Wood burners UK boom: why are stoves so popular?

Wood Burners UK

The wood-burning stove market has exploded beyond recognition in recent years. Wood burners UK boom started around the time of the global economic crisis of 2008 and it is unlikely that is merely coincidence.

With banks collapsing, jobs under threat and money tight, there were both practical and psychological reasons to make having the cost of heating your home entirely under your own control very appealing. The prospect of sourcing free or cheap fuel meant heating bills could be cut considerably. And with major institutions falling by the wayside, comfort could be found in wresting control away from the big energy companies.

On a deeper level, there is probably a lot to be said for the simplicity and primal nature of lighting a fire, which definitely harked back to less confusing times.

But the new-found wood burner UK love affair survived beyond the recession. After that initial burst of interest in stoves around the time of the recession, they became fashionable and desirable items. Spurred on by the array of property programmes on TV, lifestyle magazines and the shabby chic and country style interior design trends, sales of wood-burning stoves and multi-fuel stoves continued to go from strength to strength.

Indeed, HETAS, which offers a government-approved competent installer scheme, says its installers have seen a 60 per cent increase in the number of wood-burning stoves being installed over the last seven years.

So can the UK wood burner revival continue to grow? Certainly it shows no sign of slowing down any time soon. Wood burners remain desirable items and their money-saving potential is unlikely to lose popularity any time soon. Perhaps more importantly, people are rediscovering the joy of having a real fire burning in their home. This effect spreads something akin to a viral video on the internet: once you’ve spent time in a house or holiday cottage that has a wood burner, it becomes increasingly tempting to install one in your own home.

Find out the hotspots of the wood burners UK boom, according to our sales figures.

Best 5kW wood-burning stoves for winter 2016 / 2017


5kW is one of the most popular sizes of wood-burning stove. It is slightly above the entry level 4kW heat output, but still small enough to be suitable for smaller rooms without being too overpowering.

Here are some of the best 5kW stoves available for winter 2016 / 2017…

Mazona Aston 5.5kW Multi-Fuel Stove

The Mazona Aston combines the tradition of a high quality cast iron design with the minimal detail of modern appliances. It comes with a five-year guarantee on the stove body and a very reasonable asking price of £239.99. Click here for a closer look.

Mazona Calcot 5.5 kW Multi-Fuel Stove

The Mazona Calcot is a stablemate of the Mazona Aston and shares many of its features. It too boasts a 5.5kw heat output, a £239.99 price tag, a five-year guarantee on the stove body and a cast iron construction. It features slightly more detailing than the Aston. Click here for a closer look.

GBS Mariner 5 kW Multi Fuel Stove

The GBS Mariner 5 kW is an excellent contemporary wood-burning stove. It features a steel body and a sleek, modern design. The British-made stove also comes with a 10-year warranty. Click here for a closer look.

Aarrow Ecoburn Plus 5 kW DEFRA Wood Burning Stove

Another stylish modern appliance, the Aarrow Ecoburn Plus comes with the additional advantage that is exempted by DEFRA for use in smoke control areas. Aarrow are one of the UK’s most popular stove manufacturers. For the £879 price tag, you get a lifetime guarantee on the high quality steel stove body. Click here for a closer look.

Dimplex Westcott 5 SE Wood Burning Stove

The Dimplex Westcott is a classically-styled wood-burning stove. It is exempted by DEFRA for use in smoke control areas and operates without the need for additional room ventilation when used to burn only wood. It is priced at £336.95. Click here for a closer look.

Arizona Tucson 5 kW Matt Black Inset Multi Fuel Stove

Do you have an existing fireplace opening? If so, you might want to simply slot the Arizona Tucson into place. This cast iron appliance is an inset stove. Click here for a closer look. Also available in an enamel finish.

Hamlet Solution 5 kW Multi Fuel Stove

The Hamlet Solution is a minimal, modern steel multi-fuel stove. The appliance is made from a sturdy steel body, which is covered by a 10-year guarantee. Click here for a closer look. Also available in inset version.

Mazona Portland 5 kW DEFRA Inset Multi Fuel Stove

Another inset stove, the Mazona Portland slots into existing fireplace openings. This cast iron appliance is available for £449.99. Click here for a closer look.

Evergreen ST0311-11 Cedar 5 kW Multi Fuel Stove

Part of the hugely popular Evergreen range, the Cedar is just about the archetypal wood-burning stove. Made from cast iron and featuring traditional design features, it costs just £259. Click here for a closer look.

