Seal your woodburner and flue with high temperature sealant

No wood-burning stove installation is complete with a trusty tube of high temperature silicone sealant.

For obvious reasons, you will want to make sure that the stove and flue is correctly sealed before starting to use it. Any gases and smoke produced by your woodburner need to be burnt in the firebox when flammable, then make their way up your flue pipe.

To avoid smoke seeping into your room, you don’t want any gaps through the components of your stove system where it might get out. Equally, to avoid causing damage to your stove and get the most value from the fuel you burn, you do not want air to be able to get into your stove through such gaps and cause the appliance to operate at too high a temperature. Continue reading

25% of new woodburner owners aren’t told how to use their stove correctly

A quarter of people buying their wood-burning stoves are not told how to use their stove safely and effectively, according to a survey by Which? magazine.

The survey found that one in four of the 1,413 respondents did not feel they had been given enough information on how to use their stove. Some 7% of stove owners said they had not been given any information at all. Continue reading

Recommended smokeless fuels for multi-fuel stoves

A question we are often asked is: what are our recommended smokeless fuels for multi-fuel stoves?

We try to steer clear of pointing people towards a particular brand. There are too many options, regional variations and competitors of varying sizes to start picking one or two out and saying, ‘these are the ones for you’. And some fuels seem to work better in particular appliances.

So, what we can offer instead is a set of ground rules that if you follow them should lead you to a smokeless fuel that would be worthy of our recommendation. Continue reading