Wood burning stoves in Manchester and Lancashire. Full HETAS installation service available.
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Our new Manchester branch and showroom opened in August 2011
We have many of our most popular models on display and you can come and look at them and ask any questions you may have about installations and operation..
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WHAT IS DEFRA AND WHAT IS A DEFRA STOVE......?
DEFRA is an abbreviation for Department For Rural Affairs. It is a government ministry.
DEFRA have been charged with overseeing the wood burning stove industry, and ensuring that the Clean Air legislation (or "smokeless zones" as they are more commonly known) is enforced.
They do this by running an approvals scheme for wood and multifuel burning stoves (and fuels) that are considered suitable for use inside a "smokeless zone". If you live in any major UK town or city, you live in such a zone!
DEFRA approved stoves tend to be quite a bit more expensive than other stoves and we sell some models that are DEFRA approved for those people that want to buy one.
However, please note that if you plan to burn smokeless fuels, you will comply with the clean air regulations without needing to buy a DEFRA stove. The whole DEFRA stove issue is a complex one, so if you need any advice about choosing a stove please give us a call or visit us.
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Our Stove Products
We sell all the major UK brands of stove including stovax, clearview, villager, and many more.
We also sell many lesser known and exclusive brands, so come and see us us or talk to us on the phone.
will burning wood save me money?
Here's a list of some of the reasons why owning a wood burner can save you a small fortune in heating bills:
Modern wood burners are energy efficient. They typically operate at 70-90% efficiency, meaning for each pound you spend on heating your home between 70 and 90p is converted into heat.
Open fires are only around 20% efficient, the rest of the heat (80p per £!) escapes up the chimney. Switching from an open fire to a stove could save you lots of money on fuel bills.
The best gas boilers produce similar efficiencies as modern wood burners, however the rising cost of energy means that your energy bill could be considerably higher.
According to a 2008 report commissioned by Centrica (owners of British Gas), the average annual domestic gas bill could cost over £1,000 within the next few years.
Wood can be sourced relatively cheaply and easily, saving you £££'s in the long run.
You don't need to pay for a CORGI registered engineer when the fire goes out!
How much can I save?
That depends on a several factors such as how much you already spend on your fuel bills and what your initial outlay on a stove is. The bottom line is that you can get hold of wood for burning far more cheaply than you can buy gas, electricity or oil. The higher the price of these fuels, the more compelling the argument is for buying a wood burning stove and start saving money.
How long before it starts paying for itself?
It starts paying for itself almost immediately. Here's an excerpt from a Guardian newspaper article written as recently as 31st Jan 2009:
"If your home has a working fireplace, don't waste your time with an open fire - replace it with a wood-burning stove. More than a year ago, I spent £700 on buying and installing one in our modern home and it has been a huge success. We salvage waste wood from a skip outside a joinery and, combined with sawdust briquettes (£1 a bag), use it to largely heat our home.
We still use the gas central heating first thing in the morning, but once up we keep the stove going all day. The whole house slowly warms up it makes particular sense if one person is at home all day. It helps if you have an open-plan house, and wood floors rather than expensive carpets.
We have slashed our gas bill in half, and save around £350-£400 a year. The payback period is around two years."
ONE OF OUR BESTSELLERS
- Do you have access to a regular supply of properly dried wood fuel and can you store it and keep it dry?
- Do you live in a smokeless area that would prevent you from burning fuels that produce smoke?
- Do you have a chimney and hearth suitable to install a stove?
We take quailty seriously so all our stoves are CE certified and carry a full 12 month no quibble guarantee.
WHY ARE WOOD-BURNING STOVES SO POPULAR AGAIN?
Wood burning stoves (also known as multi-fuel or log burning stoves) have been growing in popularity over the last 15 years, partly because of rapidly rising gas and electricity prices and partly because of a fashion trend to more natural light and warmth in the home.
Some wood-burning stoves are sometimes referred to as multi fuel because they can burn coal, charcoal or smokeless fuels as well as wood. This flexibility can be particularly useful if you live a in a smokeless area or if you canot always get a ready supply of properly dried and treated wood to burn.
The wood fuel can be small pieces of cut wood, or a even a full log if your stove is big enough to be a log-burner.
If you are looking to buy a wood burning or multifuel stove, you should also insist that it has the "air wash" system, which is an airflow method of keeping smoke from accumulating on the inside of the glass window of your wood burning stove.
With a good wood-burner stove you can cut your winter fuel bills dramatically, whilst at the same time adding a charm and beauty to your house that only come with a real fire.
Larger wood burning stoves are also sometimes used for cooking or heating a kettle for tea and coffee, simply by leaving it stood on the top surface like you would with an Aga.
This can be very fuel efficient as it can remove the need for your traditional kettle and save all that electricity!
In addition, A pan placed in the same way could be used for warming food, slow cooking a stew or just providing free hot water for washing up.
Many larger wood burning, multi-fuel stoves are fitted with boiler attachments to actually provide hot water to the home, or even to help run a central heating system.
Many people find that this allows them to use a wood burning stove side by side with their existing heating and hot water systems, whilst allowing them to save money on gas and electricity.
The main things you have to consider before going for a wood burning or multifuel stove are;
If the answer is yes, then it comes down to choosing one the right size and design for your room and that is where we can help with our wide range.