Which woods shouldn’t you burn on a woodburner?

It goes without saying that a wood-burning stove can be used to burn wood (the clue is in the name). But what isn’t immediately apparent is that there are some woods that you shouldn’t burn on a woodburner.

For a variety of reasons, there are woods that are best avoided when you are choosing the fuel for your stove. Here are some types of wood we would advise you not to burn on a woodburner. Continue reading

What does a wood-burning stove guarantee cover?

When you buy a new wood-burning stove, it will normally be covered by a guarantee. The nature of the guarantee varies between different stove manufacturers.

What is covered by a stove guarantee?

Usually, the stove guarantee will cover only the stove body itself. So, if the main construction of the stove starts to fall apart or deteriorate in any way, it would ordinarily be covered by the guarantee. Continue reading

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

7 recommended inset stoves

There are several advantages to installing inset stoves if the circumstances in your home are right.

Inset stoves slot straight into standard fireplace openings. If you currently have an open fire, gas fire or electric fire sitting in a regular fireplace, an inset stove offers an opportunity to switch to a logburner of multi-fuel stove without having to undergo major structural work.

That also means an easier (and therefore cheaper) installation process. Assuming everything is structurally sound, installing your inset stove shouldn’t be much more complicated than connecting your stove to a flue liner. And sometimes you can install even without a flue liner if your chimney is in a good condition. Continue reading

Which stove rope do you need for a Mazona Rocky 6 kW multi-fuel stove?

Mazona Rocky stove rope

Do you own a Mazona Rocky 6 kW multi-fuel stove? If so, at some point you will need to buy replacement stove rope for it.

The rope that helps to form a seal around the door and the glass is one of the consumable parts of a woodburner than will be subject to wear and tear over time. When that happens to the rope in your Mazona Rocky, make sure you buy the correct thickness of rope. Here’s what you need… Continue reading