Best-selling woodburners of 2014

As 2014 draws to a close, we thought we would look back at some of the most popular wood-burning stoves of the year. These are the stoves that were the best-sellers among Gr8fires.co.uk customer during 2014.

What does that mean for you?

Well, you can work to the assumption that people have seen something in these appliances – whether that’s price, design or glowing reviews – that has convinced them to buy in their droves. That might make these woodburners a useful starting point in your own search for a stove.

1. Mazona Olympus 8 kW Multi-Fuel Stove

Mazona Olympus bestselling woodburner
The best-selling woodburner of 2014 is the Mazona Olympus. This dependable woodburner is usually edged out by its slightly smaller cousin, the Mazona Rocky, but the extra 2kW heat output plus a very competitive price has seen the Olympus emerge victorious this year. Have a closer look.

2. Mazona Rocky 6 kW Multi-Fuel Stove

Mazona Rocky Cheap Wood-Burning Stove
As mentioned above, the Mazona Rocky has been our regular top-selling wood-burning stove in recent years, but there is no shame in being edged out by the excellent (and slightly bigger) Mazona Olympus in 2014. The Rocky continued to offer great value for money. Have a closer look.

3. Mazona Signet 4 kW Multi-fuel Stove

Mazona Signet Multi Fuel Stove
If the Rocky was the smaller cousin of the Olympus, then the Signet is definitely a younger sibling of the Rocky. The two stoves share a very similar design. The main difference is that the entry-level Signet level offers a 4kW heat output, which is ideal for snug spaces (as many people have found in 2014). Have a closer look.

4. GBS Mariner 4 kW Multi-Fuel Stove

GBS Mariner Multi-fuel stove
The GBS Mariner is one of the most popular of our small wood-burning stoves (by which we mean less than 5kW heat output). As well as being very well priced, the Mariner 4kW also offers sleek, modern lines. Have a closer look.

5. Evergreen ST0406GS Poplar 8 kW Multi-Fuel Stove

Evergreen Poplar
Another 8kW stove, just like the Mazona Olympus. Again, it is probably that sizeable heat output coupled with a low price that has made the Poplar such a popular woodburner in 2014. It is an uncomplicated but classically styled appliance. Have a closer look.

6. Mazona Orlando 5.6 kW Multi-Fuel Stove Small

Mazona Orlando
Another stove from our popular Mazona range. The Orlando is the smallest featured so far. It is another appliance that is quite traditional in its styling. Have a closer look.

7. Dimplex Westcott 5 Multi-Fuel Wood Burning Stove

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Dimplex is a well-known manufacturer of heating appliances. There popular Westcott stove is our best-selling woodburner from the Dimplex range and is in the top 10 overall for 2014. Have a closer look.

8. Mazona Aston 5.5 kW Multi-Fuel Stove

Mazona Aston
Yet another Mazona stove. The Aston is arguably slightly more modern in its styling than the other Mazona woodburners featured so far. It boasts clean, minimalist lines. Have a closer look.

9. GBS Mariner 5 kW Multi-fuel Stove

GBS Mariner 5 kW
The 4kW version is featured above and the beefed up 5kW version of the GBS Mariner is also among our best-selling stoves of 2014. You get the same contemporary looks and great price – the only real difference is the additional heat output. Have a closer look.

10. Dimplex Westcott Inset Multi Fuel Stove

Dimplex Westcott Inset
You’ve seen the standard version already, but the inset model of the Dimplex Westcott multi-fuel stove is also among our bestselling stoves of the past year. This version simply slots into an existing fireplace opening. Have a closer look.

Hang a discounted Dimplex Bizet on your fireplace for Christmas

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Christmas is a great time for hanging things at your fireplace and never more so than with this Dimplex Bizet Wall Hung Electric Fire.

It’s a stylish, wall-mounted fire, featuring realistic Optiflame log-burning effect. It also looks very festive when it’s dressed up for Christmas, as in the photo above.

13.4% off

The Dimplex Bizet is currently available for £237.60 – a 13.4% discount on its regular price of £274.51.

That makes it a welcome accompaniment to the stockings around your festive fireplace. But it will look just as good when the decorations come down…

Take a closer look at the Dimplex Bizet without its Christmas decorations.

PS. Want your new electric fire for Christmas? You’ll find information on Christmas deliveries here.

Installing a woodburner could add 5 per cent to your home’s value

Property: Woodburning stove add value home

Installing a woodburner could increase the value of your home by 5 per cent, according to the Daily Mail.

The newspaper reports that environmental awareness coupled with rising energy bills means that the presence of a wood-burning stove can make a property more valuable.

It says:

Soaring heating bills, environmentally-sound and clean fuels, and the return of people wanting more character in their homes have all contributed to a revival of the traditional fireplace and surround.

In fact, a feature fireplace can add up to 5 per cent to a home’s value. And at this time of year, the warm glow and crackle of logs burning in the hearth seem very appealing indeed.

On cutting heating costs, the Mail adds:

Heating just the room that you are in is certainly more cost-effective than centrally heating an entire house. Using wood as your heat source costs 2.5p per kw/h compared with gas at 4p and electricity at 11p, say HETAS, the solid fuels industry body.

Would that add up for your home?

Let’s do the maths to find out.

  • Take the value of your home and multiply by 0.5 to work out 5 per cent of its value.
  • Work out the cost of the woodburner you want. (The stoves on this list all cost less than £300.)
  • Estimate the installation costs. £1,500 to £2,500 is a rough guide, but you could use our stove installation cost calculator for a better idea.
  • Take the 5 per cent, then minus the stove cost and installation cost.
  • The figure you’re left with is how much value your woodburner could give you before savings on energy bills are taken into consideration.

