If one of your main reasons for installing a wood-burning stove is to cut your reliance on the electricity, gas or oil companies, then it is well worth considering opting for a boiler stove instead.
The stove function of a boiler stove is no different than any other wood-burning stove. You load the fuel just as you would with a wood-burning stove and lighting the stove is exactly the same. Continue reading →
Mention Chimney Sweeps to one of your more animated friends and they’ll probably break into a little dance and begin singing ‘Chim Chiminey, chim chiminey. Chim chim cher-oo!’ and doing an impersonation of Dick Van Dyke’s own brand of Cockney. They have a reputation for being lucky, as the song says, which apparently began when a sweep saved King George II from being run over by a horse and cart.
All wood-burning stove owners should get their chimney swept at least once a year, preferably more regularly. With our poor excuse for a summer starting to draw to a close and poor weather seemingly never to far away, now’s a good time to start thinking about calling upon the services of a chimney sweep.
If you think it won’t be too long before you’ll be wanting to light the stove fairly frequently – perhaps you already are – then don’t delay getting your chimney swept. Continue reading →
‘No hot ashes’ is the traditional message provided by dustbins to their owners. But once our ashes have cooled down, most of us throw them straight into the bin.
This is a bit of a waste really, so here are five examples of ways in which you might like to put your ashes to better use.
1. On your garden
Wood ash contains lots of goodness for your plants, including potassium, magnesium and phosphorus. Someone more green-fingered than Gr8fires will be able to tell you which plants will particularly benefit from your ashes. Continue reading →
If you have ever wondering how a wood-burning stove is made, wonder no more.
This excellent video, made by stove manufacturer Arada, shows you the exact manufacturing process that is followed to create the excellent finished products you see for sale on our website.
So, before you buy an Arada stove from the site, you can see how a fairly uninspiring sheet of metal is transformed into a beautifully designed appliance that will bring warmth to your home. Continue reading →