Paragon P8 installed recently in Low Fell with a bespoke Perla Marble fireplace. It has an output of 4.4Kw and is 81% efficient.
Why Should I Use a Wood Burner?
As well as being lovely to look at, stoves boast an energy efficiency of up to 80%. Think of the money you will save on your utility bills.
How About an Open Fire? That Sounds Like Less Work?
Maybe so, but the average open fire can only offer an energy efficiency of around 15%.
Can I Install a Wood Burner With No Professional Input?
No. At the very least you’ll need to have tour installation inspected and be handed a HETAS certificate, and it’s very highly advisable to consult with professionals at various points along the process.
How Much Will a Wood Burner Cost?
That depends entirely on what you have done. Wood burner prices vary wildly depending on size and brand (you may find it more cost effective to purchase a display model from a showroom), and you will need to spend more if you need a hearth. Get a quote from a professional for both the log burner itself and the installation, and decide how you would like to proceed.
Do Wood Burners Smell?
If installed correctly, you will not smell anything inside your home.
Are Wood Burners Dangerous?
All stoves will come with a lockable door to protect curious children and pets from the flames, but obviously this will run hot. The biggest danger of a wood burning is an incorrect installation that leaves you at risk of exposure to carbon monoxide, which it is why it is vitally important to ensure your stove complies with building regulations.
Do Wood Burners Require Much Maintenance?
You’ll have to clear away the ash of your burned logs regularly and wipe down the clear window as that will get smokey, but in terms of chimney maintenance you’ll just need to have that swept once per year.
I Live in the City Centre – Can I Still Have a Wood Burner?
You may be restricted by the Clean Air Act. If this is the case you’ll need a DEFRA-exempted stove.
Will I Need a Wood Burner Fan?
Not necessarily. These can be great additions to stoves in large rooms as they distribute the heat a little more evenly, but many people are perfectly happy with the warmth generated by a standard log burner.
Are Wood Burners Environmentally Friendly?
Opinions differ on this subject. Burning wood is considered to be a carbon-neutral activity as trees absorb as much CO2 as stoves release, but some people may consider any kind of gas release to be undesirable.
Time for Ecodesign?
Now is a good time to look at replacing your stove – if of course you have been thinking about such. There are a number of benefits to starting your review for a new stove now:
Lovely stove project completed in Heaton today.
The Classic 8 has always been a very popular choice of stove, delivering around 8kW of heat to the room. All the standard features apply: air wash, clean burn technology and brick firebox lining, as well as an optional canopy to transform its looks, riddling grate, back-boiler and choice of colours. This is an exceptional stove and, as many existing customers will tell you, an excellent investment to the home.
Nice project we completed recently in Whitley Bay.
Inferno Fires & Stoves offer:
The focus of their gas fires is on safety & design. Safety is integrally guaranteed in the development process which has led to various patents. The many finishing touch possibilities result in the characterising Bellfires design; classy and tailor-made in detail to your living style.
Their fireplaces offer open fire place comfort with the ease of use of a gas heater: You control the fire with your remote.
British made for the British market. Infinity HD Gas Fires have the appearance of Continental fires although they are designed to work in UK households.
This new range of Infinity HD gas fires is the second generation offering of the popular range from Charlton & Jenrick.
These new fires build on the looks and performance of the original range, and now offer improved fuel beds and flame pictures. With mains electric power and improved firebox liners, these fires are designed to impress.
Being mains powered offers a number of advantages over the battery operated versions, most notably no need to be regularly replacing batteries. The lack of batteries also means reduced metal work at the front of the fire, meaning you see more flame and fuel bed, and less metal work framing your fire. The mains power is provided by a lightweight 9V cable, which will easily fit under skirting board or flooring, and plugs into a standard socket.
Should there be a power cut to your home, the fire is supplied with a battery pack that can easily be plugged into the fires power supply, by removing the cable from the transformer and connecting to the battery pack.
Choice of Logs:
Choose from realistic effect Walnut or Silver Birch logs on your Infinity HD fire.
Three Firebox Liner Options:
All four Infinity HD models give you the choice of three firebox liner options. Choose from Beige Vermiculite, Red Brick or Black Mirror Glass.
Standard or Reduced Reflectivity Glass:
All the Infinity HD gas fires are glass fronted to make them ultra efficient. You have a choice whether to have the standard glass, or the optional reduced reflectivity glass. The reduced reflectivity eliminates the majority of reflection to give the appearance of an open fire without any glass in it.
Black Glass Fascia Option:
The 480HD, 780HD and 800HD all have an option of a modern stylish black glass fascia for the fires when installed into the wall.
You can view the entire Infinity range, including the HD variety online at http://www.charltonandjenrick.co.uk/brands/infinity/gallery/
You can download the latest Infinity HD brochure here
Our client had no chimney and wanted a contemporary look. Inferno came up with this bespoke limestone fireplace using the new e600gf electric fire.
The e-series is our award winning modern day range of built in electric fires, powered by the very latest LED lighting technology.
The simplicity of the e-series enables absolute freedom to create and design individual feature fireplaces, as it is electrical there are no limitations to where a e-series product can be installed.
