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New SIA Retail Group Membership

New SIA Retail Group Membership

SIA Retail Group

Manor House Stoves is among the first in a group of independent retailers to become members of the Stove Industry Alliance (SIA) as part of its new retail scheme.

The SIA Retail Group was formed earlier this year and membership is open to independent retailers with showroom displays in the UK.

 The SIA is a trade association for the stove and fireplace industry in the UK. Its members were among the first manufacturers to develop appliances that meet Ecodesign requirements – new standards for emissions and efficiency of domestic wood burning appliances – well ahead of the January 2022 deadline, and positioning wood burning stoves and fireplaces as part of a low carbon, sustainable and renewable heating strategy

 Using improved burn technology, an SIA Ecodesign Ready stove produces 90% less emissions than an open fire and 80% less than a stove that was manufactured 10 years ago, making a significant improvement to air quality.

Statistics have indicated that nationally 40% of wood is burnt in open fires -this increases to 70% in London – despite the fact that using an open fire is not permitted under the current Clean Air Act.

Additionally, a cornerstone of the Clean Air strategy is to educate homeowners to burn only wood with a moisture content below 20%, kiln dried logs are ideal, additionally having their chimney swept on a regular basis by a registered chimney sweep.

Rest assured if you already have an older stove and can’t afford to outlay on a new model right now, you will be allowed to keep using it. However, as we mentioned above you will only be allowed to burn certain fuels on it. By only burning wood with a moisture content of 20% or less you will limit the amount of smoke you produce. Coal, meanwhile, has been identified as the dirtiest fuel, and will be subject to new stringent regulations.

We are very proud to be a part of the SIA Retail Group. The SIA is a well-respected trade organisation and including independent retailers as members means it is representative of the whole stove industry in the UK. By choosing an SIA Retail Group member showroom customers can be assured that they are receiving the very best advice on which appliance is suitable for them and their lifestyle. Plus, they will be safe in the knowledge that we can guide them on installation and maintenance, and the best type of fuel to use to ensure they get maximum efficiency and minimum emissions. 

Morley Sage, chair of the SIA, added: “Modern SIA Ecodesign Ready stoves are high efficiency, low emission, renewable and sustainable biomass heating solutions their owners can be proud of, and we are delighted to welcome Manor House Stoves to the SIA Retail Group. Membership reassures the public that they are in safe hands when choosing and installing a stove or fireplace and provides retailers with the support and expertise of the SIA.”

 

For further information on the SIA Retail Group and a list of members visit www.stoveindustryalliance.com

Wood Burning Stoves & The DEFRA Clean Air Strategy

Wood Burning Stoves & The DEFRA Clean Air Strategy

There has been much made of the impact of wood burning stoves and that there is the possibility that they will no longer be available after the introduction of the Clean Air Strategy. We are happy to say that this is very much not the case, in fact they will be a large part of the Clean Air Strategy moving forward!

Recent media coverage has, in some cases, insinuated that emissions from open firewood burning is comparable withemissions from wood burning stoves. The Clean Air Strategy definitively recognises that all wood burning is not equal.

SIA Ecodesign Ready stoves are specifically designed using improved burn technologies. Stove manufacturers have developed these stoves to produce 90% fewer emissions than an open fire, and 80% less emissions than stoves manufactured 10 years ago. People using older wood burning appliances can make a significant improvement to air quality by upgrading to an SIA Ecodesign Ready model.

Statistics have indicated that nationally 40% of wood is burnt in open fires -this increases to 70% in London – despite the fact that using an open fire is not permitted under the current Clean Air Act.

Additionally,a cornerstone of the Clean Air strategy is to educate homeowners to burn only wood with a moisture content below 20%, kiln dried logs are ideal, additionally having their chimney swept on a regular basis by a registered chimney sweep.

Rest assured if you already have an older stove and can’t afford to outlay on a new model right now, you will be allowed to keep using it. However,as we mentioned above you will only be allowed to burn certain fuels on it. By only burning wood with a moisture content of 20% or less you will limit the amount of smoke you produce. Coal, meanwhile, has been identified as the dirtiest fuel, and will be subject to new stringent regulations.

It’s worth remembering that an SIA Ecodesign Ready wood burning stovehasstrong green credentials. The CO2 producedwhen the logs are burnt is absorbed by growing trees making modern wood burning stoves a low carbon, low emission, high efficiency and sustainable heating solution.

The government’s own energy efficiency indicator shows that logs have a significantly lower carbon factor than traditional fossil fuels; gas, oil or electricity.

