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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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chesneys HEAT Outdoor Living range has arrived

Chesneys HEAT Outdoor Living range has arrived

Chesneys HEAT Outdoor Living range BBQ and outdoor heater appliance have arrived and are now on live display and sizzling in our showroom garden patio.

 

And our verdict is…WOW! They have brought together what we have all been waiting for: a fantastically controllable BBQ with a real wood outdoor heater that does not stream smoke into your eyes and actually keeps you warm.

Chesneys HEAT Outdoor Living beautifully brings together a sophisticated BBQ cooking appliance with an outdoor real fire heater. The BBQ Cook allows temperature control and has a variety of cooking modes including smoking, baking and Wok cooking.

“I love cooking on the HEAT barbecue. It provides a unique degree of temperature control, ease of use and variety of cooking modes that provides almost limitless opportunities for cooking different recipes. It’s very fast to light and emits very little smoke. Given the choice, I wouldn’t cook on any other barbecue.”

James Martin

 

And when the sun starts to drop you can continue to sit outside around the woodburning fire and extend these summer days late into the evening. The HEAT range incoprorates Chesneys award-winning stove technology to create an elegantly designed envirnomentally friendly outdoor heater.

There are four models in the Chesneys HEAT Outdoor Living range; HEAT 400 is a circular design with a 375mm diameter grill; HEAT 500 is the largest circular design with a grill size of 456mm diameter; HEAT 600 rectangular model has a grill size of 522mm(w) x 320mm(d); HEAT 700 is the biggest beast in the range with a party-sized 638mm(w) x 384mm(d) grill.

Since the launch at Chelsea Flower there has been a very positive response.. so if you’re intending to sizzle this summer then get your skates on to secure your HEAT.

Kop Hill Climb Festival Fundraising

Kop Hill Climb Festival Fundraising

Petrol Heads and Wood-burners.

Jensen Healey

David and his Jensen

How the year slips past, it only seems a few months ago that we were setting up the stand for the weekend event. It has been firmly on our calendar since 2013 and an opportunity to mix business with pleasure. They say that you should not mix the two !.  But we throw caution to wind for this occasion and I am a firm believer that doing business should be pleasurable.

It is also a pleasure to support local charities in our community. The event has raised just over half a million pounds ( https://www.kophillclimb.org.uk/charities/ ) follow the link for more details.

This year we will be showing some of our most popular wood burning stoves and showcasing the new Chesney’s Heat, the ultimate woodburning cooker/BBQ and heater for outdoor living.

James Martin

“Chesney’s new Barbecue Heater is brilliant. It’s the most versatile cooking appliance I’ve ever used and afterwards it’s the perfect way to stay warm and create an atmosphere that makes the party last all night. It changes the whole experience of outdoor living.”

James Martin

We would love to see you there, come and have a chat on stand and maybe a bite to eat from our demonstration of the Chesney’s Heat.

Warm wishes

The Happy Forester 🙂

Ecodesign 2020 – What is it, why and what does it mean for woodburning stoves?

What is it?

Ecodesign 2020 is the European Union’s programme for lowering emissions in the atmosphere and will be implemented across Europe from January 2020 (for independent boilers) and January 2022 for room-heater solid-fuel stoves.  DEFRA (the UK Department for Environment Fisheries and Rural Administration) has confirmed its commitment to Ecodesign following Brexit; the Great Repeal Bill will bring the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Directives into UK law. Therefore all solid fuel appliances will have to meet new Ecodesign 2020 testing criteria to not exceed specific limits of particles, as from 2022.

Why?

We all want to breathe clean air and fight against pollution from emissions. The overall aim therefore of Ecodesign 2020 is to lower the particulate matter released into the atmosphere and so improve air quality. Particulate matters include organic gaseous compounds (OGC), carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and, for some fuels, sulphur. Energy efficient appliances using quality wood fuels is a way of reducing the amount of partuculate matters discharged into the atmosphere.

What does it mean for wood burning stoves?

Findings from a research project ‘Supergen’ at Manchester, Newcastle and Leeds Universities have shown clearly that old solid fuel appliances emit larger volumes of particulates whilst new clean-burn appliances burning the right fuels drastically reduce particulate emissions.

Recently published figures show that newly designed appliances can produce 90% less emissions than those of 20years ago and in comparison with open fires burning poor fuel. Modern appliances are highly engineered, clean, efficient and effective heating appliances and have improved as recently as 5-10years ago.

And the right fuel is integral to the efficiency and amounts of particulates emitted; laboratory testing showed an open fire burning wet wood produced four to five times the weight of particulates than burning dry wood in a similar open fire.

And so how to choose a stove?

Come into our showroom..

…we have expert staff to discuss the many models of stoves available and the efficiencies that they operate at. Customers can view HETAS approved stoves and Stove Industry Alliance ‘Ecodesign ready’ stoves to make an informed choice of stove that already meet some of the Ecodesign requirements ahead of the legislation.

Wood burning stoves are not all the same, buy confidently and intelligently

Further information can also be found on the HETAS website at www.hetas.co.uk.