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  • First Look: Charnwood Skye Wood Burning Stove

    We're not even back from our Authorised Dealer visit to Charnwood's Isle of Wight headquarters yet (more on that next week), but we HAD to share their latest stove with you - The brand new Charnwood Skye Wood Burning Stove.

    Charnwood Skye Wood Burning Stove The brand new Charnwood Skye 5kW Defra wood burning stove in gunmetal finish

    Full details to follow but we can tell you it's a 5kW Defra approved wood burning stove that exceeds the 2022 European Ecodesign standards for emissions.
    The contemporary looking Skye, with it's statement curves and minimalist controls, will be available in all 8 of Charnwood's current colour palette and can be ordered with or without a log stand option.

    We can't wait to get this beautiful new addition to the Charnwood family into our showroom.

    Charnwood Skye Wood Burning Stove with optional log stand The brand new Charnwood Skye 5kW Defra stove with log stand in matte black finish

    For more information on the Skye check back here or contact our Hetas trained sales team.

  • Coloured Wood Burning Stoves

    "Any color that he wants so long as it is black" is what Henry Ford said of his original Model T cars, just like the car, the wood stove has come a very long way in the last 100 years, take a look at our collection of beautiful coloured wood burning stoves.

    Stoves have progressed immensely over the last few years; they are cleaner, more efficient and easier to use than ever before. Now, with their popularity at a peak, manufacturers are using colour to differentiate their products from the competition. Stoves in creams, reds, and even gold are flying off our shelves to warm the best-decorated homes in the land.

    Many Aarrow stoves available with up to 7 coloured door options

    Whether you choose a traditional style stove such as the Country Life Bembridge from Charnwood or an ultra modern looking one like the Aarrow i400F (pictured above) the colour options look amazing and turn your stove into the main focal point of the room whether lit or not.

    Charnwood Stoves

    Coloured Wood Burning Stoves - Country Life Bembridge stove colour options. Charnwood colour swatch for the Country Living Bembridge stove.

    The Bembridge woodburning stove from Charnwood developed in association with Country Living magazine is available in a choice of 5 colours including two exclusive Country Living colours: Soft Green and French Grey, this modern twist on the traditional wood burning stove is guaranteed to be the talking point of any room's decor.

    Of course, it's not only the Bembridge that has colour choices; most of our Charnwood Stoves, from the popular C-Four and C-Five to the giant SLX45 boiler stove are available in 8 colour options.

    Coloured Wood Burning Stoves - Charnwood standard colour swatch Most Charnwood Stoves are available in these 8 colour options.

    Esse Stoves

    Esse Engineering has been making stoves since 1854 and counts the British explorer Shackleton and Florence Nightingale among their many famous customers. Long associated with traditional styles Esse surprised everyone last year with the Esse One stove available in Black, Ash White, Ruby Red and even Gold.

    Joe Clarke & Esse One stove Olympic Gold Medal-winning slalom canoeist Joe Clarke with his Esse One Gold coloured wood burning stove.

    Carron Stoves

    Our final choice for beautiful coloured wood burning stoves has got to be Carron Stoves. Their unique design shape is unlike anything else we sell. Carron stove outputs range from 4.7kW through to 11kW which is suitable to heat areas over 200M3
    Carron stoves are available in a traditional matte black finish or in 9 enamel colours;


    Choose from Carron's coloured wood burning stoves in Reds, Blues, Greens, Cream or Black finishes.

    If you want a coloured wood burning stove and can't see your choice here why not contact us, our sales team will be more than happy to help find the perfect stove for you.

  • Small space stove solutions

    Working from home is becoming more popular than ever, people that do it are keen to keep home and work life separate. No one wants to give up a bedroom or a living room to a desk and computer. One of the best ways to do this is by reusing a garden space. Leaving the house for work without the commute gives a much-improved work/life balance. A trip down the garden path is always going to be better than one down the local by-pass! You could opt for a custom-built garden office, reuse the garage or fall back on the trusty shed, but whichever you choose it should be a warm and inviting place to work.

