Scandi style woodburners

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The Scandi look is an enduring design trend. Having emerged in the 1950s, it has since spread beyond the borders of Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland to living rooms around the world.

If your home is decked out in Scandinavian decor, you might be interested in finding a wood-burning stove to match. With that in mind, we’ve picked out a selection of woodburners we think work well with the Scandi look…

Dimplex Langbrook 5 SE Multi Fuel Wood Burning Stove
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The modern lines of the Dimplex Langbrook are well-suited to the mid-century stylings of the Scandi look. It is understated enough to fit in with any surrounding decor, but bold enough in its design to hold its own in any room. Take a closer look.

Invicta Ove 10 kW Wood Burning Stove
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Eggs have consistently been a source of inspiration in Scandinavian design, with Arne Jacobsen’s egg chair being the pinnacle of this. The Invicta Ove is actually a French design, but its egg-inspired design exudes Scandi sensibilities. Take a closer look.

Aduro Asgard 1 DEFRA Wood Burning Stove 5kW
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The Aduro Asgard 1 is a stove with genuine Scandi credentials because Aduro are a Danish manufacturer from Hasselager, near Aarhus. As you’d expect from Scandinavian design, form and function meet perfectly in this appliance, which has a price tag that’s not reflective of the level of thought that has gone into the design. Take a closer look.

Carron 7 kW Antique Finish DEFRA Multi Fuel Wood Burning Stove
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The Carron Stoves range includes several pastel finishes that are well suited to Scandi decor. This antique finish fits into that category, but comes with the added bonus that it reflects some of the teak tones that are also central to the Scandi look. Take a closer look.

Invicta Alcande 6kW Wood Burning Stove
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Another stove by French brand Invicta and another that could have been plucked straight from the Nordic countries. Its pleasing rounded, capsule-style design sits upon legs that might equally have served a set of Scandinavian chairs or perhaps a coffee table. Take a closer look.

My woodburner door is stuck

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Is your wood-burning stove door stuck? We appreciate that can be very frustrating. If you’ve spent a long time wiggling the door handle without any success, you might be stumped for ideas as to what to do next.

Perhaps you’re tempted to smash the glass just to create a way into the stove – please don’t! Instead try his…

How to open a seized woodburner door

The best way to open a wood-burning stove door when it is stuck closed is to find a way to extend the handle. For instance, do you have a pipe or wrench that you can attached to the handle? If so, this will create a bit of extra leverage, which will usually be sufficient to open the door.

Should I use WD40 on my woodburner door?

We wouldn’t recommend using WD40 or other oil-based lubricants because the door is likely to be stuck further on into the stove where the catch operates at the back of the door frame, so it is unlikely to solve the problem and might cause damage to the finish and paintwork of your stove.

Why is my door stuck in the first place?

If you know that your door has previously worked correctly, the most likely explanation is that some soot, tar or other kind of residue has settled around the catch and caused it to stick.

How can I stop my woodburner door getting stuck in future?

Once you get the door open, rub down the catch and the section of the door frame where the catch operates with a bit of sandpaper. This should remove whatever has been causing the problem and prevent it happening again.

Burning the fuels recommended by the stove manufacturer and only burning wood that has been fully seasoned will also help to limit the amount of soot and tar being generated by your appliance.

Likewise, ensuring it is operating well so that the smoke is pulled up the chimney and doesn’t have the chance to settle and solidify within the stove system will help to avoid problems in future.

Why has my woodburner set off the carbon monoxide alarm?

Please note: the information in this article is for guidance only. For a definitive answer as to what has caused your woodburner to set off the carbon monoxide, please consult a competent heating engineer.
Carbon Monoxide Alarm

Your carbon monoxide alarm is there to alert you that a potentially deadly gas is leaking from your wood-burning stove or other appliances in your home. Indeed, if your stove has been installed since 2010, it is a legal requirement.

So, if your alarm suddenly goes off it might cause you some panic. The first thing to do is ventilate the room to disperse the carbon monoxide. At this stage you can start to investigate what might be causing a leak.

Check the stove body

The first thing to check is for any obvious holes or cracks in the body of your woodburner or the flue. If there is damage to the body, it is likely that gases will be escaping. Depending on the severity of the fault, it might be possible to seal it with fire cement.

Check stove rope

The next item to check is the stove rope, which forms a seal around the stove glass and between the stove door and the body. If the rope has become broken, squashed or frayed, the seal might be broken and gases able to escape. If a visual check suggests problems, buy replacement stove rope.

Get your chimney swept

Your flue needs to be clear and hot to operate properly and suck on the stove to remove the gases. If it is blocked, it might be unable to do this and as a result the gases could stay in the firebox and leak out of the air vents.

Consider how you use the stove

Are you regularly operating the stove at a low level or slumbering the fire? If so, this too can cause problems. Similarly to a blocked flue, slumbering your stove prevents the gases from being sucked up the flue pipe. It is a bit like driving a car at 10mph in fifth gear. With the system lacking the oomph to clear the gases, they are again susceptible to leak through the air vents.

A woodburner’s air vents are essentially a controllable leak. They work on the basis that the draw up the chimney will be greater than the draw back into the room.

Still stumped?

If you can’t find a reason for your carbon monoxide alarm to go off, it is best to let an expert diagnose the problem for you. Get in touch with a competent heating engineer who will be able to advise you on what is setting off the alarm.