You can read the full DEFRAstrategy here (it’s wordy and a long read but really useful to get a proper insight in to the post 2022 strategy)

DEFRA CLEAN AIR STRATEGY – FUL DOCUMENT

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September News From The Showroom

September News From The Showroom

September is always a busy month in our showroom, we have lots of fatastic new products – all of which are SIA Eco Ready – arriving ready for the winter.

We are already booking up home visits and surveys throughout September, so don’t wait for the chill to set in to start thinking about having a stove installed. Booking in now will help beat the late autumn rush and  get the first view of our new stoves and products.

 

 Our highlights for September are the beautiful Charnwood Aire and Island II pictured here, these products have been long awaited by the entire industry and we are delighted that we can now offer these to lovers of a clean classic look.

 

We are also really loving these Contura 810 styles, available in both Nickel and Black. We are not sure which we prefer however you can make your own choice when they arrive with in the showroom, available from 9/9/19!!

Last but definitely not least we are really excited to be able to share the new Stovax Sheraton 5 Eco. Fully SIA Eco Design compliant and in a beautiul classic style we could not be happier with this new arrival. 

To  book  a viewing and arrange a home visit call our showroom 01865 365505 or contact us

Summer Sweeping and Servicing

Summer Sweeping and Servicing

Summer is the perfect time to sweep and service your stove ready for the chill in the air come September..

Happily, during this barmy summer weather its unlikley you’ll be needing to fire up your stove, it is however really important to leave it in a state that prevents condensation, and as a consequence corrosion. It’s ideal to take this opportunity to get your stove cleaned, serviced and ready for when the nights draw in.

It’s really important for the life of your stove that you have the stove and flue thoroughly swept out annually.

Makesure that all sooty deposits are removed from sitting on the top side of the baffle or throat plate. Remove all the loose parts in your stove and give the fire-box a good vacuum, check the condition of the firebricks and replace if they are broken or have cracks right through the brick. Hairline cracks are not a worry but you must keep an eye on them for deterioration.

Check that the door rope seals still provide and air tight seal; once all parts are back in place you can check this by closing the door, opening the vents and then holding a candle flame to the door edges and taking it around all sides.  If the flame is being sucked-in to the door it indicates that air is being drawn through the door seal and replacement rope is likely needed.

 Open all the vents while not in used during the warmer months maintaining ventilation in the flue system to prevent condensation which leads to erosion. Spraying the inside of the door and firebox with a light oil such as WD40 will also help to keep all internal parts working well while the appliance is not in use.

 

We talked to our sweep of choice Thomas from Stovely and he gave us his top tips for keeping your stove working well and being fire ready for Autumn. 

“When your chimney sweep arrives to do the annual liner sweep and stove service, it’s an opportunity for you to find out how you’ve been getting on with the logs you’ve been burning and if you’ve got the right balance of air intake from the moment of lighting the stove, running it at the best heat level and allowing it to die down correctly at the end of the day. This is especially useful after your stove’s first winter. 

We can tell a lot from the deposits we remove during the liner sweep. We’re looking for soot that looks like black powder paint to know that the logs you’re burning have the right minimummoisture content and that you’re lighting and running the stove using the air vents correctly to run a fire that is not roaring flames but also not so starved of air that the logs are ‘slumbering’ and not fully combusting. 

On the other hand, if what we see are shiny, crispy and shard-like deposits it is likely your logs have too high a moisture content or you’re consistently running the stove with insufficient air being allowed into the stove, both of which mean the stove cannot generate the amount of heat required to fully combust the logs. It is likely in this scenario that sticky tar deposits can be seen in the stove interior and on the inside of the door and glass.

Consistently running the stove like this not only creates a less pleasant looking door glass but can become a fire and carbon monoxide risk. It also means the liner will tarr up and the stove is producing and expelling dangerous particulates into the atmosphere. Your chimney sweep will be able to advise you and if necessary, check the moisture content of your logs.

As part of a full stove service your sweep will also check your stove for wear and tear and carry-out the replacement of bricks and rope seals as necessary. As Stovely works closely with customers of Manor House Stoves together we can usually identify any required stove parts – even on the really old model stoves! – and get them ordered, as well as providing an annual sweep and service reminder right from the time of installation. To enquire about a sweep and service or set up an annual reminder please contact me at thomas@stovely.co.uk 07870662341″

New 2022 EcoDesign Stoves Coming Soon…

New 2022 EcoDesign Stoves Coming Soon…

This is the time of year when the stove manufacturers launch their new products and as a premier dealer we have had the pleasure of previewing what’s coming onto the market ready for the new season.