    Local artist Vicky took the plunge and now works from a garden room studio, she came to us for heating advice. She thought her studio's wooden panelling might make installing a real wood burner out of the question, but really wanted the comfort and cosiness of a stove if at all possible.

    Small space stove solution 1, aMendip Woodland stove in artists studio Mendip Woodland stove in artists studio

    Mendip Woodland 4.5kW Wood Stove

    We found Vicki the perfect small space stove solution in a new model from Mendip Stoves called the Woodland. This 4.5kW wood stove won "Best stove under 5kW" at the Hearth & Home 2016 awards. Older stoves just heat nearby objects but the Woodland is a convection stove that heats and circulates warm air all around the room. It has heat shield panels that enable convection heating and also allow the Woodland to be installed much nearer combustible materials than would be possible with older models.

    This means that the Woodland only needs a distance of 10cm from the wall and is suitable to sit on a 12mm hearth, making it perfect for a wood panelled garden studio where space is a premium. The Woodland is also Defra approved for use within smoke control areas so it is an all round winner with us too.

    Stoves for smaller spaces are becoming more popular and manufacturers are catching up with this new technology, here are our top picks for small space stove solutions.

    Loxton 3 SE

    Small space stove solution 2, a Loxton 3 SE stove Loxton 3 SE stove

    Another Mendip Stove with convection heating. The clearance at the rear can be just 10cm and 20cm to the sides. The Loxton 3 is Defra approved, has 86% heat efficiency and can easily heat spaces of up to 44.8 cubic metres.

    Charnwood Cove 1

    Small space stove solution 3 a Charnwood Cove 1 Defra Approved stove Charnwood Cove 1 Defra Approved stove

    The smallest of Charnwood's Cove range has an output from 2 - 6kW and uses patented Quattroflow air management for an exceptionally clean-burning stove with over 76% efficiency. Fit the Cove with optional heat shield panels and it can be installed with just 25cm distance to combustibles. The Cove is available in 8 colours and a number of stand options.

    Loxton 5 Maxi

    Small space stove solution 4 a Loxton 5 SE Maxi Defra Convection Stove Loxton 5 SE Maxi Defra Approved Convection Stove

    The Loxton 5 Maxi is perfect for a larger space, at 4.5kW it comfortably heats rooms up to 63 cubic metres. The 5 Maxi only needs 10cm distance to combustibles at the rear and 15cm to the sides. The wide door takes 30cm logs and it burns with over 79% heat efficiency.

    Whether you need a stove for a workspace or a small space contact our Hetas trained sales team to get impartial advice and the perfect small space stove solution.

  • EcoDesign - Tomorrow's Stoves Today

    Country Living Bembridge by Charnwood Country Living Bembridge Stove by Charnwood. One of the new stoves that exceed the 2022 Ecodesign Directives.

    Air pollution is often in the news with headlines screaming that owning a stove is irresponsible and that to use one is killing the planet. Read further into the article, and you'll find that official figures suggest wood smoke from residential heating accounts for less than 10% of the air pollution in cities and that the figure includes open fires which release far more particulates than stoves.

    The Stove Industry Alliance a group representing manufacturers, government departments and fuel producers has started to tackle the air pollution problem from within the industry. New European regulations on domestic solid fuel burners are to be introduced in 2022 through the Ecodesign program.

    Ecodesign is the new Europe-wide program to improve air quality and lower emissions and will become mandatory for all stoves in the UK by 2022.

    Stove manufacturers within the Stove Industry Alliance have risen to the challenges of Ecodesign and are already producing stoves that meet and exceed the new criteria.

    • Lower Particle Emissions
    • Lower CO Emissions
    • Higher Efficiencies
    • Improved Fuel Standards and Sustainability

    Making modern stoves a cost effective and fuel efficient option for households across the country and in particular for people who live off the gas grid.

    Lower Particle Emissions

    Ecodesign places a maximum level of 40 micrograms per cubic metre (40μg/M3) for airborne particulates in stove flue exhaust. Recent SIA tests have shown that modern, clean burning stoves reduce particulate emissions by 90% compared to an open fire and 80-84% compared to an old (10-year+) stove. Manufacturers such as Arada Stoves have slashed these limits in their latest products, with new stoves producing between 50% and even 75% less particulates than the proposed limits, making truly cleanburning stoves.

