Why a woodburner is ideal for a great storm

Storm Ophelia is currently making its assault on the UK and Ireland. It is expected to be the biggest storm to hit these shores since the Great Storm of 1987.

At times like this, so many of the things we take for granted in modern life are snatched away from us. Disruptions to power supply can leave us without phones (landline and, by the time the battery goes, mobile), internet, television, cookers, kettles and heating.

That’s why a woodburner is ideal for a great storm.

A woodburner is sufficiently lo-fi that it does precisely what you need it to do when nature decides to put our hi-tech world back in its place.
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Storm Ophelia: Gr8Fires closed on 16/10/17

Our phone lines and office will be closed from 12.45pm due to Met Office storm warnings as Hurricane Ophelia approaches the UK.

This affects our warehouse and Irish call centre offices, which will be reopen tomorrow as normal.

Deliveries may be affected due to transport disruptions throughout the UK.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience. Feel free to send us a message on Facebook or via our website contact form, and we will get back to you tomorrow.

Of course, you can shop as normal on the website during the temporary closure and orders will be processed as normal tomorrow.

FURTHER REDUCTION: Mazona Olympus 8kW multi-fuel stove now just £225

We’ve reduced the price of the Mazona Olympus 8kW multi-fuel stove again.
It’s now available for just £225.

You might recall last month we told you that we had cut the price of the Mazona Olympus from £270 to £238. Well, we always keep an eye on wholesale costs and a host of other factors to make sure we’re offering you the best possible price at any given time.

As a result, we’ve been able to slash the price further to just £225.

That’s an incredible price for a stove that’s pumping out an impressive 8kW of heat.

Why would you want the Mazona Olympus 8kW multi-fuel stove?

There are lots of reasons why the Mazona Olympus is a great option if you’re in the market for a multi-fuel stove. These include:

  • That amazing £225 price tag.
  • An 8kW heat output that will make even larger rooms cosy.
  • A five-year warranty on the stove body.
  • Timeless woodburner design details.
  • Brass knobs and a robust brass door hinge bar.
  • Primary and secondary air controls.
  • Airwash system to keep your glass clear.
  • A choice of a top or rear exit flue.
  • A choice of burning wood or smokeless fuel.

People with bigger spaces to heat are usually forced towards buying more expensive appliances. The Mazona Olympus bucks that trend, particularly at its new price point.

What people say about the Mazona Olympus

Our customers have good things to say about the Mazona Olympus. For example:

“Ordered a Mozona Olympus stove and for the price you get a great stove the quality is second to none and you can get a good range of repairs. Delivery was on time it turned up when they said and delivery driver dropped it off at the door overall 10 out of 10.”Gordon

“It throws out a lot of heat, and is easy to use. It is very responsive , it makes a huge difference to our home. I would not be without it. The price was very good for the specification.”Helen

“Installed and and within an hour there was a marked improvement of warmth in the room. After a week I am over moon with this purchase.”Alan

“I’ve just purchased this one on the strength of the impressive performance of one of the same model, which I installed in a holiday home in the Lake District, two years ago, which is still giving good service, despite the abuse it receives from renters who’ve never encountered a living flame! Excellent value and service and would recommend you highly! Thank you!”Don

Read more Mazona Olympus reviews.

Why buy now?

As we mentioned above, we’re constantly monitoring our prices to make sure they are as low as possible. Of course, the factors that allow us to bring prices down can also require us to sometimes put them back up again. Other than by gazing into our crystal ball, we cannot say for sure if or when the Olympus will have to go back up in price, but £225 is a fantastic deal.

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Sadiq Khan and woodburners: Why the Mayor of London is wrong on stoves

London Mayor Sadiq Khan recently unveiled proposals that would allow him to ban wood burning in some parts of London.

He wrote to Environment Secretary Michael Gove to ask for greater powers that would allow him to introduce “zero-emission zones” in which burning wood and coal would be completely prohibited. He is also seeking tighter controls on stove sales.

While we share Mr Khan’s desire to see pollution curbed in London and other cities, he has got it wrong with this set of proposals. Here are a few of the reasons why…

1. Modern woodburners are very environmentally friendly

The wood-burning stoves sold by us and other stove retailers these days are a world away from wood-burning stoves of yesteryear. They incorporate a range of technologies that make them very green. These include:

  • Baffle plates to keep flammable gases in the firebox and out of the flue for longer.
  • Clever air systems that pump pre-heated air into the stove for a more efficient and more widespread burn of flammable gases that reduces emission of unburnt hydrocarbons.
  • In some cases, boilers that provide heat to radiators and central heating to reduce dependence on gas, oil and electricity.

There is a wealth of information available on how to operate woodburners in ways that make it even more environmentally friendly, so education is important, too.

