Spring & Summer Woodburner Care Week: Round-Up

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Hopefully you’ve found the Spring & Summer Woodburner Care Week tips useful. To round off the week, here is a recap of all the things we’ve discussed so far.

The main things you need to do in order to keep your stove in prime condition through the summer months:

If, in the course of the cleaning and check-up process, you find any parts that are worn, warped or broken, you can look for replacement in our stove spares section.

Spring & Summer Woodburner Care Week: Storing and Seasoning Wood

So far, all of the Spring & Summer Woodburner Care Week tips we’ve shared have been about keeping your stove in tip-top condition while it’s out of use. Today we’re looking forward to when the season changes again and your woodburner is back in regular use.

In particular, we’re looking at something you can do right now to help your stove through the forthcoming winter: seasoning wood.

Burning seasoned wood encourages a more efficient (and therefore less expensive) burn. It also helps to minimise wear and tear to your stove and the build up of creosote in your stove system.

Now is a great time of year to start storing wood for the winter (or, ideally, the winter after that). With most people using fewer logs than during the colder weather, logs are easier to come by so you should be able to find plenty to start seasoning.

If you do that, your fuel will have a lower moisture content, burn more efficiently and generate more heat when you come to use it. A moisture meter will help your work out if your logs are sufficiently seasoned.

Find out more about seasoning wood over the summer.

Spring & Summer Woodburner Care Week: An easy door ‘trick’ to stop stove corrosion

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The tips we’re sharing as part of Spring & Summer Woodburner Care Week don’t get much simpler or more effective than today’s. Are your ready for it?

Here goes…

Open the door.

That’s it. Simple as that. Leaving your stove’s door ajar when it is out of use during the summer months encourages air flow and ventilation through the stove system and flue.

This flow of air helps to prevent your stove and its parts from corroding. A very simple measure to take, but one that is well worth doing.

While you’re opening the door, it’s worth checking your stove rope.

Spring & Summer Woodburner Care Week: Getting your chimney swept

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We mentioned earlier in Spring & Summer Woodburner Care Week that it was important to clean your stove to avoid corrosive materials sitting for extended periods of time. The same applies to the rest of the stove system, which means it is a good time to call upon the services of a chimney sweep.

Getting your chimney swept now will remove any build-ups of creosote, which will help to improve the efficiency of your woodburner and reduce the risk of chimney fires. It will also get rid of any corrosive soot, which might otherwise cause problems over the summer.

And getting a sweep in now means your stove will be ready for action again as soon as the temperature drops.

This blog post was written for people who hadn’t had their chimney swept during the summer and were about to start using their stove again in autumn, but the advice on finding a sweep might be of use to you.

Get tips on finding a chimney sweep.

Spring & Summer Woodburner Care Week: Checking your stove parts

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While you were undertaking your woodburner spring clean, you might have noticed some wear and tear to your stove’s internal parts.

After a long, hard winter of keeping you warm, your stove could be starting to feel the effects. This is especially true if you have been operating the stove at too high a temperature (getting a stove thermometer will put an end to that), burning unseasoned wood or allowing ashes to sit for extended periods of time.

To get your stove back in prime condition, you need to carry out an MOT and replace any parts that are worn or broken. So, that’s the next stage of our Spring & Summer Woodburner Care Week.

Get tips on checking your stove parts here.

You should also look out for rust when performing your check-up. Find out what to do if you find rust on your woodburner.

Meet the Manufacturer: Celsi Electric Fires

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We’ve recently started to stock Celsi Electric Fires, so we wanted to give you an opportunity to get to know their collection of stylish electric appliances a bit better.

Perhaps the first thing to say is the Celsi, which is one of the brand names of Stoke-on-Trent based BFM Europe, is that their appliances are manufactured in the UK. As such, they are made with the levels of expertise, innovation and quality you would expect.

Aside from the technical sides of things, they also look great. Celsi makes some excellent chic free-standing and wall-hung electric fires. Let’s take a look at soome of them now. We’ll go on a whistle-stop tour of some of the most popular appliances to give you an overview of the collection.

Celsi 16 Accent Infusion Chrome
Celsi 16 Accent Infusion

A sleek, modern electric fire. The Accent Infusion is one of the best-selling appliances in the range. It is a versatile fire that looks at home alongside a variety of different decor styles. Also available in black and brass versions. Click here to have a closer look.

Celsi Electriflame XD Landscape
Celsi Electriflame Landscape
This is the first wall-hung electric fire we’re featuring. The Electriflame XD Landscape is an impressive appliance and will add an eye-catching, but also practical, contemporary design feature to your wall. Also available in portrait. Click here to have a closer look.

Celsi 16 Traditional Inset Daisy Black
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Celsi can also do timeless and rarely is that more apparent than in the case of the Traditional Inset Daisy Black. It is, as the name suggests, a traditional inset electric fire, but its minimalist detailing gives it a modern twist. Also available in brass and satin silver. Click here to have a closer look.

