Is a woodburner hygge?

Hygge is a Danish word that famously has no direct translation into English. It has risen to prominence in recent years, aided by the popularity of Scandi decor and Nordic television programmes, and begun to enter the English lexicon (helped by the aforementioned absence of a literal translation).

The word describes the feeling or mood created by the pleasure of making regular household activities more meaningful, beautiful or special. It is often loosely translated as cosiness, though that doesn’t quite hit the nail on the head.

Denmark’s tourism website Visit Denmark says: “In essence, hygge means creating a nice, warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people around you.”

That’s good enough for us: on the basis of that explanation a woodburner is definitely hygge. Lighting a stove makes the atmosphere in a home more beautiful and special. It definitely creates a warm atmosphere and it encourages friends and loved ones to gather. Sounds pretty hygge to us.

The same source says that, although part of the Danish language since the 18th century, the word has its origins in Norwegian, where it meant something close to well-being. Given the warmth created, reduction in energy bills and environmental benefits of installing a woodburner in your home, a stove ticks that hygge box, too.

We’ve written previously about the social benefits that come from owning a wood-burning stove and there’s no doubt that contributes to some pretty significant hygge, too. Not least when cosying up together and getting wrapped up in warm clothing to go and collect firewood.

So, if you’re keen to add a sense of hygge to your home, a wood-burning stove is definitely going to be a step in the right direction. And if you want to really create a Scandinavian vibe to your living room, you might like to consider some of these Scandi style woodburners.

Cheap wood burners for sheds

Do you have a shed in your garden? A shed can be a fantastic extension of your home. It can be a home office, a hideaway, a workshop, a place to plan and prepare gardening and a host of other things. It can also be very chilly.

Whatever the many benefits of having a stove, cosiness is not usually one of them. Sheds are seldom insulated at all, let alone as well insulated as our homes, so they can feel draughty and chilly.

But that’s nothing that can’t be changed by installing a wood-burning stove in your shed. Given that we’re talking about a stove for an outbuilding rather than your house, you probably don’t want to break the bank. With that in mind, here are our recommendations of cheap wood burners for sheds.

Mazona Rocky 6kW


The Mazona Rocky is our best-selling stove. It’s also a snip at just £199 at the time of writing, which is excellent considering it pumps out 6kW of heat. It’s also a sturdy and traditional cast iron appliance. Click here for a closer look.

Mazona Signet 4kW


If you’re looking for a stove for a smaller shed, the Mazona Signet could be the right option. Its 4kW heat output is smaller than the Rocky, but it includes all of its main features, which makes it ideal for sheds in which the bigger stove would be overpowering. Click here for a closer look.

Mazona Olympus 8 kW Multi Fuel Wood Burning Stove


At the opposite end of the spectrum, if you’ve got a large shed to heat, the Olympus boasts an impressive 8kW heat output. That will provide warmth to even sizeable spaces. Click here for a closer look.

Evergreen Ashley 5kW


No electricity in your shed? No problem. The Evergreen Ashley has two hotplates on top, so you can keep a kettle handy, and maybe even treat yourself to a stew or a soup. It has a cast iron body in an eye-catching rounded design and generates a 5kW heat output. Click here for a closer look.

GBS Mariner 7kW


A more contemporary look is provided by the GBS Mariner, a sleek, steel appliance that generates 7kw of heat. Click here for a closer look.

Looking for something else? Click here to view more stoves.

New Year’s Resolutions: be a better wood-burning stove owner in 2017

Happy New Year to you. If your original New Year’s Resolutions have already gone by the wayside, you can at least resolve to be a better wood-burning stove owner.

This resolutions on this list will help you to take better care of your woodburner, which will help it to last longer and ultimately save you money.

So without further ado, here are our New Year’s Resolutions for 2017.

I will only burn seasoned wood

Yes, it’s sometimes easy to find or buy green logs and chuck them straight on the stove, but it really is a false economy. The high level of moisture in unseasoned wood means much of the energy generated by burning a log goes on evaporation instead of heating your room. This causes the stove to operate inefficiently, which means it creates build-ups of creosote in your flue. This further reduces the efficiency of your stove and increases the risk of a chimney fire.

I will check the moisture content of the logs I burn.

The best way to avoid the problems mentioned in our previous resolution is to be aware of the moisture content of the wood you are planning to use a fuel. A moisture meter is a quick and easy way to check that the logs are seasoned sufficiently.