Evergreen Ashley 5 kW Wood Burning Stove

The Evergreen Ashley comes with an unusual rounded design, but is most notable for its two hotplates, which allow you to cook your dinner while heating your room. Click here for a closer look.

Mazona Small Orlando 5.6 kW Multi Fuel Stove

The Mazona Orlando is a traditional wood-burning stove. A very popular appliance, thanks in no small part to its very reasonable price tag of £269.95, the Orlando looks set to sell in large numbers this winter. Click here for a closer look.

NB. All prices corrects at time of writing.

8 possible twin wall flue designs for your woodburner installation

Are you preparing to install a twin wall flue with your new woodburner?


One of the most confusing aspects of installing a wood-burning stove is working out which configuration of twin wall flue is right for your home. We’re often asked questions by customers about what they need to buy in order to complete a flue system and the best way of installing the flue to maximise performance and cope with the quirks and peculiarities of a particular property.

Given the frequency with which those questions pop up, we wanted to offer some clarity on that subject matter. So here’s what we’ve done to do just that…

FREE twin wall design download

We’ve put together a handy visual guide to eight of the most commonly used twin wall flue designs to help your weigh up some of the options for your woodburner installation.

Our free download includes diagrams of some typical installation scenarios that will inform your decision-making process as you prepare to buy your new stove. Those scenarios include designs that involve an external flue pipe going up the outside of your property and more traditional installations into an existing fireplace.

In the guide, you will also find useful information on how to take measurements to ensure you buy the correct lengths of the materials needed for your installation.

Even a quick glance at our free twin wall flue guide will help to give you a clearer idea of what is required for your flue installation or maybe even open your eyes to a flue configuration that you had not thought of previously.

If you’d like to see our 8 twin wall flue installation scenarios, click here to download it.

NB. If after reading the guide you have any further questions, you are always welcome to call us to discuss the specifics of your flue installation.

Buy a woodburner with interest-free credit (0% APR)


Buy now, spread the cost:Get one year’s interest-free credit on orders over £350

It has never been more affordable to buy your new wood-burning stove. That’s because we’re now offering 0% credit on all orders over £350.

You can get your stove now and spread the cost over the next year at no additional cost.

And it’s not just stoves. The £350 limit relates only to the price of your basket when you head for the Gr8Fires.co.uk checkout, so you can also spread the cost of flues, stove accessories and electric fires.

That might help you to stretch your budget to get the appliance you really want. Alternatively, it might free up funds for your stove installation or something completely unrelated.

Get your woodburner for just £26.25 per month

Suppose you wanted to buy the GBS Mariner 7kW stove, which is currently available for just £350 (down from £540). You would just have to pay a 10% deposit of £35, followed by 12 manageable monthly payments of £26.25. You get to install your stove right now and there is no additional cost to you.

Click here to find out if you’re eligible for 0% finance and read the full T&Cs.

Outstanding boiler stoves for winter 2016 – 2017

We are now heading towards the winter months and that means the inevitable increase in energy bills. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You could buck the heating bill trend in winter 2016 – 2017 by opting to install a boiler stove now.

You can use a boiler stove to provide hot water for your home and heat radiators, as well as getting the warmth and cosy appearance of a regular wood-burning stove.

If you think a boiler stove might be the right option for your home, here are a selection of the best appliances available this winter.

Arizona Nevada 677 20 kW Multi Fuel Wood Burning Boiler Stove

Boiler stoves usually come at a premium given the extra kit involved and the extra savings they can help your to achieve, so the Arizona Nevada is very reasonably priced at just £850 (correct at time of writing).

It boasts a 20kW heat output, with 12kW going to the boiler and 8kW to your room. The Nevada has a cast iron body and a traditional wood-burning stove design. Click here for a closer look.

Arizona Nevada 677 20 kW Multi Fuel Brown Enamelled Boiler Stove

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Looking for something a bit different? This boiler stove has all the same features as the Arizona Nevada above, but it comes in an unusual yet tasteful brown enamelled finish. Click here for a closer look.

Stratford 20HE Ecoboiler Wood Burning Multi Fuel Boiler Stove

Stratford is the boiler stove line of Arada Ltd, which also makes the popular Aarrow range of wood-burning stoves. The 20HE Eco Boiler features the same minimal and modern styling that is present throughout Arada’s work.

It comes with a five-year guarantee on the stove body and boiler. Click here for a closer look.

Villager Boiler 20 Multi Fuel Boiler Stove

Another Arada Ltd stove, this time taken from their Villager brand. It is more traditional in appearance than the Stratford appliance and features a nice double-door design.

