Guest Blog: Mark from Heritage Stoves (with a competition!)
As autumn leaves start to fall and the chill of winter looms, it’s time to think about heating our homes. More and more people are turning to multi fuel stoves as a cost-effective heating solution, as they burn inexpensive fuels like smokeless coal, seasoned peat briquettes and eco-friendly dried wood.
Mark Dineen from Heritage Stoves, Irelands leading supplier of Multi Fuel Stoves, has kindly put together some useful tips that ought to be considered when purchasing a stove, and some advice on the best type of stove to suit your needs.
AAAANNND … (drum roll please) …. he brings with him an awesome competition to win a Belleek 11.5kw room heater stove worth €799! How exciting. More details on how you can enter below. But first ….
A Guide to Multi Fuel Stoves
Before you rush out and buy a hot new stove, here are some points to consider:
- Make sure you ask a professional to clean your chimney/flue before installation. Clean your chimney at least once per year particularly prior to reusing your open fire or stove.
- Consider the style of stove that you prefer. Stoves can be inset, double sided, or freestanding; room heater or boiler stove (more about these choices later). Also, some stoves are available in a range of enamelled colours, adding certain “wow” to any living space.
- If you are considering burning wood make sure you have a plentiful supply. Consider the environment and use wood from a recyclable source. Many suppliers sell wood from managed forests helping the carbon cycle and thus our environment.
- Fuel should be fully dry for maximum efficiency. Fuel with high moisture content can result in a build-up of tar in both the stove and chimney, which could ultimately shorten the life of your flue and appliance.
- When placing fresh fuel into your stoves firebox, cautiously open the door, as air rushing in can cause smoke to leave the chamber, riddle the grate to reduce ash build up, place the new fuel on top of the embers.
- Avoid allowing a build-up of ashes in the ash pan, as doing so will result in the grate burning out prematurely. Clean the ash pan daily and regularly check inside the stove to ensure there is no build-up of ash or soot, particularly around the flue collar.
- It is a requirement that adequate air ventilation is provided to ensure plenty of air for combustion, if a vent does not exist in the room where the stove is being installed, one must be provided.
- DO NOT burn rubbish and household waste or plastic in your stove. Burning plastics can create caustic fumes that are harmful to people and their lungs. Also, the soot created from burning garbage can be very sticky and cause rapid buildup of creosote and other deposits in the flue. This makes cleaning the chimney more difficult and sometimes more expensive.
Which stove will serve you best depends on your home and needs
- Room Heater Stoves
These are a cost effective method of delivering sustainable, dependable heat all year round and if fuelled with wood, are an eco-friendly low carbon heating system. They are safe and easy to use.
- Inset Stoves
These are best way to utilise your existing fireplace. Inset stoves are tidy and inconspicuous and do not impose on your living room space. They add character and charm to your home by maximising the efficiency of a stove while retaining the cosiness of your fireplace. They are particularly recommended if room space is limited.
- Boiler Stoves
A duel-function stove which provides you with home heat and domestic hot water, they offer practicality, efficiency and economic value, while creating an aesthetically pleasing addition to your home decor.
*** Competition Time ***
To celebrate winter, Heritage Stoves, Ireland’s leading supplier of solid fuel stoves, is offering A Home Made By Committees’ readers the chance to WIN a Belleek 11.5kw room heater stove worth €799.
All you have to do is Like this post and share or retweet this link, and, drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org letting us know, if you won, where you would install this stove and why you would like it. Humour, as with all things, will be king here, unless you have a particularly heart-warming tale. Closing Date 20th October with the winner to be announced on 24th of October.
Heritage Stoves, one of Ireland’s leading suppliers of multi fuel stoves, offer a wide range of appliances to suit your needs. For more information and a list of stockists nationwide visit www.heritagestoves.ie.