I will always close my stove door

We know some of you like to sneakily open the door of your stove to feel the full force of the flames. While the appeal is understandable, doing this does not do your stove any good whatsoever. A woodburner is designed so that the flames heat the metal and the metal heats the room and everything in it (including you). Opening the door allows to much oxygen into the firebox, which causes overfiring and might result in permanent damage to your appliance.

I will not burn wood and coal simultaneously

Multi-fuel stoves are designed to burn wood or coal, not wood and coal. Burning both at the same time causes the moisture in the wood and sulphur in the coal to combine, creating a nasty solution that will corrode your stove.

I will not burn household coal

Household coal is actually quite a volatile fuel. Before it catches light, it will release a considerable amount of thick, yellow-grey smoke that can create an explosive flash capable of damaging your stove’s glass or flue system.

I will read my stove manual

If you read the manual for your wood-burning stove, you will probably find most of these resolutions being discussed in one form or other, along with other guidance on operating your stove. If you don’t have a manual, download this free book for general advice on wood-burning stove.

Best selling wood burning stoves of 2016

2016 was certainly a year of big upheaval. Little wonder that many people chose to seek solace in the comfort and tradition of a wood burning stove. In this article we will run through the best selling wood burning stoves of 2016. Perhaps it will provide a little inspiration if you’re looking for a wood burning stove in 2017.

1. Mazona Rocky 6 kW


2015’s best selling wood burning stove finds itself in top spot again for 2016. The Rocky continues to sell in large numbers due to its solid cast iron build, timeless design and bargain price tag. Click here for a closer look.

2. Mazona Olympus 8 kW


Another non-mover. The Olympus was our second best selling stove in 2015 and that trend continued last year. It boasts a similar design to its stablemate, the Rocky, and many of the same features. This was favoured by customers who wanted the additional oomph of an 8kW heat output at a very reasonable price. Click here for a closer look.

3. Mazona Signet 4 kW

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It’s a clean sweep of the top three places for Mazona, with the Signet taking third place on our best sellers list. In a wood burning stove equivalent of the Goldilocks story, this appliance was favoured by those looking for a small wood burner with a lower heat output than the Rocky. The 4kW generated by the Signet is ideal for small spaces. Click here for a closer look.

4. Evergreen ST0406GS Poplar 6.8 kW


There might be a bit of a pattern emerging here. It might be a different brand, but the offering is very familiar as far as this list is concerned: a classic and traditional wood burning stove design, a decent heat output and a bargain price tag. That was a recipe that appealed to stove shoppers in 2016. Click here for a closer look.

5. GBS Mariner 4 kW


Another stove that caters to those looking for a small woodburner to heat a small space. Unlike the other best selling wood burning stoves, the Mariner 4kW boasts a contemporary design. A high quality steel body, sleek and minimalist features and affordable design have seen this British-made appliance win favour with our customers. Click here for a closer look.

Reasons to buy the Hamlet Solution 5 kW Multi Fuel Stove

The Hamlet Solution 5 kW is one of our most popular stoves at the moment. Here are some reasons why you might consider it as your new wood-burning stove.

Designed, built and tested in the UK
The Hamlet Solution is a British-designed, British-made and British-tested stove. If you value the quality of UK engineering and design, this is a great appliance for you.

Good brand
The Hamlet name might not be so familiar to you, but you have perhaps heard of Aarrow, Stratford or Villager stoves. All four stove collections are made by Devon-based stove manufacturer Arada Stoves, so you can expect the same level of quality and care in Hamlet stoves as in their other ranges.

Stylish contemporary design
The Hamlet Solution boasts a stunning contemporary look. The steel body is cast into a gently curved, modern and minimalist design.

Reasonable price tag
You would normally expect to pay a premium for a high quality, well designed, British-made product. While the Hamlet Solution is not the cheapest stove on the market, it is by no means the most expensive. At the time of writing, it is available for a very reasonable £459.

Pre-heated airwash
A pre-heated secondary air supply improves the efficiency of the appliance while also helping to keep the glass clean. The result is that you save money that would have been spent on fuel and time that would have been spent on cleaning your stove.

10-year guarantee
That high quality steel body we mentioned is covered by a 10-year guarantee, which gives some indication as to the care that has gone into the design and build of the appliance.

Large viewing pane
That lovely large pane of glass gives glorious views of the flames dancing inside the firebox when the Solution is in use.

