Woodburner fan: spread your stove heat further

Any wood-burning stove owner knows the dramatic effect it has on the warmth and cosiness of your home. Using a woodburner fan with your stove will only enhance that.

Because woodburner owners also know that a woodburner does not deliver that sudden, intense rush of heat that you get from an open fire. A fire in a wood-burning stove heats the metal around it, and the hot metal then radiates the heat around the room.

The result is a more efficient fire and heat that spreads over a wider area than you would get from an open fire, but it’s by no means an immediate process.

Using a woodburner fan allows to aid the process by causing the warmth from your stove to spread further and more quickly than would otherwise be the case.

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Comparing the cost of running a woodburner with the price of oil, gas and electricity in 2020

Everybody knows the benefits of a wood-burning stove for the comfort and cosiness of your home, but how does a woodburner fare financially when you combine it to other forms of heating.

Installing a woodburner is a big investment. It’s hard to put a value on the aforementioned increase in comfort and cosiness, and the improvement that might have on your quality of life or your enjoyment of your home. So let’s put aside than intangibles for now and look at operating a woodburner in purely financial terms.

Here’s how it compares to other popular forms of heating.

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Ecodesign Stoves: what are they and why are they different?

Have you heard the term Ecodesign stoves being bandied around? The wood-burning stove business has no shortage of jargon, and this is one of the latest technical terms to enter our vocabulary.

While the Ecodesign principle is useful for customers (and certainly will be in the next few years), for somebody who is new to woodburners and trying to work out which appliance is right for them, it is another word with which to get to grips before you can make an informed purchase.

In this article, we will aim to demystify Ecodesign stoves and answer some key questions about them.

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Why has your wood-burning stove rusted? Find out what causes rust on a woodburner

A wood-burning stove is a big investment, so the last thing you want to see is rust appearing on it.

Unfortunately, rust and corrosion can sometimes happen. In this article we’re going to explore some of the causes of rust on a woodburner. Hopefully you’ll be able to find out why your wood-burning stove has rusted and minimise the risk of it corroding further in the future.

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Woodburners, Covid-19 and a slower pace of life

The effects of Covid-19 have been devastating on people, healthcare systems, businesses and economies around the world. The pandemic’s profound effects on our way of life continue and looks set to do so for many months to come.

Yet, for all the danger, disruption and uncertainty, some people who have managed to avoid the most severe medical and financial consequences of coronavirus have been able to find silver linings in their situation.

Social media is full of people expressing some degree of satisfaction about living life without their daily commute; spending more quality time with loved ones; having greater opportunities to exercise or explore new hobbies; having the habits of consumerism curtailed; and easing into the new day with children, rather than rushing them out to childcare. In short, leading a slower pace of life.

That got us thinking about the overlap with the appeal of wood-burning stoves.

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Will my woodburner be banned?

If you’ve caught a glimpse of a few headlines in the past months (particularly prior to the coronavirus pandemic dominating the news agenda), you might have seen something about woodburners being banned and wondered to to yourself: “Will my woodburner be banned?”

Woodburner ban

The truth of the matter is that there is no woodburner ban. The ban will be on the burning of wet wood and of the use of household coal in wood-burning stoves. There is no ban on use of the appliances at all, only tighter restrictions on what can be burnt. The push to legislate for only well seasoned wood and smokeless fuels is in line with the advice we already give to customers. So it’s good news.

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Covid-19 Update: Phone lines closed, online store open

Just a quick update to make you aware of the latest changes to our services due to the coronavirus pandemic.

From today, our phone lines will be closed because all office staff are now working from home.

Please send any enquiries by email to sales@gr8fires.co.uk and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

That’s the only change to our service at this stage.

Orders will be processed and despatched as normal, so you can continue to shop on gr8fires.co.uk.

If additional restrictions are introduced by the Government that halt the postal and delivery network, that will obviously impact our services further. So if you think you are likely to need any replacement parts in the coming months (particularly things like stove rope, baffle plates and ashpans) or you need something urgently, we would advise placing your order as soon as possible.

We hope you’re continuing to stay safe and well in these challenging circumstances. Thanks for your support.



Coronavirus: Why it’s good to have a woodburner in the Covid-19 pandemic

We’re now a few weeks into the Coronavirus pandemic and, for all the conflicting sources of information, the consensus seems to be that we have definitely not yet seen the worst of it.

Here are a few reasons why a woodburner is a useful thing to help you through the current situation and any similar situations in the future.

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Can you install a wood-burning stove…?

We get asked – and always do our best to answer – a lot of questions by people who are considering buying a wood-burning stove. A significant proportion of those questions start, “Can you install a wood-burning stove…?”

With plenty of myths, misconceptions and misinformation floating around, many people are left wondering whether or not installing a woodburner in their property is even possible.

So, with that in mind we’re trying to answer as many of those “Can you install a wood-burning stove…?” as we can in one blog post. Here we go.

Can you install a wood-burning stove if you don’t have a chimney?

Yes, there is no reason why you can’t install a wood-burning stove just because you don’t have a chimney. For most properties without a chimney, a twin wall flue will serve as the ideal chimney replacement. You can read more about installing a twin wall flue in a property with no chimney in this article.

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