It is another stove that comes with a five-year guarantee on the stove body and the boiler. Click here for a closer look.

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The Hamlet Solution offers similar contemporary styling to the Stratford stove. In this case, it is an inset boiler stove, which means it is designed to slot straight into an existing fireplace opening. This can result in an easy installation process. Click here for a closer look.

Not found quite what you wanted? Click here to see more boiler stoves.

Best electric fires for winter 2016 – 2017

Are you looking to freshen up your home for winter? Perhaps you want to make it a bit cosier in time for Christmas.

If so, these stylish electric fires all offer additional warmth at the click of a button and great design and very reasonable prices.

Let’s explore some of the must-have electric fires for winter 2016 – 2017.

Celsi 16 Oxford Black Hearth Mounted Electric Fire

Designed to sit within your existing fireplace, the heart-mounted Celsi 16 Oxford provides a contemporary twist on the electric fire. A striking modern design is complemented by a realistic flame effect. Click here for a closer look.

Dimplex Adagio Silver Electric Fire

The Dimplex Adagio is inset into a standard fireplace opening. Its cast iron body is polished into a stylish and modern silver finish. The Adagio comes with a choice of large white pebbles and real coal, so you can pick the right look for your room. Click here for a closer look.

Dimplex Tango Electric Stove

Get the style and charm of a wood-burning stove with the convenience of an electric fire with the Dimplex Tango electric stove. Its design is based on that of a traditional multi-fuel stove, going as far as to incorporate real coals, but the flames are available at the click of a button. Click here for a closer look.

Dimplex Danesbury Black Electric Fire

Another inset fire, the Dimple Danesbury comes in a timeless black finish that is at home among both traditional and contemporary decor. Its canopy both enhances the classic look of the appliance and serves to hide the controls that make it so easy to operate. Click here for a closer look.

Dimplex Bach Wall Hung Electric Fire

Who said your electric fire needs to take up floorspace? Make a feature of your heating appliance with the Dimplex Bach wall hung electric fire, which can be easily mounted to your wall as you might do with a piece of art or a television. Click here for a closer look.

Ezee Glow WH2 Lara Black Glass Wall Mounted Electric Fire

Another wall mounted electric fire, the Ezee Glow WH2 Lara comes with the additional advantage of a bargain price tag. At the time of writing, it is available for just £130. Click here for a closer look.

Best woodburners for winter 2016 – 2017


Winter is looming large. There is a definite chill in the air and, if you’re hoping to have a wood-burning stove installed in time to keep you cosy until the warmer weather returns, now is the time to take action.

Fortunately, we have compiled this list of some of the must-have appliances for winter 2016 – 2017. Scroll on to see if you find your new woodburner.

GBS Mariner 7kW Multi Fuel Wood Burning Stove

The GBS Mariner 7kW is an excellent wood-burning stove at its full price of £540. Given that it is reduced to £350 as we head into the winter, it looks set to be very popular this season. British-made and boasting a contemporary design, this durable steel-bodied stove comes with a three-year warranty. Click here for a closer look.

Mazona Rocky 6kW Multi Fuel Wood Burning Stove

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The Mazona Rocky is a consistent best-seller, and winter 2016 – 2017 is not expected to be any different. A traditionally-styled, cast iron multi-fuel stove, the Rocky boasts a 6kW heat output but costs just £179.99. That’s a lot of stove for the price, especially when you factor in the five-year warranty on the stove body. Click here for a closer look.

Mazona Signet 4kW Multi Fuel Wood Burning Stove

We couldn’t mention the Rocky 6kW without featuring its little sister, the Mazona 4kW. It features the same traditional design details and cast iron body – and also comes with a five-year warranty on the stove body – but its 4kW heat output makes it is more suited to snug rooms and other smaller spaces. Click here for a closer look.

Aarrow Acorn View 5 kW Flexifuel Multi Fuel Wood Burning Stove

The Acorn View 5kW Flexifuel is one of the most popular appliances in the stylish Aarrow collection. This stove features a sleek, modern appearance that will provide a beautiful feature in any contemporary living room. Click here for a closer look.

Stratford 20HE Ecoboiler Wood Burning Multi Fuel Boiler Stove

If your idea of a winter wonderland is finding that your central heating bill is a fraction of what it was last year, you could do worse than install the Stratford 20HE boiler stove, which will not only heat your room but also water and radiators. That means you can cut your reliance on gas, oil or electric and simply light your stove. Click here for a closer look.

