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 email@example.com 07870662341″
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…
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
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.
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…
Every year David and Sue the owners of Manor House Stoves visit Harrogate in North Yorkshire to the annual Hearth and Home Show.
“We love visiting Hearth and Home, it gives us a chance to not only see what’s new in the industry, and check out the fantastic new products on offer from our favourite manufacturers, but it also gives us the opportunity to meet up with other retailers from across the country and talk shop – and we love to talk shop!
As always the stands were fantastically put together and filled to the rafters with interesting and brilliant new products. The really fantastic thing about Hearth and Home is, as with our own show room, a large number of the stoves are actually working and this gives a far better experience of how the stoves look and perform in a ‘live’ environment.
Obviously as you might imagine the big talking point of the show is the EcoReady ranges ready for the clean air regulations coming into law in 2022. We really enjoyed the SIA (Stove Industry Alliance) stand and their presentations regarding the newly formed SIA Retail Group. Manor House Stoves are now fully signed-up and on-board to support their work with DEFRA and other government bodies on progressing the clean air strategy and ensuring accurate information is shared regarding the positive contribution Ecoready stoves make to reducing pollution and meeting the European directive.
One of our other highlights is always seeing some of the brilliant new accessories coming onto the market, many of these items you never knew you needed but once you’ve seen them you can’t live without them! From custom designed back panels, ceramic stove plates, fire surrounds, chimney cowls and some really great ideas for solid fuel storage.”
We look forward to getting some of the fantastic things we saw in Harrogate down to our showroom in Garsington for you to see. Call in to see what we picked up or call 01865 361505.
Manor House Stoves regularly use firewood from Ford Logs in our showrooms and at home, and are happy to recommend them to our customers. Ford Logs are an Oxfordshire based, Woodsure certified supplier of quality kiln dried hardwood logs. Their logs are barn stored, fully seasoned (less than 15% moisture) and sustainably sourced exclusively from UK suppliers. Woodsure Accreditation means customers can rely on receiving a product which consistently meets rigorous quality and environmental standards.
Established in 2009, Ford Logs supply primarily Beech, Ash, Cherry and Oak which naturally burn slowly and with excellent heat. Once kiln dried, these slower growing hardwoods provide customers with an even greater heat output and a cleaner burn. This is far better for the environment than traditional firewood as there is less pollution created by the hotter burn. Ultimately kiln drying saves you money on firewood and reduces logging and deliveries. Most stove manufacturers recommend burning kiln dried wood as it is kinder to your stove and chimney liner.
Ford Logs also offer natural firelighters, kindling and free local delivery. Find out more at https://www.fordlogs.co.uk
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 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.”
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.
Petrol Heads and Wood-burners.
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.
“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.”
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.
The Happy Forester 🙂
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.
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.
Spring Offer discount off flue liners, twin wall flues and selected stove models. Come and visit our showroom to choose your very own Spring-time coziness
Faux Leather Log Baskets large and small to suit any hearth.
Call in to the showroom for these and more ideas for Christmas
We will be closing the showroom and office early on Friday the 15th Dec for the Staff Christmas Lunch
Showroom and office will close at 12.30 pm. We will be open as usual on the 16th Dec.
Well a new season is upon us and the tail end of Ophelia has done her best to whip all the leaves from the trees. We have been busy gearing up for the new season over the last few months. We have remodeled the lower contemporary showroom area, put five new wood burning stoves under fire, including the new App driven Hwam 3110. We also have a new and improved website. Lots of small but significant changes. We hope you will like what you find.
The Happy Forrester
Fair Kop (sic) really, this year was the first year that we had a bit of rain on both days of the event. Not sure how many people squeezed into our modest marquee but we certainly had more than we could cope with !
This year we were joined by David from Firenzo and Rupert from Woodwarm and Steve from Hwam, many thanks to them for taking time out over a weekend to promote their products.
We had a great time although a tad disappointed that the Spitfire fly pass was canceled due to the weather on the Saturday but cheered by the Hurricane fly past on the Sunday. We had some good runs up the hill in the Jensen although it was a bit slippy in places.
We saw the fastest sofa in the world, driven by Ed China of Wheeler Dealers fame also present this year was Genevieve, the car that was the star of the 1953 film of the same name There were a handful of Ferrari’s there to celebrate their 70th anniversary.
