shut the door!

But another approach to the Yule log tradition is to cut it into smaller sections that can be burned off, one piece per day, throughout the Christmas period. This charming ritual means that the whole family can enjoy the literal warmth of the Yule log, along with its symbolic meaning.

We wish all our customers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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