Celsi Puraflame Wall Mounted Curved
Celsi Puraflame Wall Mounted Curved

Another visually stunning electric wall fire. This one has a curved front. As you can see in the photo above, it looks the part in even the most chic of surroundings. Click here to have a closer look.

That’s just a flavour. Take a look at the full range.

Spring & Summer Woodburner Care Week: A spring clean for your woodburner

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Looking after your wood-burning stove isn’t just about caring for it when it is in regular use. In fact, there are a few measures you can take when your woodburner is out of use during the warmer weather to help keep it in tip-top condition.

Given that over the past couple of weeks we have had some sunny days, perhaps you have started to use your stove less frequently of late.

For that reason, we’ve made this week Spring & Summer Woodburner Care Week. Over the course of the week, we’ll share tips detailing how to minimise the risk of damage being caused to your woodburner while it is out of use. Let’s get started with a spring clean…

It is important to give your wood-burning stove a good clean before you stop using it regularly over the summer months.

Ashes can be corrosive if they are allowed to sit for a sustained period of time, so it is a good idea to clear them all out before packing your stove up. After all, the last thing you want to do is return to your woodburner in a few months to find that some of the internal parts have become worn.

In addition to the grate and ashpan, on top of the baffle plate is a prime location for ashes to gather, so make sure you remove all the internal parts for a thorough clean.

Get tips on cleaning your wood-burning stove here.

Meet the Manufacturer: Thorma Stoves

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Thorma is a Slovakian stove manufacturing brand. It has been around in its current guise since 1998, but followed in the footsteps of old manufacturing company Kovosmalt Fiľakovo, which had a 100-year history.

Thorma produces a host of heating products but, for the purpose of this Meet the Manufacturer guide, we’re most interested in their range of wood-burning stoves.

The company’s collection incorporates distinctively modern designs and others that are clearly influenced by traditional eastern European woodburners. That combination makes for some fresh and exciting appliances, some of which we will now have a look at in more detail.

Thorma Bozen Multi-fuel Stove Black
Thorma Bozen
As we mentioned above, the Thorma range incorporates stoves that offer a contemporary take on eastern European stoves. Nowhere is that more apparent than in the case of the Bozen. We’re simply not accustomed to this style of woodburner in the UK. As such, it makes for a really eye-catching design. It also boasts a deceptively large firebox. Have a closer look.

Thorma Falun 8kw Wood Burning Stove
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The Falun is another freestanding stove built in the tall style often favoured on the continent, but it offers a far more minimal and modern interpretation of that look than the Bozen. It includes a large window, which makes for an impressive display when the stove is lit. Have a closer look.

Thorma Andorra 7.5kW Wood Burning Stove
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The Thorma Andorra is a stylish and sleek woodburner. Its eye-catching curved design put it very much at the contemporary end of the spectrum of Thorma’s output. The impression created by the cylindrical body is only enhanced by the curved glass window. Have a closer look.

Thorma Atomik Wood Burning Stove
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The understated Thorma Atomik greets you with a flat steel front, broken by that impressive glass display window. This is another example of minimalism and simplicity shining through in Thorma designs. Have a closer look.

See the full collection of Thorma Stoves

Farage fires could damage woodburners

Setting fire to pictures of David Cameron, Ed Miliband or Nigel Farage could leave you out of pocket.

With the general election campaign now officially underway, households across the country will find leaflets from the various political parties landing on their doormat. But try to avoid the temptation to throw the leaflets onto your stove.

It seems likely that the election will be won and lost on the economy – but setting fire to election leaflets on woodburners is definitely a false economy.

We’ve already seen people celebrating the arrival of free fuel for their stoves in the form of election flyers and brochures through their letterboxes. In fact, people often seem to get a lot of enjoyment from watching leaflets from parties that definitely won’t be getting their vote go up in flames.

Unfortunately, these political statements can cause lasting damage to their stove.

Cracked glass, warping and holes

Woodburners are not designed to burn paper, which sets alight far more easily than the logs that are intended to be the main fuel source. While many stove owners use a small amount of newspaper when lighting their stove, adding paper once the stove is lit can cause the appliance to overfire. This means it operates at too high a temperature, which can harm the appliance.

Overfiring can cause a lot of damage, including cracked glass, holes to the internal parts and even warping of the flue pipe.

While we stock a range of spares to prepare for these eventualities, we would advise people not to burn election leaflets so that they don’t find themselves shopping for spares before 7 May.

Glossy election leaflets could cause additional problems. Burning them encourages creosote to build up in the chimney, which reduces the efficiency of a stove and increases the risk of chimney fires.

If plastics have been used in the item being burned, such as in wrappers or envelope windows, the fumes can also be toxic.