The event helps to raise fund for local charities on behalf of Heart of Bucks and last year a record-breaking £100,000 was raised. We look forward to next year which I am sure will come around sooner than I think.
The Happy Forrester
Our yearly Pilgrimage to Jotul Main Dealer Day this week, was, as always a pleasure. A chance to meet up with old friends from Dealerships far and wide over a delightful lunch and to see the new changes to the existing stove range.
How to light the perfect fire in a wood burning stove
1. Wood burns best on a layer of ash so you always need to ensure there is a nice flat bed of ash at the base of the fire. This will of course not be possible if you have just bought your stove and it is the first time you are lighting it, but thereafter it is always best to leave at least some ash in the fire bed and is not advisable to burn straight onto the grate or base brick every time.
2. To get your fire started, you will need small pieces of wood called kindling. These small pieces create a good, strong flame which warms the chimney up and gets the inside of the stove hot enough to put your logs on. Softwood or kiln dried kindling is best and must not be treated or painted wood. The kindling must be spaced out evenly to allow a good airflow and we recommend 3 layers arranged in a criss-cross, or camp-fire fashion. You can buy kindling and natural fire lighters here.
3. When your stove is all laid up with firelighters and kindling, the next step is of course to light it. Using matches or a lighter, light the firelighters. Open the air controls on the stove and leave the door open ajar. Leaving the door open slightly will do 2 things. Firstly, it will ensure more air gets inside the stove so the kindling will light quicker and secondly, it should stop the glass from misting up as the air wash system in your stove will not be up to temperature yet to help keep the glass clear.
4. Make sure you start off with a couple of small logs to begin with as the stove is not up to temperature yet, putting a large piece of wood on may kill the fire. The same as with the kindling ensure they are spaced out evenly to allow a good airflow and not too close to the glass, as this can cause it to blacken up! Close the door on the stove and over the course of a few minutes; slowly close the air controls down. Try not to close them down entirely; this will smother the fire as there will be no oxygen to allow the fire to burn. Make sure the wood you are using is well seasoned and has not been treated with anything. You can buy wood here, or if you are seasoning your own wood, it is best to use a moisture meter so you know when your logs are dry enough to burn. IMPORTANT Only burn wood with less than 20% moisture. We sell moisture meters.
5. Last but not least, sit back and enjoy your stove!
How the year rolls round, our yearly outing to Kop Hill was another great success this year. We have been one of the main sponsors for 4 years now with this year being the busiest yet. We all enjoy the weekend and chatting to other petrol heads ( its not all about woodburning ! ) the set up and take down times for the stand have improved, as has our runs up the hill. We feel quite humbled nestling between Porsche and DS Citroen, a small family firm up with the Corporates !
Last year the event raised over £75,000.00 which is a record for Kop Hill and with local charities benefiting its a win win ! This year we were helped out by David of Firenzo Stoves and Paul and Angie from Tubby Jacks BBQ and Grills. This years special guest was Mary Berry who went up the hill with Paddy Hopkirk in a replica Mini Cooper (a lot of bun was had there then ! ) We are looking forward to next year already !
Our cooking demonstration on Sat 14th of November was well attended. The Tubby Jacks were fired up prior to opening the showroom and some Plain Air Cured Bacon was first up.
Not surprisingly there was some good interest in this demonstration!!
We then added Tubby Jacks Hickory wood chips and hot smoked the bacon.
In a word, delicious, it is amazing how quickly the bacon took on the flavour of the hickory chips and with so many choices of flavour of wood chips we have a lot of experimenting to do !
Next up was plain pork sausages and again we used Hickory Chips to add some additional flavouring. We soon ran out of these and again the flavour was amazing.
We had some Pork Belly marinating overnight with some Star Anise, Szechuan peppercorn and honey. The Tubby Jacks handled this brilliantly, slow cooked for 1 hour then we opened up the vents and got the temperature cranked right up to for the last 5 mins to finish the charring. The pork was tender, juicy and sticky.
To finish off we had some chicken wings in a home made Buffalo sauce.
The event was a roaring success and we were so busy we didn’t even get time to get a few pictures taken !
I can’t help wonder how excited the six people will be when they open their Christmas Presents this year to discover they have been given a Tubby Jacks for Christmas.