    Aarrow i400F freestanding wood stove The Aarrow i400F Defra approved wood stove with only 17 micrograms per cubic metre exceeds 2022 directive by over 57%
    Arada Farringdon 12kW Wood burning Stove Arada Farringdon 12kW stove with only 10 micrograms per cubic metre exceeds 2022 directive by 75%
    Aarrow Ecoburn Plus 7 wood stove Ecoburn Plus 7 wood burning stove with only 11 microgram per cubic metre of particulates exceeds 2022 directive by almost 75%


    Lower CO2 Emissions

    When correctly installed, modern stoves produce emissions of only 0.008 kg CO2 per kWh - compared to 0.198kg for gas, and 0.517kg for electricity.

    Carbon Dioxide per kiloWatt hour graph Graph showing carbon dioxide release from modern wood stoves compared to that of gas or electric fires.

    Higher Efficiency

    Redesigned modern stoves burn the exhaust gases as well as the wood, this increases the heat output of the stove, giving more heat per Kg of fuel and releases fewer particulates to the atmosphere.

    Improved Fuel Standards and Sustainability

    As well as helping to reduce household emissions, wood-burning stoves also provide a carbon neutral, sustainable heat source.

    Wood logs are a natural by-product of the thinning process when harvested from efficiently managed forests. Thinning is essential to the conservation of the forest and ensures sufficient light and space for the remaining trees to thrive. Felled trees are replaced and replanted which preserves the woodland for future use. Wood logs are therefore virtually carbon neutral, and as a result, woodland is being increasingly recognised as a valuable resource for sustainable fuel.

    Fuel standards are not just down to the woodsman, though; stove users have a part to play too. The wood fuel needs to be dry, a moisture content of less than 20% is recommended to get the most from a stove. Dried logs give as much as 4.5kW/h heat output whereas wet or fresh cut logs only produce 1.0kW/h.

    With the new technology and commitments from manufacturers and government, these stoves have the potential to reduce UK carbon emissions by two million tonnes per year by 2020. Good news for everyone!

    Here are a selection of stoves that already meet the Ecodesign 2022 directives

  • A Guide to Wood-Burning Stoves

    Tradional Wood Burning Stove in a Brick Fireplace. Two piles of firewood are placed at both sides of the stove and some fireplace accessories are visible at the left side of the photo.

    There’s something instinctive about burning wood to create fire. Since the dawn of civilisation, the dancing flames and crackling sound of burning wood have helped us keep safe and warm.

    Even though gas and renewable heating sources offer modern alternatives to firewood, more people than ever are currently giving into their firestarter urges by buying a wood-burning stove.

    If you’re one of those thinking about investing in a wood-burner, here’s our overview of the main things you need to consider.


    Choosing a style of stove for your home

    First, you’ll want to ensure your stove matches the interior decor of your home. From classical cast iron to appliances in a variety of colours and attractive finishes, stoves come in a wide array of designs nowadays.

    Many people think that wood-burning stoves are only for people with large houses and lots of living space; however, we stock a huge selection of narrow stoves that are perfect for smaller spaces.


    What output is appropriate for the room/space you want to heat?

    Direct Stoves - What output is appropriate for the room/space you want to heat?

    The ideal temperature for health and wellbeing is between 18ºC and 21ºC. To heat a room in this temperature range, you will need approximately 1kW of heat output for every 14 cubic metres of space (volume).

    For example, if the width of your room is 5 metres, the length is 6 metres and the height is 3 metres, the volume will measure 90 cubic metres. This will mean that you’ll need a wood-burning stove with over 6Kw output to heat the room to the temperature desired.

    It’s important to note that glazed or non-glazed windows, insulation, the age of your home and a range of other factors will influence heat requirements. However, you can get a rough idea of the heat output needed from your stove by using our KiloWatt Calculator.


