Daily Telegraph recommends woodburners with hotplates as an ‘easy way to save energy this winter’

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Using your wood-burning stove is an easy way to save energy this winter, according to The Daily Telegraph.

The money-saving credentials of wood-burning stoves are well-documented. You can take control of your heating costs by switching off your central heating and instead using fuel that you can source for free or very cheaply. And you can also use a boiler stove to reduce your water heating expenses. But it’s also possible to save money on your cooking costs with a woodburner. Continue reading

How much space do you need to leave around a wood-burning stove?

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You’re thinking about fitting a wood-burning stove and you’ve got the perfect space set aside for it. But have you left enough space?

Deciding how much room to leave around the woodburner is influenced by two main factors:

1. The law

Building regulations dictate that your stove must be positioned three times the diameter of the uninsulated flue pipe away from combustible materials. So, if you have a 6-inch flue, that’s at least 450mm (18in) from combustible materials. Continue reading

What is the difference between a wood-burning stove and a multi-fuel stove?

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If you’re thinking about installing a wood-burning stove in your home, one of the first things you need to decide is whether it’s really a woodburner you want or a multi-fuel stove.

So, what’s the difference?

The biggest difference between the two is indicated by their names. A wood-burning stove is only equipped to burn wood. Multi-fuel stoves can also burn wood, but you have the additional option of burning other solid fuels. Continue reading

Use a moisture meter to save even more money with your wood-burning stove

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Once you have met the cost of installing a wood-burning stove, it’s down to the way you operate the stove to ensure it saves you as much money as possible.

One of the best ways to ensure you use your stove efficiently is to burn seasoned wood. This is wood that has been cut, chopped and left to dry and air for a prolonged period of time. Continue reading

Energy prices to soar within weeks

Energy price rises that will add around £140-a-year to the average energy bill are expected within weeks.

Reports in the Daily Mirror newspaper today claim that energy industry insiders have told them the price hikes are coming.

A source told the Mirror: “Unfortunately, we are expecting the announcement about price rises within weeks. Continue reading

How to replace cracked glass on a wood-burning stove

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Is the glass cracked in the door of your wood-burning stove?

If so, there’s no need to go to the expense of buying a new wood-burning stove. Instead you just need to replace the glass.

The important thing is that you do something: the glass is coping with the extreme temperatures that your stove generates. If you spot any breaks, holes or cracks, then the glass will be weakened. It’s best to replace it as soon as possible rather than risk the whole thing shattering one day. Continue reading

Are you one of the 38% of people concerned about how you will pay for your energy bills?

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More than a third of the UK’s population are concerned about how they will afford their heating bills this winter, according to a BBC Radio 5 live survey.

The survey of 1,035 adults found that 38% were worried about paying energy bills, with that figure even higher in the North West, West Midlands, East Midlands, Yorkshire and Humberside, and Northern Ireland. Continue reading

Five great value wood-burning stoves for less than £300

If you’d love a wood-burning stove for your home but are trying to achieve that on a budget, you might find the answer in this blog post.

We’re going to run through some of our best value wood-burning stoves. None of the wood-burners in this list cost more than £300, yet some of them generate a heat output of as much as 8kW.

So, without further ado, here are five stoves you can buy for less than £300.

Mazona Signet 4 kW Multi-fuel Stove
Mazona Signet Multi Fuel Stove

The Signet is Mazona’s entry level stove, with a heat output of 4kW. It’s very reasonably priced at just £234. That’s particularly good value when you consider it comes with a five year warranty. Continue reading