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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Why April showers could mean tears for your wood burning stove

23 Apr

Spring is well underway and we’ve all been hoping for warmer weather as the season advances. However, even while temperatures are on the rise outdoors, don’t forget about your stove.

clean woodburning stove

Whether you have a wood burning, pellet burning or multi fuel stove, it’s important not to leave your stove completely dormant for long periods of time, even during the summer. April showers might seem like a small price to pay for brighter days, but rainwater can cause more of a splash than you realise.

When rain falls, some water is likely to get into your stove system through your flue. The amount of rain that your flue and stove will become exposed to does vary, of course, depending on a number of factors.

However, during the winter when your stove is in regular use, any excess moisture is safely burned away by the stove’s heat. When moisture gathers in the stove system and doesn’t evaporate, over time this can lead to rusting and corrosion.

Rain water entering inside the stove can corrode th5e internal components such as the flue outlet connector, baffle plate and fire grill, as well as doing damage to the body of the stove itself.

It might seem strange to light your stove when you don’t strictly need to, but remembering to warm the chimney every now and then can really help to protect your stove system from unnecessary damage.

So, keep an eye on the number of spring showers this year and make a note to fire up the stove on the next chilly evening or dreary day, even just for a short time. Your stove and chimney will thank you!

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Time to Give up on Poor Heating Solutions

28 Mar

Now that the pancakes have been flipped, you might have decided to give up chocolate, cakes or other sweet treats for Lent. However, if you’ve just shivered your way through another uncomfortable winter, it could be better to give up being cold in your home!

Hunter Herald 14 Double Sided

Spring is in the air but there could still be chilly nights to come, so this is a great time to consider installing a wood burning, pellet burning or multi fuel stove. More energy-efficient than an open fire, stoves can pump out a surprising amount of heat. Stoves also look fabulous and much more attractive than radiators, whether you choose a traditional style or a more contemporary design.

If you think that you must have a standard central heating system as well as a stove, think again. It’s possible to heat your entire house and run your hot water system from one stove if you wish. But a stove is also a great way to provide on-demand, atmospheric warmth for just one room. This can make a big difference to your energy bills when you just need to heat a small area of the house on a cool spring or summer evening.

For those who think the layout or style of their home wouldn’t be suitable for a wood burning stove, you’d be surprised at just how versatile stoves can be. If you don’t have a big fireplace to accommodate a large stove, take a look at our smaller, more compact but highly efficient models that can fit well into even a small space. They still pack a big heat punch without taking over the room. We can find a solution for you even if you don’t currently have a chimney.

So, if you want to make the change to a better, more beautiful heating system, give up on your old habits and get in touch with us today.

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Let’s Torch the Myths about Owning a Wood Burning Stove

26 Mar

Have you ever considered buying a wood burning stove but had some reservations? Obviously, we’re big fans of wood burners– along with their pellet burning and multi fuel stove alternatives – so we’re keen to explode some common myths and misconceptions that can prevent people from enjoying what stoves have to offer.

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‘Wood burners are expensive to run.’ The cost-effectiveness of your fuel depends on a number of variables, but by taking the right approach, stoves can provide terrific value for money. Ask about suppliers in your local area and you’ll probably find that you can buy large amounts of wood for much less than you think. Choose well-seasoned wood of the correct type and you can get a great amount of energy from it, as much as 90%.

‘Stoves don’t have the strength to heat an entire room.’ Our range of stoves includes designs of all sizes, shapes, designs and outputs, so whatever the size of your space, we’ve probably got a stove to heat it. You can even run your central heating and hot water systems from a stove.

‘Owning a wood burning stove is too much hard work.’ Some people enjoy finding, cutting and storing their own wood, but you certainly don’t have to do that. Simply buy in a season’s supply and forget about it!

‘Wood burners are bad for the environment.’ Again, making the right choices negates this statement. Wood burning stoves will only emit the same amount of carbon that the tree has absorbed during its lifetime. So, use fully seasoned logs with 25% to 30% moisture content to achieve the cleanest possible burn.

‘I can fit my stove myself.’ Not true. Unless you’re a qualified, trained professional – like us – it’s very dangerous to attempt this specialised job.

‘I can’t have a stove because I don’t have a chimney.’ Wrong – ask us today about installing a chimney system or flue!

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