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Multi-fuel or wood burning stove?

Multi-fuel or wood burning stove?

Multi-fuel stoves can burn wood, smokeless fuel and coal and there are some differences in the way these fuels burn. Not all multi-fuel stoves are optimised for burning all fuels with equal efficiency.

To burn efficiently, coal needs air to reach it from below. Multi-fuel stoves have a grate for the fuel to sit on, making them ideal for coal. Some also have a riddling plate.  You can then remove any ash that’s built up, letting more air through from underneath.  Wood, on the other hand, burns best when sitting on a bed of ash, with air circulating from the top.

Because of this, a multi-fuel stove may not be optimised for burning both types of fuel. It’s best to work out what type of fuel you want to burn first, and then base your buying decision on that.  Interestingly, The Stove Industry Alliance (SIA) found that 77% of people who have a multi-fuel stove only burn wood. If you are planning on only ever burning wood, getting a dedicated log burner is advisable. However, if you want to burn both types of fuel, and especially if you think you may not have regular access to one, then go for a multi-fuel stove.

Multi-fuel stoves may not be optimised for burning both types of fuel.  If this is the case, look out for a multi-fuel stove that has primary and secondary (sometimes called airwash) air vents. These allow you to control whether more air circulates from above or below, depending on the type of fuel. Also look for a stove that will allow you to either remove the grate, so wood can be burnt on the base of the stove instead of the grate, or to adjust it. A lot of manufacturers have designed grates that can be altered to enable both types of fuels to burn efficiently.

In the showroom we have multi-fuel stoves from Dik Geurts, Peanut and Hunter on display. Give us a call on 01237 420904 or come into our showroom in Bideford to discuss the right stove for you.

 

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Contura 310

Contura 310

Also, Contura is a leading Scandinavian manufacturer of wood burners.  The Contura 310 is a contemporary style, typically Scandi, wood burning stove and suits a free-standing installation.  These amazing contemporary designs look so good and burn so well. As you might expect from the country that brings us the Volvo, safety and concern for the environment comes built in and these are some of the most highly efficient and cleanest burning stoves available.

The generous side lights mean that you can see the fire from different angles in the room. With cleaner lines and a large glass door it gives a light and modern impression. The new handles do not get hot and are integrated into the front of the stove. The white stove, Contura 310 Style, with glass door is one of the hottest newcomers of the year.

For more information about the Contura range click here.  Or, to see them on live display call into our showroom in Bideford.

The design and product development of Contura stoves occurs in Sweden.  Also, the stoves are assembled and quality controlled before leaving the factory in Markaryd, Sweden. This gives Contura full control over the quality in all stages of production. They take care to ensure that the stoves are suitable for the modern home and conditions.  Contura are proud to mark their stoves “Made in Sweden”.

 

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Aike Pellet stove or design classic?

Aike Pellet stove or design classic?

Beautiful clean lines and simple design of the Aike pellet stove. Surely a design classic?

The Aike pellet stove from MCZ has no front vents, made with a structure entirely made of painted steel. The new firebox features curved lines and is equipped with ceramic spark plug ensuring ignition times are reduced by 40%. You also have the option of using a handheld remote control or your smartphone.  Find out more about the Aike pellet stove here.

Phone us on 01237 420904 or call into our showroom in Bideford to find out more about having pellet stove in your home.

The most efficient and clean heating system

Pellets are an increasingly popular for those who are interested in an eco-sustainable source of energy. This is because pellet combustion is very efficient. With the same amount of fuel you will be able to achieve more heat with pellets than with wood. Additionally, pellet burns better and assures a very clean combustion. This is why pellet stoves benefit from the tax benefits and incentives for energy efficiency and renewable energy. They are some of the best environmentally-friendly alternatives you could choose to heat your home as well as to save on bills.

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Beautiful radiators to fill your home with warmth and style

Beautiful radiators to fill your home with warmth and style

There is something so classically stylish about cast iron radiators, they add a touch of timeless elegance to a room. They are a throwback to another era; to a time when the Industrial Revolution was in full swing. We are delighted to be stockists of Castrads radiators who see the past and the present collide with enduring elegance. These are not mass produced items made on the cheap; these are real quality pieces handmade by passionate and proud engineers. From the foundry to the factory floor, their team of experts ensure only the very best make it into the homes and buildings of our customers.

Come and chat with us to let us help you decide how many radiators you need, what size, and most importantly what style. We will help you choose from the huge array of styles, colours and finishes.

Phone us on 01237 420914 or call into our showroom in Bideford to find out more.

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Find out about pellet stoves – an ideal alternative to oil or gas

Find out about pellet stoves – an ideal alternative to oil or gas

This is an MCZ pellet burner. Fully automated space heater, the perfect alternative to oil or gas heating, and a more environmentally friendly way to heat your home too.

This is the Halo model and can be seen working in our showroom in Bideford.

Why choose a pellet stove? Opting for a pellet stove means using a cheap and environmentally-friendly fuel, but above all very convenient.

It is cost-effective, because it assures extremely high yields against a cost that is decidedly lower than fossil fuel (it is about 25% cheaper than natural gas and twice cheaper than diesel fuel). Furthermore, all MCZ pellet stoves fall within the tax benefits and incentives for energy efficiency and renewable energy and purchasing them is even more affordable.

MCZ pellet stoves are also excellent from an environmental point of view, because they are designed to assure effective and clean combustion, with over 90% yield and emission levels among the lowest on the market.

Opting for pellets also means convenience and ease of use. It is also bought at supermarkets in convenient bags, it is not messy and produces less ash than wood. Finally, pellet stoves have the great advantage of being able to operate automatically, adjusting switching on and off according to one’s needs. MCZ pellet stoves are actual miniature heating systems, they are able to heat several rooms, ducting hot air or heating water in radiators and bathrooms.

Why not book a demo and see how this could help you make your contribution to the Climate solution. We are also looking to install one at reduced cost as a case study, please contact me for details on 01237420904 and ask for Will.

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Your one-stop shop…

Your one-stop shop…

woodburning stoves – multi-fuel stoves – gas fires – flue systems – fuel – accessories – flue systems

If you are looking for a company in North Devon that can provide you with the full turnkey solution for the installation of your stove then The Fire Engine is the place to come.  We provide you with a one stop shop solution.

From our initial design consultation in our two storey showroom in Bideford, to the free survey in your home we will listen to what you are looking for in terms of lifestyle, design and budget to ensure you get the look and performance you need.  We then mange the entire process through installation to lighting the stove for the first time.

We stock quality stoves manufacturers including Contura, Chesneys, Dik Geurts and Dru.

For your one stop shop – call into our showroom in Bideford to see over 30 display models and live demos.

 

 

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The Fire Engine team

The Fire Engine team

Stop me and buy one…well not quite but do say hello if you see us out and about.  You will see The Fire Engine team out and about as we fit stoves across the whole of North Devon, from Bude to Barnstaple and from Ilfracombe to Okehampton.  You will see us either visiting customers to undertake our free design and surveys or our team of HETAS fitters will be installing stoves.

To arrange your free design consultation call us on 01237 420904 or visit our showroom in Bideford.

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