Meet the manufacturer: Firebelly Stoves

FireBelly Stoves

Yorkshire-based Firebelly Stoves is one of the latest wood-burning stove manufacturers to be stocked by Gr8fires.co.uk. That means it is the next brand to be featured in our Meet the manufacturer blog series.

In this article, we’ll aim to give you a flavour of Firebelly Stoves by looking at some of the key appliances within the range.

Firebelly designs and manufactures its stoves. The collection includes wood burning, multi-fuel and gas stoves, each of which are made in the distinctive Firebelly style. Continue reading

Tips on cleaning a wood-burning stove

Tips on cleaning a wood-burning stove

The chances are you installed a wood-burning stove either because you like the aesthetics or to save you money on your heating bills. For either of those reasons, cleaning is a vital part of ensuring you continue to reap the benefits of your stove.

Not only does regular cleaning keep your stove in immaculate condition, it also ensures that it continues to perform as efficiently as possible.

It’s not really possible to ‘over clean’ your stove. As a bare minimum you should give your stove a thorough clean every three months. Continue reading

Shut that door! The importance of closing the door on a wood-burning stove

Shut that door

Something that often causes confusion among wood-burning stove newcomers is the door. Should it be open? Should it be closed?

The short answer is closed.

And in most stoves it’s better to close the door as soon as possible. The reason is quite simple. With the door closed, your stove is up to 60% more efficient than if you have the door open. That means more heat in the room and less expense for you.

The confusion probably stems from people who are used to that instant blast of heat that comes from lighting an open fire. With a wood burner, you’re not supposed to feel the heat from the flames. Not directly, at least.

The flames in the firebox heats the metal panels that make up your stove. They, in turn, heat the rest of the room. It’s a more efficient way of heating your home than an open fire because less heat escapes.

If you think about it, closed is the obvious answer. Otherwise some enterprising company would have stopped putting the doors on and sold them at a cheaper price!

When to close the door

Assuming you’ve set your stove with newspaper and kindling, as soon as you’ve lit the newspaper is usually the best time to close the door. You should already have the air vents open while lighting the stove, so there is still a good air supply.

Some stove manufacturers prefer you to keep the door slightly open during these initial stages of the lighting process. Check your manufacturer’s manual to see if this is recommended for your stove.

You’ll soon learn what works best for your stove from experimenting. Even if you are leaving the door ajar, as soon as the stove is properly lit you should close the door.

For more information on wood-burning stoves, please visit Gr8Fires.

Get the fireplace accessories that complement your wood-burning stove

Get the fireplace accessories that complement your wood-burning stove

A wood-burning stove is the perfect feature for any fireplace. But just like when you make a big purchase for your wardrobe, it’s accessorising that really completes the look.

You need accessories that make looking after your stove easier, and add to the character of your fireplace. Here a few ideas of some fireplace accessories that fit both both those criteria. Continue reading

Types of fuel for use in wood burners and multi-fuel stoves

Types of fuel for use in wood burners and multi-fuel stoves

If you’re wondering what fuel is best to use in your stove, we’ll aim to give you some guidance in this blog post.

While we’ll try to keep the advice as general as possible, it’s worth pointing out that anything your manufacturer says in the user manual about the type of fuel that’s best for your stove should take precedence over our tips.  Continue reading

Romancing the stove: would a wood-burning stove work wonders for your love-life?

Romancing the stoveThrough the Gr8fires Twitter account, we always try to keep up-to-date with all the latest online chatter about wood-burning stoves.

It never ceases to amaze us how many people post giddy messages of being head-over-heels in love all over again after a wonderful weekend break at a holiday home with a wood-burning stove. The stove always gets a special mention, of course.

So, if it can work such wonders over a weekend, imagine what it would do if you had a wood-burning stove at home?

We’re inclined to agree with the lovebirds who come back from their holiday praising the virtues of the wood burner. There is something inherently romantic about a wood-burning stove.

Fire is primal, for starters. People have been lighting fires to keep cosy for thousands of years. There’s something about that lineage and performing that basic act of survival that stirs something in a lot of people.

Romancing the stoveThen there’s the relaxation aspect. Watching the flames licking the stove door is highly therapeutic. It seems to make the worries of the world drift away and also has the habit of helping a glass of wine go down very well.

A wood-burning stove encourages quality time. It’s a focal point that you’re inclined to gather around with almost magnetic force. Whether you then want to read a book together, watch a film or just chat doesn’t really matter. Stoves somehow bring people together.

What about mood-setting? Well, soft lighting doesn’t get much softer than the flames from a stove. And we can all agree that a stove’s primary function – romance or not – is to create a cosy atmosphere, so you’re guaranteed a nice environment in which to snuggle up.

People go away and enjoy the simple pleasures that come from having a stove, but sometimes don’t seem to make the connection that they could have those pleasures at home all year round.

If you’re thinking about adding a little more romance to your home, please take a look at our range of wood-burning stoves.

What does the heat output of a wood-burning stove mean?

What does the heat output of a wood-burning stove mean

The obvious answer is that the heat output of a wood-burning stove is a measure of the amount of heat the wood burner is pumping out. But you’re probably more interested in what that means for you before you buy a wood-burning stove.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the higher the number, the more heat your stove is producing. Heat output is provided by stove manufacturers in kilowatts (kW). So a 6kW stove will give out more heat than a 4kw stove. Continue reading

Meet the manufacturer: Invicta

Invicta

French stove manufacturer Invicta is definitely at the more contemporary end of the Gr8Fires stock.

The Invicta brand is built around eye-catching designs and a very modern look. From a fresh take on the traditional wood-burning stove, to ornamental wood burners you could easily confuse for art installations, Invicta focuses on making stoves that are as beautiful as they are functional.

With such a diverse range of designs on available it is difficult to know which stoves to highlight to introduce you to the range. We’ve done our best to find three stoves that span the spectrum of Invicta’s output. Continue reading