Do you like buying British when possible? If so, you would probably prefer to buy a British made wood-burning stove. The good news is that there are plenty of great options on the market when it comes to British made wood burners. In this article, we will look at some of the best stoves made in Blighty.
GBS Mariner 5 kW Multi Fuel Stove
As British built appliances go, the GBS Mariner is very reasonably priced. This 5kW model is available for just £295. It boasts a stylish, modern design and a high-quality steel body with clean lines. The stove body is covered by a 10-year guarantee. Have a closer look.
NB: The GBS Mariner is also available in a 4kW version.
Hamlet Solution 7 kW Multi Fuel Stove
The Hamlet Solution is another British made, contemporary stove with a stylish steel body. At the time of writing, it is available for £349.99. It too has a 10-year guarantee. Have a closer look.
NB: The Hamlet Solution is also available in 4.5kW DEFRA exempt, 9kW, 11kW 5kw inset, 7kW inset, 12kW inset, 9kW inset, 12kW boiler, 16kW boiler versions.
Villager Bayswater 7.5kW Multi Fuel Stove
The Villager Bayswater neatly combines a sleek modern silhouette with some traditional detailing, which means it is equally adept at adding some heritage to a new-build home or a subtle modern touch to an older property. Among the traditional features are a beautiful double door design. The stove body is covered by a lifetime guarantee, which suggests you can put plenty of faith in the quality of this British build.
Aarrow Ecoburn Plus 5 kW Flexifuel Multi Fuel Stove
Devon-made Aarrow stoves make some of the most popular contemporary stoves available, including the Ecoburn Plus 5 kW. As well as a stylish modern design, this appliance also boasts a large viewing window and a lifetime guarantee on the stove body. Have a closer look.
NB: The Aarrow Ecoburn is also available in 4kW, 7kW, 9kW, 5kW inset 7kW inset and 11kW inset versions.
When buying fuel for your wood-burning stove, choosing logs that have already been seasoned comes at a premium. Fuel retailers justifiably charge more for logs that have been cut, chopped and stacked for 12 months or so.
But how do you know just how well seasoned the logs you’re buying are, other than taking the word of whoever you’re buying them from that they are fully seasoned?
The easiest way to ensure you are not getting ripped off is to take a moisture meter with you when buying logs (or to have one handy when they are delivered to your home).
A moisture meter will tell you the water content of a log. A well seasoned log should have less than 25% moisture and might even be as low as 20%. If you find that the moisture content of logs you’re being supplied is much higher than that and they are being sold to you as seasoned logs, it is time to ask questions or find another supplier sharpish.
What’s the issue?
Aside from the possibility that you are being misled by the person selling the logs, green or freshly cut logs contain up to 45% moisture. When you burn logs that contain that level of moisture, a large amount of the energy created when you burn them is expended on evaporating the water rather than heating your room.
This also results in an inefficient burn, which creates more smoke. The lower temperature due to the poor burn can cause this excess smoke to condense while still in the flue and create a build-up of creosote. This further reduces your stove’s performance and increases the risk of chimney fires because it is flammable.
All of which means it is well worth investing a little over £20 to get your own moisture meter and check exactly what you’re burning on your stove.
Click here to buy a moisture meter.
Thanks to Peter Morson, who recently bought a Mazona Rocky 6 kW multi-fuel stove and everything else he needed to complete his installation from us.
Peter wasted no time in installing the stove in his home in Durham and kindly shared a selection of photos with us showing the installed Rocky in situ.
The Mazona Rocky is consistently one of our best-selling stoves. It offers a sturdy cast iron appliance, a traditional yet timeless design and an impressive 6kW heat output – all for a very reasonable price.
When it came to installing his Rocky, Peter had a decorative fireplace recess to work with, but no chimney, so a twin wall flue up the external wall of the property was the appropriate option.
Our customer support team was able to guide Peter through the plans for his installation to ensure he had all the parts required.
He wrote to us: “I’d just thought you’d like to see what can be done. Thanks again to Robin for getting the flue parts.”
If we can help you to plan your installation, please don’t hesitate to give us a call on the number at the top of the page. If you like the look of the Mazona Rocky 6kW, click here for a closer look. Alternatively, a slightly smaller version, the Mazona Signet 4kW stove, is available here.
Last but not least, if you are interested in twin wall flue installations, we have put together a guide to some popular twin wall designs. Download the twin wall flue guide here.
Following the fantastic response to our gallery of dogs and their woodburners, we felt it was only fair that the cat community should get their own version.
With that in mind, we have started putting together a collection of photos of feline firebugs: cosy cats who love to spend time relaxing by their woodburner.
If you know a cat who ought to be included, just submit your photo to us via the Gr8Fires Facebook page or Twitter account.
From Stephen Turner. Casper enjoying the warmth.
From John Russon. Good job it’s not lit!
From Anna Bartholomew. Chuckie queuing up at the fireguard.
From Anna Bartholomew. Monty wins the race on this occasion.
From Anna Bartholomew. Tommy’s turn.
From Sean Austin. The cheek of it!
From Sootbusters. A suitably soot-coloured cat.
From Martin Hayward and Stuart Douglas. A couple of kittens that come the bonus Jack Russells!