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Fireplaces and Fireplace Alternatives

Fireplaces and Fireplace Alternatives

When you chose a new wood-burning stove it’s not just a stove you are choosing.

 

We know a new stove is often just one part of a whole redesign in your home, whether that is in a new extension living space, , re-vamped kitchen or cozying up your lounge, all of these installations require more than just the stove itself.

A traditional fireplace re-design brings opportunities for new hearths and fireplace surrounds with a whole range of products available from beautifully elegant limestone to rustic aged oak. A design style that is currently trending is for oak ‘floating’ beam mantle shelves which can be chosen in a range of finishes and colour gradients to suit your specific preference for design style.  Focus Fireplaces have a wide range to choose from including solid wood oak surrounds. Manor House Stoves are able to advise, supply and install a range of fireplaces including bespoke stone fireplaces.  I think we can all agree that nothing is quite as homely or festive at this time of year as a wood stove in a cosy fireplace!

However  the trend in recent years has also extended beyond the traditional “fireplace” design, the joy of a wood-burning stove being is that it does not need a “fireplace” as such, it can be installed as a stand-alone statement piece in a living space. In these designs the flue pipe is left visible forming part of the overall design and the finishing of wall behind the stove and hearth is where you can bring your own individual style and interior design to create a whole new look to fireplaces!

Some of our recent favourite installations have been of this style incorporating new innovative ways to create a centrepiece for your room with enamelled heat shield panels and hearth bases,  to decorative glass hearths;  we have collected some of our highlights from our manufacturers below.

At this year’s hearth and home show Vlaze teamed up with Charnwood Stoves to launch both of their new offerings, these heat shield panels come in a myriad of designs and colours to fit in with any room. From exotic leaves to intricate patterns there is a design to highlight any room!

We have also really enjoyed the resurgence of glass hearths, these specifically designed toughened glass pads offer a modern edge to homes where perhaps a traditional stone setting would not be the most fitting. Often, but not always used in more modern properties, they are regularly teamed with a tiled wall, creating the feel of a static fireplace without the need to build one.

But not all modern stoves are static! There are a range of contemporary stoves that have the option of turntable bases so that in open-plan rooms the stove can be rotated to face either direction as your daily activities move – to the dining table area while you’re eating,  to the lounging space when relaxing.  This brings a whole new design opportunity for the ‘fireplace’ and the expert staff at Manor House Stoves will not only help you find your perfect hearth and design treatment for the surrounding area but also advise you on the building regulation requirements to ensure your final choice is safe as well as beautiful-looking.

At Manor House Stoves we have a full range of stoves on display all of which are SIA EcoDesign Ready meaning they provide much cleaner burn and we have a range of styles to suit any taste and room specification – so whether you are looking for a traditional stove for a traditional fireplace or a modern stand-alone design piece we have the stove for you.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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.

 

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 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.

 

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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. 

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

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.

 

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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!

 

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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. 

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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…

Hearth and Home Show 2019

Hearth and Home Show 2019

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. 

 

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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.

 

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