    How big must the hearth be for a wood-burning stove?

    According to the Stove Industry Alliance, when installing a stove in the recess of an open fireplace, the hearth must extend 20 inches in front of the stove and six inches either side. The hearth for a stove that has doors which open out must extend to at least 12 inches from the front of the stove.


    What do they burn?

    This might sound obvious, but wood-burning stoves burn wood – and nothing else. Under no circumstances should coal or smokeless fuels be set alight in a wood-burner. If you think you might want to burn coal in addition to wood, a multi-fuel stove will allow you to enjoy the best of both worlds.

    Show me a selection of multi-fuel stoves.


    How much does it cost to source suitable firewood?

    Chopped Firewood

    For wood-burning stoves to reach their full potential, you need to use the right wood. The general rule to follow when burning wood is drier equals better. Using damp logs with high levels of moisture will reduce your stove’s output and typically creates a lot of smoke.

    The price of wood varies from region to region. According to Which? kiln-dried wood is the most expensive and freshly cut logs, which still have a high level of moisture, tend to be the least expensive; however, kiln-dried wood offers the best heat output.

    Hardwoods such as oak and ash also take longer to burn than softer woods such as pine and fir, which makes them more economical.


    Do you want to boil water and heat a room as well?

    Boiler stoves provide hot water and run radiators, either separate to or as part of an existing central heating system. An article by This Is Money reported that many people found burning wood to be more cost-efficient than using electricity for both. This means boiler stoves can help cut the cost of energy bills by reducing your need to use electricity.

    Show we a wide selection of beautiful wood-burning boiler stoves.


    Can I use a wood-burning stove in smoke control areas?

    Many UK towns and cities are smoke control areas, which means you can’t emit smoke from a chimney unless you’re burning authorised fuels or using appliances that are exempt. The fine for breaking the rules is up to £1,000.

    DEFRA approved stoves are appliances that have been independently tested and certified to meet criteria for safe smoke emission levels. This means you can use them safely and legally in the many parts of the UK that are classified smoke control areas.

    Show me a selection of DEFRA approved wood-burning stoves.


    Do I need a chimney or air vent for a wood-burning stove?


    An adequate chimney is essential for wood-burning stoves for two reasons. The first is to carry smoke up and out of the house; and the second is to provide a draft to keep the fire burning. If your chimney can’t provide suitable ventilation for this second part, you might need to install a dedicated air vent before your wood-burning stove works properly.

    For more information, please refer to our dedicated stove chimney and air vent guides, or contact our friendly team today.


    What is an Airwash system?

    Am Airwash system is a highly desirable feature of high-quality wood-burning stoves. It uses a vent to draw cool air into the firebox, which is then heated and pushed across the glass panel in the stove’s door. This ensures the glass panel stays cleaner for longer and you get to enjoy the stove’s beautiful flames to their fullest.

    For more information about exactly how an Airwash system works, click here.


    Wood-burning stove maintenance and safety tips

    Chimney Sweep

    Although wood-burning stoves are easy to maintain, there are a several simple steps you can take to keep it safe and in good working order.

    For instance, the Stove Industry Alliance recommend hiring a trained professional to sweep your chimney at the beginning and the end of each year’s heating season.

    Clearing out your stove’s ash pan and cleaning the glass regularly is also advisable. However, leaving a layer of ash in the grate helps to start and keep a fire burning, so it’s best to check the manufacturer’s manual for specific guidance on how often your stove needs cleaning out.

    If you have small children or pets, it’s also a good idea to place a fireguard around the stove. At the same time, installing smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors can help ensure you and your family stay stove safe.


    Buying a wood-burning stove

    Direct Stoves is one of the UK's leading online retailers of wood-burning stoves. We stock a huge choice of wood-burners from leading brands, including Arada, Charnwood, Esse, Hunter and many more. To make sure you get the stove you want, we offer:

    • Free UK delivery–  on all products
    • Finance options – spread the cost of your wood-burning stove
    • Price match promise – find the same stove cheaper elsewhere, we’ll match the price

    Browse our range or contact our expert sales team for more information today.