Does a woodburner make sense for you?

If you calculated that installing a stove would make economic sense for you, you might want to nail down the precise cost of the appliance you would want to install.

Have a closer look at some of the options.

Christmas deliveries and opening hours at Gr8Fires.co.uk

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Are you planning on buying something from us to make your home a bit cosier this Christmas?

If so, we don’t want any disappointment, so the message is to get your order in sooner rather than later.

The cut-off date for pre-Christmas orders is 11am on Friday, 19 December, 2014. For our customers in Scotland, it is 24 hours earlier at 11am on Thursday, 18 December, 2014.

Subject to stock availability, orders placed before those deadlines will be dispatched before Christmas.

But please note…

Dispatching before Christmas doesn’t guarantee delivery before Christmas. We’re still at the mercy of the weather with deliveries, so if you are very keen to receive your purchases before Christmas, please get your order in as soon as possible.

What if I want to shop over the Christmas period?

You can shop as usual at Gr8fires.co.uk during the holidays, but the office and our telephone lines will be closed.

The office will close at the end of the day on Monday, 22 December, and reopen on Friday, 2 January. Any orders placed while we’re closed will be processed on 2 January when we return to work.

If you do want an order sent out before the festivities start, you can do your shopping here.

Happy Christmas to you and best wishes for 2015.

Download The Factsheet: Your All-In-One Guide To Woodburners

A whistle-stop introduction to wood-burning stoves

the all in one guide factsheet for woodburners

Are you thinking of buying a woodburner or multi-fuel stove? If so, you’ve probably got a lot of questions about things like:

  • Which type of stove you should buy
  • What size of stove you need
  • What you will be able to burn on your stove
  • The regulations around stove installations
  • Stove terminology
  • The costs involved

Well, all those topics and more are featured in our new wood-burning stove factsheet. It’s an at-a-glance guide to all things wood-burning stove-related.

The information is stripped back to the bare minimum so that you can get quick and easy answers to the questions you have. Just browse through the sections to find what you’re looking for, then find the information you need in one of the bitesize bullet points below.

And best of all it’s absolutely FREE to download.

Click here to download The Factsheet: Your All-In-One Guide To Woodburners

Five ways to clean your wood-burning stove glass

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Wood-burning stove glass will always get dirty. Though using your airwash system properly can help you to minimise the amount of soot and dirt that settles on the glass, with wood or coal being burned at high temperature in such close proximity, it is inevitable that some clouding will still happen.

Given that darkening of the glass in unavoidable you will need a way to clean it that will restore it to its sparkling former glory.

Cleaning wood-burning stove glass is one of those things that has created a series of unusual methods and tips that different people swear by. Once you find one that works for you, you are likely to stick with it.

Here are some ideas for removing dirt from your stove glass:

Damp cloth
The first port of call is a damp cloth. As with all the other cleaning methods discussed in this article, it should only be undertaken when the appliance is cool. Simply wipe the dark cloth on the inside of the glass in circular motions. In some cases, this will be sufficient to remove the dirt.

Newspaper dipped in ashes
At first, ashes might seem like a bothersome byproduct of your woodburner. In fact, they can be very useful. We discussed some uses for wood burner ashes previously on this blog, and one of those uses is cleaning stove glass. Once the ashes are cold, dip a piece of newspaper into them, then apply it to the glass in a circular movement. Devotees claim this is an effective way to remove soot. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.


Vinegar
Vinegar is a useful cleaning product around the home, and many people use it to clean their stove glass. Again, you just need to take a piece of newspaper, dip it into the vinegar, then apply to the glass using a circular motion. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.

Bicarbonate of Soda
Probably our least favoured option on the list, but worth a try if the others aren’t working for your stove, is bicarbonate of soda or baking soda. Simply add a small amount of water to it to create a paste, then apply to the glass. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.

Stove glass cleaner
An easy way to remove soot from your stove glass is to use a specialist stove glass cleaner. It is hard to beat this when it comes to convenience. The product comes in a spray bottle. You just need to squirt it onto the glass using the instructions given by the manufacturer, which usually recommend a clean with a damp cloth beforehand.

Buy stove glass cleaner now.

Gr8Fires.co.uk: where rock stars come to learn about woodburners

As regular followers of our blog or social media accounts will know, we always welcome questions, queries or quandaries. We will do our best to answer questions either there and then, by writing a blog post to provide advice or, if it’s a particularly complicated or specific enquiry, by chatting to you on the phone.

Although it’s something that happens regularly, it is still a bit unusual to hear from a musician with four top 40 albums under their belt.

But that’s precisely what happened last week when Andrew ‘Shay’ Sheehy, bassist with rock band Kids In Glass Houses, got in touch.

The group disbanded after a farewell tour that ended last month and, from what he was telling us, it sounds like Shay is using the extra time into a renovation project.

He contacted us via the @Gr8Fires Twitter account to ask: “Hi, I’m currently renovating a Victorian cottage. I have a chimney breast to the roof but the chimney stack has been removed…

“Could you recommend what I need to purchase to allow for a wood burner?”

We were able to advise Shay that a twin wall flue would be needed and asked him to give us a call to talk through the finer points.

As ever, if you’ve got any questions, feel free to ask away, top 40 albums or no top 40 albums.