5 ways a wood-burning stove can cheer you up this winter

5 ways a wood-burning stove can cheer you up this winter

If you’re suffering from the Winter Blues, here are some thoughts on how you can use a wood-burning stove to bring a bit of cheer to the dull days and cold nights.

1. Weather proof heating
Winter is a time for broken boilers, cracked pipes, frozen roads stopping oil deliveries and a host of other problems that result in your heating being out-of-use when you need it most. That’s uncomfortable for all of us, particularly if there are young or elderly members of the household. If you’ve got a wood-burning stove, you’ve always got a form of heating that’s under your control and unaffected by cold weather. Continue reading

How to get the most out of your wood-burning stove for Christmas

How to get the most out of your wood-burning stove for Christmas

Wood-burning stoves are great all year round but, just like the elves at the North Pole, you really appreciate their hard work at Christmas time. Here are five tips to get the most from your wood-burning stove during the Christmas period.

1. Stock up on fuel now
You don’t want to breaking off the festivities to head out to buy matches, logs or kindling. Whatever fuel you use on your stove, make sure you get plenty of it in over the next couple of days so you can stay snug over the holidays. Continue reading

How to keep your wood-burning stove lit

How to keep your wood-burning stove lit

It’s decidedly chilly outside. If you’ve gone to the effort of lighting a wood-burning stove, you don’t really want to have to do it twice. You want to keep the fire lit and keep your home nicely snug. Here are our tips for keeping your wood-burning stove lit.

1. Light it properly
Just like start-up businesses, most unsuccessful fires fail before they’ve even got started. Getting a good fire going is the key to keeping your stove lit. Once you’ve got the guts of a blazing fire, it’s much easier to maintain. Follow our instructions on how to light a wood-burning stove to make sure you’re on the right track. Continue reading

Five great sources of free wood for your wood-burning stove

Five great sources of free wood for your wood-burning stove

Wood is already one of the cheapest ways to heat your home. But if you can find a way to secure free wood then it suddenly becomes much cheaper.

In this blog post, we’re going to look at some places you might be able to track down free or very cheap wood for your home.

1. Industrial woodworkers
If you’ve got sawmills, joiners or other woodworkers near to your home, it’s worth a quick telephone call to find out if they ever have off-cuts of wood that they need to get rid of. If one of the staff has a fire or wood-burning stove, you might find that any spare wood has already been spoken for. But you’d be surprised how many places not only have leftover wood but are also paying to dispose of it and are only too glad to give it away for free. Continue reading