5 beautiful cream wood-burning stoves

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You could be forgiven for thinking that cream is the new black in the world of wood-burning stoves.

With the popularity of the humble woodburner continuing to grow and showing no sign of slowing down, many stove manufacturers are experimenting with different colours and finishes for their appliances.

One particularly widespread option is to ditch the traditional matt black look in favour of a cream enamel finish.

There are several reasons why cream woodburners are proving to be a hit with manufacturers and consumers alike: Continue reading

Smart bunnies buy wood-burning stoves

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With the cold weather now upon us, it’s human (and rabbit) instinct for our thoughts to turn to ways of keeping our homes nice and cosy for the winter ahead.

We thought this illustration by artist Will Charlesworth summed things up rather nicely.

Should you find your own mind is wandering towards daydreams of a roaring wood-burner in your home, have a look at our collection of wood-burning stoves.

If you have similar taste to Bertie Bunny, we’d recommend an appliance from Firebelly Stoves.

Can you heat your radiators with a wood-burning stove?

If you’re considering installing a wood-burning stove to cut your central heating bills, one of your primary concerns is ensuring the heat generated by the woodburner warms more than just the room its in.

The good news is that you can use a wood-burning stove to heat radiators throughout your home.

To achieve that you will need to buy a boiler stove rather than a regular wood-burning stove. A boiler stove is very similar to any other stove except that it includes a back-boiler.

When your stove is lit it not only heats the room but the boiler, too. You can plumb the stove into your heating system to provide hot water and heat your radiators.

This is likely to increase your installation costs, but it will also increase the savings you’re able to make once the stove is fitted.

Five of the best boiler stoves

Arizona Montana 657B 11.5 kW multi fuel boiler stove

Our most affordable boiler stove is the Arizona Montana. It generates a heat output of 11.5kW for a very reasonable investment of £719.10. An output of 4kW goes towards heating your room, while the remainder goes to the boiler.

It’s a traditionally-styled cast iron multi-fuel stove. The heat for your radiators is provided by a high efficiency wrap-around steel boiler. Find out more.

Arizona Nevada 677 21 kW multi fuel boiler stove

Another Arizona stove that is traditional in its appearance, but the Nevada benefits from a substantial increase in heat output.

The 21kW output is outstanding value for money at just £809.10. Your hot water and cosy radiators are provided by a large thermostatically controlled steel wrap-around boiler. The boiler is integrated within the firebox, which is dressed in cast iron panels to ensure it retains the aesthetics of a classic stove. Find out more.

Stratford 7HE Eco Boiler Multi-fuel Boiler Stove

Stratford is one of the most respected manufacturers of boiler stoves. It is the boiler stove brand name of Arada Stoves, the company that makes the popular Aarrow stoves.

The 7He model (also known as the EB7HE) is the entry level model. It includes stylish curved surfaces to strengthen the stove body, an insulated boiler top to maximise heat transfer and a thermostatic control. Find out more.

Firebelly FB2 Black 12 kW Woodburning Boiler Stove

This Firebelly stove lets the flames do the talking. That large glass door gives an incredible view of what’s going on inside the stove.

Beyond that, there’s a stripped back, modern appearance that gives a lovely contemporary appearance.

There is a heat output of 12kW, some 7.9kW of which goes towards heating your water and radiators. Find out more.

Stratford 25HE Eco Boiler Multi-fuel Boiler Stove

The Stratford 25HE is the most powerful boiler stove we stock. With an impressive 25kW heat output, there is plenty of energy to heat your room and radiators throughout your house.

As with the Stratford stove we’ve already shown you, this appliance boasts strong, curved surfaces, an insulated boiler top and a discrete thermostatic control. Find out more.

Looking for something a bit different? See our full range of boiler stoves.

5 of the best DEFRA approved wood burning stoves

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If you live in a smoke control area – or even if you simply want to be certain that your stove has gone through a rigorous testing process – buying a DEFRA approved wood burner is a great option.

These are appliances that have been certified by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to say that the emit so little smoke that they are suitable to be used even in smoke control areas. These are densely populated areas which are – or were at the time when they were created in the 1950s and 1960s – considered to be at risk of smog and air pollution. Continue reading

Daily Mail: Energy from woodburners costs just 4p a kilowatt hour

It’s easy for us to track the increasing popularity of wood-burning stoves by the demand from our customers, but the trend for installing wood burners has now grown to such an extent that it is making headlines.

The Daily Mail has today reported on the UK’s love affair with the humble stove.

It reports:

Experts say sales of woodburners began to increase at the height of the recession as homeowners tried to reduce energy bills.

But they have also become a trendy centre-piece in the homes of many families – with new designs featuring bright colours, sleek and modern shapes and big glass windows.

The endorsement of woodburners by celebrities including pop star Lily Allen, celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, and the property developer and television presenter Sarah Beeny, have also helped to sustain the stove as a ‘must-have’ in home-decoration.

They are also becoming increasingly fashionable in towns and cities.

Perhaps more importantly, the article looks at the money-saving and environmental benefits of using a wood-burning stove.

It continues:

Despite the installation costs, wood for a stove can be cheaper to burn than other fuels.

Burning wood costs an average of 4p a kilowatt hour compared with 5p for gas and oil and 15p for electricity.

It also emits less carbon dioxide, a factor that attracts those concerned about the environment.

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