Don’t Let Condensation Put a Dampener on Your Home

20 Nov

When you’re thinking about heating your property, condensation is unlikely to be at the forefront of your mind. But even a roaring fire giving off lots of warmth from a wood burning, pellet burning or multi fuel stove is not immune to problems with moisture.

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Burning any kind of fuel will result in some amount of water vapour being formed. This isn’t generally an issue if the water remains as vapour until it leaves your flue system, which is achieved by keeping the flue gases at the highest possible temperature until they exit your chimney. But if the vapour cools too soon and forms moisture on the inside of your system, that can present a problem eventually.

Older homes may be more at risk of condensation, due to earlier, less energy efficient stoves and furnaces requiring a larger chimney area because they tended to lose so much heat. Today’s more efficient stoves direct more heat into the home, which means the smaller amount of warm air going up the chimney will often cool before it reaches the top of the stack.

The reason this is a problem is because sulphur compounds in flue gases and sulphates in the brickwork produce moisture that is acidic. Over time, this moisture will attack brickwork and cement joints, or even seep through the brickwork, causing stains, mortar corrosion and other damage.

Burning only dry, well-seasoned wood will help to reduce condensation, but the most important thing is to get your stove and chimney liner installed by professional experts like us. It’s essential that flue pipe and concrete and clay liner joints, as well as twin wall flexible liners, are fitted in the correct direction, something of which DIY installers may not be aware.

So, don’t take the risk – ask our advice today on how to chase condensation away.

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Annual services are essential for pellet burning stoves

29 Oct

In France, owners of stoves need to have their chimneys swept twice per year and we always take this opportunity to give our clients’ stoves a service at the same time.

Diadema Idro pellet stovePerforming regular maintenance on wood burning or multi fuel stoves is a good idea, because there are parts of the stove that even the most conscientious owner might miss during day to day cleaning.

For example, the baffle plate at the top of the stove can become dirty and this can affect the stove’s ability to draw. During a service, we also check that all the rope seals and glass gaskets are in good condition. If the stove is not gas-tight because the seals need replacing, it will affect how well you can control the stove. By pulling in more air than it should, the stove may burn fuel faster than you prefer.

So, it’s certainly desirable to have your wood burning or multi fuel stove serviced regularly. However, if you own a pellet burning stove, annual services are essential to ensure the stove continues to function efficiently and safely.

Pellet burning stoves feature sensors that monitor everything about the stove, such as temperatures, the way the stove is drawing and carbon monoxide levels. During the hustle and bustle of everyday life, stove owners may only have time to give them a basic clean, so the sensors don’t always receive proper attention. If the sensors start to become dirty, they can malfunction and this could result in the stove shutting down entirely. Not something you want to happen on a cold winter’s night!

Annual services are required to make sure that the warranty on your pellet burning stove remains valid. So, talk to us about booking your next chimney sweep and ask about an annual service too.

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Don’t have heating nightmares this Halloween!

24 Oct

Now that autumn is here and the days are getting colder, you might be hurrying to get a new heating system fitted before winter sets in.
clean woodburning stove

However, if you’re going for a wood burning stove, pellet burning stove or multi fuel stove, don’t be tempted to cut corners on the installation. If you don’t have your stove professionally installed, you could be setting yourself up for all sorts of unpleasant tricks.

If a stove is not properly installed and safety requirements aren’t respected, this could result in a variety of very serious problems – potentially, even fatal ones. Poorly installed stoves could leave you vulnerable to smoke coming back into your room, chimney fires or carbon monoxide poisoning.

Some amateur installers will make a register plate for the stove using wood, when it is much safer to use metal. Indeed, you need to be very aware of any hazardous materials around the stove. Any plasterboard used should be fire-retardant, although it’s safer to use tiles or stone instead.

Before fitting a chimney liner, the chimney must be swept, but non-professional or poor quality installers often don’t bother. This is very dangerous, because the heat coming through the liner could eventually set any debris in the chimney alight and cause a fire.

Unfortunately, if the chimney hasn’t been swept before the liner is fitted, there is no solution other than to remove the liner and start all over again. So, any savings you made on the initial installation will be cancelled out by the cost of putting it right.

We’ve installed hundreds of stoves all over France, so we know how to avoid any heating nightmares. Get in touch with us to ensure a high quality, professional standard installation, whatever your heating needs.

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Autumn is here but it’s not too late to warm your home

27 Sep

Lots of people buy new properties in France during the summer, particularly expats who fall in love with the country when the sun is shining. Whether you plan to settle here permanently or you’re just looking for a fabulous holiday home, France offers a wealth of charming properties in beautiful locations.

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Buying a house here can be quite a lengthy process, however, so you may have suddenly taken possession of the keys some months after you first set eyes on your new home. Now the summer is gone, you may be in need of a good heating system and fast.

But don’t worry, there is still time to install a heating solution that will be cosy, energy efficient and look wonderful. Our range of wood burning stoves, pellet burning stoves and multi fuel stoves not only come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes and styles, they can also be installed quickly and easily.

Generally speaking, it will take no more than one day to install a wood burning stove, although we advise our customers to allow a further day for the glue and cement to dry.

So, even if you’re still in the middle of some serious renovation or decoration work, your home could still be warm and cosy within just a couple of days.

We’ve sold and installed literally hundreds of wood burning, pellet burning and multi fuel stoves across France, so our services are always in high demand. Autumn is a busy season for us, but we may still be able to install your new stove before the weather turns too much colder. For expert advice on how to choose the right stove for your home, get in touch with our team for a chat today.

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Why a wood burning stove could be the energy-efficient solution

25 Sep

If you’re considering a new heating system for your home, you’re probably doing the responsible thing and thinking about energy efficiency. You may like the look of a wood burning stove – or a multi fuel or pellet burning stove – but you might also be surprised by just how efficiently they can produce and manage heat.

Melinda Idro pellet stove

If you have a property in France, you may qualify for the tax credit (Crédit d’Impôt Transition Energetique) if you’re carrying out renovation work that improves the property’s energetic performance and efficiency. To be eligible, your stove needs to achieve a minimum energy efficiency of 70%.

We have a wide range of wood burning stoves that exceed 70% energy efficiency, so you’ll have no trouble finding a stove to fit your size and style needs. Many pellet burning stoves are also starting to push efficiency levels upwards, which is great news for people who love the sight, smell and sound of a stove in their home.

Most impressive of all is the Burley Wakerley, which is described as one of the most efficient wood burning stoves in the world. Part of the Fireball range, this stove uses a patent-pending method of introducing air. The unique Fireball Vortex envelopes the fuel in a cyclone, which makes it burn much more efficiently than other stoves.

With an efficiency rating of 84.1% and a heat output of up to 18.3kW, this is a fantastic stove if you really want to get the most out of your heating. The wide glass door means that you also get to enjoy the warming sight of the wood blazing away, which is such a large part of the appeal for so many people.

If you want to find out more about energy efficiency, get in touch with us for expert advice.

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