Versatility
5 kW not the right heat output for your room? Fear not, because the Solution is also available in a range of other size. You can choose the 4.5 kW, 7 kW, 9 kW or 11kW version. Or if you don’t want to open up your fireplace, select the 5kW inset or 7 kW inset model. Perhaps you want a stove that can also heat your water and radiators. Once again the Solution range has the answer in the form of 12 kW and 16 kW boiler stoves, plus 9 kW and 12 kW inset boiler stoves.

Click here for a closer look at the Hamlet Solution 5 kW.

Photos of festive Christmas fireplaces

A nice fireplace is a great feature in the home at any time of year, but it really comes into its own at Christmas. The fireplace becomes a real focal point over the festive period: it’s where Santa Claus arrives to deliver our presents, it is often a key part of our decorations and, of course, we value its warmth during the cold weather and during our days spent relaxing in the comfort of our own home.

At Gr8Fires.co.uk, we’re lucky to have customers who are just as passionate about their fireplaces as we are. Over the year, many of them have shared photos of their festive fireplaces with us so that we can see how they’ve the Christmas spirit to their hearth and mantel.

Here is a collection of those images, which we will add to over time. If you would like to share a photo of your festive fireplace with us, the easiest way is to publish your picture to the Gr8Fires Facebook page or Twitter account. In the meantime, enjoy these festive Christmas fireplaces.

From Angela Fulton-Naylor

From Ben Morgan

From Cheryl Green

From Cheryl Rigby

From Clare Tufton

From Donald Allonby

From Donna Jordan

From Geoff Wizz

From Gill Donkin

From Heather Sneddon-Lindsey

From James Carthy

From Janet Lamb-Grindrod

From John Clarke

From John Nowell-Fenna

From Josie O’Donnell

From Julian Sherry

From Kev Overan

From Kim Robinson

From Kim Robinson

From Lynsey McAuley

From Margaret Kennedy-Hamilton

From Micky Finn

From Pam Stevenson

From Pamela Martin

From Patrick Mountford

From Sue Walker

From Toby Didier’serre

Cleaning and tidying your stove and fireplace for Christmas

Yes, Christmas ought to be about goodwill to all, but sometimes it is also about making sure your home doesn’t look like a disaster zone when friends and family visit.

In this article we will be making sure your wood-burning stove doesn’t let the side down. Follow these tips to ensure your fireplace is in tip-top condition, even when that snooty neighbour unexpectedly calls to deliver a card and raid your mince pies.

Get a decent companion set


Over the festive period in particular, you want cleaning your stove and fireplace to be as quick and hassle-free as possible. That’s where a good companion set comes in handy. You’ll be able to clean and remove ashes from the stove and hearth more easily, as well as getting more control over the placement of your fuel to avoid it unnecessarily marking the glass. Click here to take a look at some companion sets.

Invest in stove glass cleaner


Most of the stoves we sell have airwash systems to keep the glass clean, but some blackening is inevitable. You’re burning fuel within inches of the glass so it is bound to get cloudy and look a bit grubby. Get the sparkle back with a quick spray of stove glass cleaner. At Christmas more so than any other time, the time-saving potential of the spray bottle makes it really useful to have in your home. Click here to see stove glass cleaner.

Keep your fuel tidy


You probably won’t want to go outside to bring in fuel for every load over the Christmas period, particularly not if the temperature drops below freezing, so find a tidy way of storing a small amount of fuel in the house. For logs, you might opt for some like this small log grate or this fireside log carrier. For solid fuel, take a look at these coal buckets or this coal scuttle.

Very small wood burners: find a tiny stove for your home

One of the most popular niche wood-burning stove markets is that for very small wood burners. A stove that is too big for the room in which it is situated can be overpowering, so it is important that if the woodburner is being installed in a small space you install a suitably small stove.

Most stove manufacturers start their ranges at around the 4kW heat output mark, so that’s the sort of size you will need to consider.

Whether it is a snug room in your home, a shed, small cabin or boat in which you are installing the appliance, in this article you will find the perfect stove. Without further ado, let’s explore some very small wood burners.

Our picks of the best very small wood burners

Mazona Signet 4 kW Multi Fuel Wood Burning Stove

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The Mazona Rocky is one of our most popular stoves. The Signet is its smaller stablemate, which is specifically designed for those who are looking for a very small wood burner. It has the same sturdy cast iron build, timeless design and efficient burn, but with a 4kW heat output. Have a closer look.

