Olympics organisers will be hoping to avoid a giant barbecue at tomorrow’s opening ceremony

To celebrate the sweltering 30°C temperatures in London, tomorrow an enormous fire will be lit at the Olympic Stadium. Well, perhaps it will help to keep the chill away during the evening sessions.

As any wood-burning stove owner who has ever found a bird happily sitting in their firebox or discovered a nest in their chimney will testify, our feathered friends and fires should largely be kept separate.

So, it’s our hope that the London 2012 organisers have learnt the lessons of Seoul 1988. On that occasion, part of the opening ceremony included the release of hundreds of doves from the stadium. Continue reading

How wood-burning stoves could have saved the country £1billion this summer

How wood-burning stoves could have saved the country £1billion this summer

We always advocate installing a wood-burning stove to help cut heating bills. The biggest savings are obviously made during the winter months, but the atrocious weather so far this summer has given those of us fortunate enough to already own a wood burner extra money in our pockets.

UK residents are believed to have spent close to an extra £1 billion as they turned to their central heating systems to help stave off the unseasonal chill. That has seen many people’s summer heating bills increase by around 200% in comparison to previous years. Continue reading

Tips on cleaning a wood-burning stove

Tips on cleaning a wood-burning stove

The chances are you installed a wood-burning stove either because you like the aesthetics or to save you money on your heating bills. For either of those reasons, cleaning is a vital part of ensuring you continue to reap the benefits of your stove.

Not only does regular cleaning keep your stove in immaculate condition, it also ensures that it continues to perform as efficiently as possible.

It’s not really possible to ‘over clean’ your stove. As a bare minimum you should give your stove a thorough clean every three months. Continue reading