With a choice of effect sizes, from 500mm to 1800mm as well as two or three sided glass models the e-series offers greater scope and choice to any installation.
We understand that buying a wood burning stove, whether it is for the first time or a replacement is a big deal. Along with deciding on style and design, you will also have a number of questions that will no doubt arise. Below are a number of questions typically asked by people who are considering investing in a wood burning stove.
1. Should I replace my old stove?
In recent years, stoves have become much more energy efficient. This means you get the same amount of heat, from less wood. This saves you money and helps contribute to a cleaner environment. All our stoves are ecodesign ready. In 2022 there is legislation coming into effect, which means all stoves must be ecodesign compliant. We are ahead of the game by several years, which means you can enjoy world class stove efficiency today.
2. What heat output is best for me?
Stove heat output levels are important. A too larger stove for a room will make things very uncomfortable, and a too smaller one will not have the power to sufficiently heat a room. Required heat outputs can vary to a large extent, below are a few examples of quite how much this variance can be, using a set formula. As a general rule, to make a room 21°C when it’s 1°C outside, you will need 1kW of heat output for each 14 cubic metres of space.
Room Size (medium sized lounge) – w. 18ft – h. 7ft – l. 12ft
New Build – 2Kw
Uninsulated – 4.4Kw
Room Size (large lounge) – w. 25ft – h. 8ft – l. 20ft
New Build – 3.8Kw
Uninsulated – 11.6Kw
Room Size (very large lounge) – w. 30ft – h. 8ft – l. 40ft
New Build – 9.1Kw
Uninsulated – 27.8Kw
3. What wood can I burn?
There is a wide range of wood available to you to burn on your stove. Below is an overview of the ideal wood:
The Best Wood:
Ash – Ash is thought to be one of the very best woods for burning. Ash creates a steady flame and a good heat output. Unlike other wood, ash can be burnt when green, but like with most wood burns at it’s very best when it is dry. Ash tends to have a very low moisture content when live, which is the main reason why you can burn it when it is green.
Beech – Like ash, beech burns very well. However, it does not burn well when green due to it’s much higher moisture content when live. Beech can be identified by it’s pale cream colour with a pink or brown hue.
Hawthorn – This type of wood has a slow burn rate, and a good heat output.
Rowan – Similar to hawthorn, rowan has a very good heat output that burns slowly. Rowan is also know as Mountain Ash.
Thorn – Thorn produces very little smoke, which makes it an ideal wood where excessive smoke could be an issue.
Yew – Slow burn and produces a great, intense heat. Burning yew also produces a pleasant scent, which makes it stand out a little more over other woods.
Other good wood:
Apple – Apple has a small flame and tends to not produce sparking or spitting. The flame burns slowly and produces a good level of heat output along with a nice scent too.
Birch – Birch is similar to ash in that it can be burnt when green. It does produce a good heat output and a strong flame. Yellow Birch and Black Birch (also know as Mountain Mahogany, Sweet Birch and Cherry Birch) produces the best firewood.
Cedar – Cedar fire wood is quite distinctive as it can spit and crackle when burning. Although the flame from cedar is small, it does tend to last a long while and has a strong heat output.
Cherry – Cherry needs to be well seasoned but does burn well and produces a good heat. It is easy to split too, which is ideal if you are having to cut your own firewood.
Hazle – This is a fast burning wood, which works best when fully seasoned. Does not split unlike other woods such as cherry.
Hornbeam – This burns in a similar way to beech, which is similar to ash – both are excellent firewoods.
Horse Chestnut – This wood is ideal for burning in wood stoves but not open fires as it does spit a great deal.
Oak – Probably the best know wood in the UK for a range of reasons. It is a popular wood for furniture but also it makes great firewood. It burns very slowly and makes a small flame. It burns best when seasoned for a very long time (usually 2yrs+).
Pine –The resin sap can cause deposits to form in the flue in a chimney, which can increase the risk of a chimney fire, so use with caution. It does however produce a good flame.
4. What if I live in a smokeless zone?
All our stoves are DEFRA capable or already exempted for burning wood in UK smokeless zones, and produce particulates and visible smoke levels 60% or more below DEFRA limits.
Modern stoves are designed to burn only dry wood. Failure to follow this advise will lead to an increase in smoke and increased emissions, which will produce a poor heat output. The problems don’t end there either. Burning unseasoned “wet” wood will cause blackening of the stove glass and will also build up soot in the chimney, which can increase the risk of chimney fires, and potentially carbon monoxide poisoning.
Freshly cut wood typically has a moisture content of around 70% or more. Some woods, like ash have a much lower moisture content, as they retain much less water when they are alive, compared to other woods. However, even with woods like ash, they still burn much more effectively when correctly seasoned.
Below is an example of how the various moisture levels have a direct impact on the heat output of a fire. There is a huge different between partly seasoned wood (40%) and correctly seasoned wood (20-25%). The lower the moisture level, the higher the heat output.
A lower moisture output is preferred – but only up to a certain level. Anything below 20% is not advised. Burning wood, which has a too lower moisture level will cause the wood to burn too fast, produce too much of an intensive heat, and not last long. Ensuring your wood is around 20-25% is ideal.