Rather than a total ban on woodburners in some areas, Mr Khan might consider incentivising residents to scrap old, inefficient stoves in favour of new, cleaner appliances. The government’s scrappage scheme for older cars operates along similar lines. The old stove scrappage scheme could even be extended to open fireplaces because…

2. Woodburners are much more environmentally friendly than open fires

Although wood-burning stoves are taking the rap given their popularity, there are far more open fireplaces in London than there are woodburners. Depending on its efficiency and the fuel being used, a woodburner will lose around 20-30 per cent of unspent gases up the chimney and into the air. In an open fireplace, that figure is around 70-80 per cent, which means open fires create far more pollution than woodburners.

Tighter restrictions on woodburner sales would not do anything to solve pollution from open fires.

3. There is already legislation in place

The Clean Air Act already legislates for smoke control areas in London and other parts of the UK. Householders in smoke control areas are prohibited from burning wood and solid fuel unless they do so on an appliance exempted by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), or they use a fuel that is exempted by DEFRA. Breaking the rules can result in a fine of up to £1,000.

Local authorities could and should be doing more to clampdown on breaches of the Clean Air Act, which largely relate to open fires rather than stoves. If Mr Khan were to focus his efforts on better enforcement of this existing legislation, it would probably be a more cost-effective way of achieving the same goal.

4. Woodburners are cost-effective

Londoners have enough cost of living expense to deal with as it is. When used responsibly and legally, wood-burning stoves are a great, carbon-neutral way for people to heat their homes cheaply. A total ban being implemented in some areas would force people living in those places to once again become dependent on the big energy companies, whose price rises in recent memory have been of concern to politicians from all the main parties, including Mr Khan’s Labour party, and whose energy is predominantly generated by burning fossil fuels.

If you live in London and are worried about Mr Khan’s proposals, here is some advice on what you can do. Of course, you can also write to the Mayor to express any concerns you have about the plans.

Worried about Mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s proposed wood-burning stove ban? Here’s our advice…

Are you among the wood-burning stove owners in London who got a bit of a fright when Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announced plans for a clampdown on woodburners? Or perhaps you are thinking about buying a stove and Mr Khan’s plans have left you unsure as to whether to go ahead. In this article, we will aim to address those concerns by giving our advice based on the information currently available.

Write to Mr Khan

If, like us, you have doubts about the approach being taken by the Mayor, you can write to him to let him know. He is @MayorofLondon on Twitter.

2025 at the very earliest

Mr Khan’s plans for transport zero emission zones in some areas of London are not due to come into effect until 2025. His plans for zones where burning solid fuel is totally banned are unlikely to come into fruition any earlier than that. Mr Khan does not yet have the powers from government needed to implement his plans, so they are likely to be a long way off. We also think there are flaws in the Mayor’s approach to tackling air pollution, so it is possible that – even if Mr Khan does get the additional powers he has requested from the government – he or a successor will take a different path before the proposals come into effect.

Choose DEFRA exempt appliances

Mr Khan’s press release on the subject reads:

“The Mayor believes that more should be done to empower consumers to make the right choice, including better information at the point of sale and mandatory labelling of products that are legal to use in smoke control areas.”

That’s exactly what we do on our website, with an entire section dedicated to applianced that have been exempted by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) for use in smoke control areas. This is because they are deemed efficient and clean enough to be used even in areas susceptible to pollution. By opting for an appliance that is already DEFRA exempt, it sounds like you will be on the right side of Mr Khan’s thinking about suitable appliances.

In addition to exemption, the Stove Industry Alliance’s new Ecodesign Ready label is awarded to stoves, such as the Arada Farringdon Small 5kW Stove (pictured below), that are verified to meet some of the key components of the EU’s Ecodesign requirements for solid fuel local space heaters.

Upgrade old stoves

Following that point, if you do have old, inefficient woodburners in your home, start to put plans in place to upgrade. As we say, there is no rush in terms of Mr Khan’s proposals, but older appliances do pollute more, so installing a new, DEFRA exempt appliance will be good for the environment and hopefully future-proof your heating against the planned changes.

View DEFRA exempt woodburners.

Winner announced for our ‘Win a Mazona Olympus 8 kW multi-fuel stove’ competition

Thanks to the 2,552 of you who entered our competition to win a Mazona Olympus 8 kW multi-fuel stove.

The competition closed on Saturday night and we have now picked a winner at random. And the winner is…

Gavin Ellis

Congratulations to Gavin. We hope you will enjoy your new multi-fuel stove for years to come and we would love to see a photo once you’ve got it installed in your home.

All entrants can see a third-party certificate confirming that the draw was conducted at random here (the certificate also shows that Adam Boddy was selected as an alternate winner in the event that Gavin doesn’t claim/want his prize, though we can’t imagine that happening. Sorry, Adam).

For those who weren’t lucky enough to win on this occasion, the competition was to celebrate the Mazona Olympus 8 kW having its price cut from £270 to £238, so there is still opportunity for you to pick up one of your own at a very reasonable price. Click here for a closer look.