Invicta Ove 10 kW Wood Burning Stove

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You could really add the ‘wow’ factor to your home this winter by installing the Invicta Ove. This egg-inspired freestanding woodburner never fails to catch the eye. In addition to that stunning design, the Ove also comes with the benefit of burning for up to 10 hours on a single load of logs. Click here for a closer look.

Looking for something different? Visit gr8fires.co.uk to see our full range of woodburners. 

Top flue exit or rear flue exit on woodburners

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Should you use the top flue exit or the rear flue exit on your woodburner?

Many appliances come with the option of having the flue connect on either the top or the rear of the stove body. The woodburner will usually come with a blanking plate to seal the flue exit that will not be in use. Typically a stove will arrive configured with the flue collar on top and geared up for use with the top flue exit, but it is easy to swap to the rear flue exit

But which option is best?

Using top flue exit

Generally, using the top flue exit will create a more elegant look, particularly in the case of freestanding stoves when all of the stove is on display. The straight line out of the appliance and skywards creates an aesthetically satisfying appearance.

The straight flue also gives an easier path for the flue gases, so that can lead to slight performance benefits in terms of the draw up your chimney.

Using rear flue exit

Using the rear flue exit can have benefits, particularly if the stove is being fitted within a fireplace recess. If three-quarters of the stove are surrounded by the fireplace, a lot of heat will go towards heating the inside walls of the fireplace rather than the room. Using the rear flue exit will immediately cause the appliance to jut further into the room and make better use of the fuel you’re burning.

The rear flue exit may provide slight benefits in terms of the amount of heat generated. The flue gases have slightly further to travel before exiting the firebox than when the top flue exit is use, so more of the flammable gases may be burnt as a result.

Downsides of using the rear exit are that it might be trickier to sweep your chimney and also that it might be slightly harder to light your stove when the chimney is cold.

Need more advice before buying your stove? Download this free wood-burning stove guide book.

Sticky, black liquid in woodburners

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Have you found a sticky, black liquid in your wood-burning stove? Perhaps the consistency reminds of tar, and that’s because that is exactly what it is.

You might spotted it running down the inside walls of your appliance or settled somewhere in the firebox.

If you have seen this black liquid, it indicates that you are not operating your stove correctly and, in particular, burning unsuitable fuel.

Usually tar is created as a byproduct of burning logs on a woodburner when the moisture level of the wood is too high. Since energy is being wasted evaporating water, the stove doesn’t get up to high enough temperature, which leads to cooler gases going up your chimney. Since they are cooler, they are prone to condense when they touch the metal of the flue liner.

The condensed gases will either solidify on the inside or the flue or drip back down into the stove in the form of the sticky liquid. Whenever the tar does get the chance to solidify it will turn into creosote. A build-up of creosote in your stove system increases the risk of chimney fires.

How to stop a sticky, black liquid appearing in your woodburner

There are a few ways to stop the black liquid appearing in your wood-burning stove. The first is to ensure that the only logs you burn are ones that have been correctly seasoned and have low moisture content. You can use a moisture meter to ensure this is the case.

Ensuring there is a strong draw up your chimney, operating your stove at full capacity and ensuring your room is well ventilated will also minimise the chance of flue gases condensing in your chimney.

It is also important to get your chimney swept regularly. This will remove any residual creosote that has built up in your chimney and prevent is seeping back down your chimney and into the stove.

Click here to read more about tar condensation.

Help! I’ve melted something on my woodburner

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Wood-burning stoves are very hot. This much we know.

But sometimes people underestimate just how hot they are. We hear tales of people trying to dry clothes by draping them over the stove in the same way they would a radiator.

Trainers, plastic cups and toys are among the items that have been melted on wood-burning stoves with some degree of regularity. Whether, as mentioned above, this was done deliberately with the intention of drying the item in question or whether the accidentally came into contact with the stove or was left sitting on a cold stove and forgotten about, the end result is usually the same.

That is that your lovely wood-burning stove body will now have a nasty blemish in the form of a melted and charred piece of fabric or plastic.

If you find yourself in that position, you will no doubt be keen to find a way to restore your stove to its former glory as soon as possible. That may or may not be realistic, but you can certainly have a go at getting it looking as good as possible.

Follow these tips to attempt to remove the melted material from your woodburner and get it looking like new again.

Removing melted plastic or material from a woodburner

The best way to remove the foreign object from the surface of your wood-burning stove is to rub down the affected area with wire wool. This will hopefully ensure that the melted item is worn away from the surface.

Of course, it is likely that you will also remove some of the stove paint in the process. That leads to the next step, which is to touch up the area on which you’ve used the wire wool with some stove paint.

Click here to buy stove paint.