5 things new woodburner owners get wrong

Getting to grips with a wood-burning stove can be a steep learning curve if you’re completely new to them. Here are some of the main pitfalls that catch out new woodburner owners.

Leaving the door open

New woodburner owners often assume they should be able to leave the door open in order to feel intense heat from the flames, just as you would feel from sitting next to an open fire. This is incorrect. The job of the flames of a woodburner is to heat the metal case around it. The metal case heats the rest of the room, including you and any other occupants. Leaving the door open allows too much oxygen into the firebox, which causes your fuel to burn too fast and the stove to overfire. This can cause permanent damage to your stove. Continue reading

Drying clothes quickly and cheaply with a wood-burning stove

Wood-burning stoves have many advantages beyond their main purpose, and one of those advantages is that they can really speed up your laundry.

In the UK, for much of the year it can be difficult to get clothes dry outside. Our rainy climate means washing can often come in wetter than when it was hung on the line for much of the autumn, winter and spring. Continue reading

Why owning a woodburner is a bit like winning a major international football tournament

Did you know that a major international football tournament is getting under way in Russia? You might have heard about it on the TV.

After already completing tough qualification rounds, 32 of the world’s best teams will go up against each other to compete for the trophy.

The process they are undertaking has many similarities with owning a woodburner. Allow us to explain… Continue reading

5 great reasons to buy the Mazona Lydia 5 kW multi-fuel stove

One of the newest additions to our product range is the Mazona Lydia 5 kW multi-fuel stove. This stylish, contemporary woodburner is a great option for anyone on the lookout for a high quality woodburner, with a great modern design, that’s available at an affordable price, and is suited to a normal-sized living room.

That, in a nutshell, gives you a few of the reasons why the Lydia is already proving to be a very popular purchase among Gr8Fires customers. But let’s now look at those factors in a bit more detail. Continue reading

Our recommended DEFRA exempt woodburners

If you live in a smoke control area you will need a DEFRA exempt woodburner in order to take advantage of all the benefits that being a wood-burning stove owner can bring.

Many parts of the United Kingdom are with in smoke control areas where you are not allowed to emit smoke from your chimney. The exception is if you are burning an exempt fuel or using an exempt appliance. Continue reading

Log burner shop recommendations

Our log burner shop recommendations

Are you currently looking for a log burner shop at which to buy your new log burner? If so, our first recommendation would be to hold your horses.

Looking for a log burner shop in which to have a look at appliances is one thing, but going with the intention of buying is not advisable. Log burners are expensive purchases, and there is big price range between the cheapest log burners and the most expensive appliances. Going out to buy a stove without first doing your research is asking for trouble. Continue reading