 

Here are just some of our highlights…

 

Charnwood

Aire 5kw woodburner – pictured above at Charnwood’s recent dealer event –  With an exceptionally large view of the fire and both DEFRA and Sia Ecodesign ready it’s sure to be hit for both traditional and modern fireplace installations. 

Charnwood have also re-launched a classic, and long time best seller, the Country 4Blu. This stove will continue to be a hot little favourite, and as it has now been re-engineered to incorporate the Charnwood BLUtechnology, its ready to update any traditional setting and now meets 2022 DEFRA Clean Air Efficiency Regualtions.

 

Woodwarm Phoenix Range

A model range of 4kw to 8kw free standing stoves with variations of standard height or log-store style, plus an insert stove for a standard UK fire-opening, the newly launched Ecodesign ready stoves have ultra-low emissions and easily exceed the 2022 Clean Air Act pass rate. They are exceptionally easy to light, and the controllability is outstanding.

There is also another wonderful benefit of buying a Woodawrm stove, woodwarm have pledged to plant a tree for every stove sold!

“Woodwarm stoves Phoenix Ecodesign Ready Ranges of stoves can help you to be environmentally friendly because we are planting a tree for every Ecodesign Ready stove sold. Trees absorb CO2 to purify our air, they also reduce the level of air pollutants by intercepting airborne particles and absorbing pollutant gasses. Trees can be a carbon neutral resource; the C02 released when burning is matched by the amount absorbed when it is growing. By planting trees, wood can be a sustainable source of fuel”

Read more onWoodwarm’s website

Jotul  

There are two re-designs of Norwegian classics now meeting 2022 EcoDesign Clean Air regulations, these two will no doubt be a real hit as the originals are best sellers!

 

F602 Cross Section F100 Eco 

Dean Forge

The Dartmoor range including the lovely Baker for those wishing to go forward with  an alternative cosy cook facility, the Dartmoor Baker W5 Se wood burning stove  is based on the successful Dartmoor Stove Range. It has an integral oven above the fire box utilising the heat from the fire to cook, bake or warm delicious food. 

All the Dartmoor Baker’s have a removable cleaning plate located inside the oven. This door provides a cleaning access to the top of the oven or for sweeping the chimney when fitted with a top exit flue. 

Baker Plus 5 Web

Baker Plus 5

 

 

Contura

New developments to continually improve the Swedish Contura stoves, all of which are SIA EcoDesign Ready, the three main improvements within the Contura 500 range which is Europes most popular stove range are;

 

  • An ingenious ‘Automatic Start’ function which automatically controls the lighting air through the grate. It means that the door can be shut at the same time that the start-up fire is lit and the stove therefore becomes completely independent of room air. Which means it feels safer not having to leave the stove with an open door during the start-up fire. It is also perfect for modern buildings with negative pressure.
  • A ‘Refueling Boost Function’ With the new functionaity you can ”save” embers that have nearly died. You just open the handle on the left, new oxygen flows in from below and brings out the embers so that the new wood catches light. After a short time you can once again enjoy a beautiful fire and heating.
  • Beauty in the smallest detail according to Contura , the 500 Style has a new ashbox, which, thanks to its design and damping function, slides quietly and softly during emptying.

At Manor House Stoves we are committed to selling only the highest quality with advanced technology stoves to contribute to the improvement in air quality and reduction of particle emissions.

The below video from The Stove Industry Alliance demonstrates more…

Chesneys HEAT 500 BBQ Patio Heater

Chesneys HEAT 500 BBQ Patio Heater

Chesneys HEAT 500 BBQ Patio heater is now available and Chesneys are curently reporting a two week delivery time from placement of order.

Delivery is direct to your door from Chesneys. A Premium ‘white glove’ service is available. The Premium service provides the complete un-packing of the HEAT 500 BBQ in your chosen position and levelled using the adjustable feet. The flue pipe and optional wooden side shelves will be slotted into place. And all ready to go!

The HEAT 500 BBQ has a grill diameter of 456mm and comes with a stainless steel flue pipe and flue cap. The flue cap is rotated to adjust the furnace temperature therefore allowing for long slow cooking as well as general barbecuing.

 

The removable grill is rotatable to provide different cooking heights and also allow for Wok cooking. All of the HEAT models come with a digital thermometer so you can maintain precise cooking control, along with an ash pan for easy removal of ash plus an all-weather protective cover. Sturdy removable wooden side shelves are available as an additional option.

And once the food has finished sit back and enjoy the warmth and beauty of the HEAT range as an outdoor woodburning patio heater. Perfect!