GBS Mariner 4 kW Multi Fuel Wood Burning Stove

If you’re looking for a very small contemporary stove, the GBS Mariner 4kW is a great option. As the marine-themed name suggests, this was designed with the boating market in mind. But it has proved equally popular on dry land among those looking for a small stove in a modern design. Have a closer look.

Aarrow Ecoburn Plus 4 kW Flexifuel Multi Fuel Wood Burning Stove

Another great modern woodburner with a manageable heat output. This is made in the UK by Devon-based Arada Stoves and sold under its Aarrow brand of stoves. The Ecoburn Plus offers outstanding efficiency and a large glass window for stunning views of the flames inside. Have a closer look.

Aarrow Acorn View 4 kW Flexifuel Multi Fuel Wood Burning Stove

A second successive Aarrow stove. Like the Ecoburn Plus, the Acorn View is made in the UK, boasts a stylish contemporary design and is very efficient. It is smaller in height and width, so might be a better option if dimensions are a consideration in your search for a very small wood burner. Have a closer look.

Dimplex Westcott Inset Multi Fuel Wood Burning Stove

Are you looking for a very small stove that will be easy to install into an existing fireplace? If so, the Dimplex Westcott inset stove is a great choice. It comes in a timeless design and a cast iron body that is designed to slot into a standard fireplace opening. Have a closer look.

Stratford 7HE Ecoboiler Wood Burning Multi Fuel Boiler Stove

Do you need your small stove to heat your water or radiators as well as the room? The Stratford 7HE incorporates a back boiler that can be plumbed into your central heating. Have a closer look.

Gr8Fires Christmas delivery order deadline and Christmas holidays

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There is nothing nicer than gathering round a wood-burning stove with family and friends at Christmas. If you’re hoping to have your woodburner – or any of our other products – in time for 25 December, it is important that you get your order in as soon as possible.

Last order date for Christmas delivery: 19 December, 2016

To get your items delivered before Christmas, please place your order before Monday, 19 December. We will continue to dispatch items until Wednesday, 21 December, but items ordered after 19 December might arrive the other side of Christmas.

Please note that pre-Christmas deliveries are also at the behest of the weather and any other factors that are out of our control, so please do not delay: order as soon as possible to minimise those risks.

Christmas holidays

After a final day of dispatching products, the Gr8Fires office will close at 5pm on Wednesday, 21 December. Our phone lines will close and will remain closed until 9am on Tuesday, 3 January, 2017.

You will still be able to use the website as usual throughout the holiday period. Orders placed while the office is closed will be processed for dispatch when we reopen on 3 January.

Wishing you a cosy Christmas.

Are Gr8Fires woodburners CE marked and EN 13240 certified?

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Are Gr8Fires woodburners CE marked and EN 13240 certified?

A question we are often asked by customers is are your wood-burning stoves CE marked and EN 13240 certified?

We understand that buying on the internet, especially a high-value item like a woodburner, can be daunting and that it makes sense to check that you are going to get what you are paying for, so we’re always happy to answer such questions and to clarify in this blog post.

The answer is very simple: if our woodburners were not CE marked and EN 13240 certified we would probably be locked up in jail right now instead of writing this article. Both are legal requirements when selling stoves in the United Kingdom.

CE marking is a signal to consumers that the manufacturer has checked that the products meets EU safety, health and environmental requirements and indicates the product’s compliance with EU legislation. Since July 2013, it has been compulsory for wood-burning stoves to bear a CE mark to confirm their compliance with relevant regulations. The Construction Products Regulation, which made CE marks compulsory, compels manufacturers, distributors and retailers to take responsibility for ensuring appliances they sell are compliant.

Similarly, it is a requirement for all wood-burning stoves sold in the UK to be of EN 13240 standard. BS EN 13240:2001 relates to roomheaters fired by solid fuel. It provides a set level of requirements and test methods that an appliance must meet.

And we can confirm that all of our stoves do. That includes our Aarrow, Aduro, Arizona, Carron, Dimplex, GBS, Hamlet, Hunter, Evergreen, Invicta, Mazona, Stovax, Stratford, Thorma, Villager and Yeoman appliances – they are all up to standard, as they must be in order for us to be allowed to sell them.

In short, yes, if you are buying a woodburner from Gr8Fires, it will be both CE marked and EN 13240 certified.

You can click here to see the full range of stoves.