Direct Stoves News
Fantastic news if you’re a fan of ACR stoves - they’ve recently updated their superb Astwood and Buxton stove models to make them even more eco-friendly, and in-line with forthcoming emissions regulations.
The regulations in question refer to the EcoDesign Lot 20 legislation that states that all ‘local space heater’ manufactured for sale in the EU must comply with minimum efficiency standards.
The first part of Lot 20 covers electric fires, storage heaters, radiant heaters, portable heaters and direct acting heaters, and comes into effect on January 1st 2018. However, a second regulation, which covers stoves and fireplaces that use solid fuels, comes into play from 1st January 2022.
This is all part of the EU’s attempts to reduce energy consumption by 20% over the next few years. There have already been ‘lots’ covering lightbulbs, washing machines, TVs, and more, and now the focus is on home heating.
All in all, it’s good news that stove companies are working towards making their products more eco-friendly, and it’s even better news that it’ll come at no extra cost to you. This is because Lot 20 requires stoves use “existing, non-proprietary technologies” without increasing costs to the consumer.
ACR have been working hard to ensure their stoves comply with Lot 20 regulations, and their fantastic Astwood and Buxton multifuel stoves have recently been updated. You can see them below:
ACR Astwood Multifuel Stove
This new model of ACR Astwood multifuel stove has an output of 5Kw, and is DEFRA approved meaning you can burn wood in smoke-controlled areas. Of course, being multifuel means you can burn a variety of smokeless fuels as well.
Also featuring a powerful airwash to keep the glass clean, and an adjustable log guard, this is a fantastic stove guaranteed to look great in any home.
ACR Buxton Multifuel Stove
The ACR Buxton multifuel stove features the same great specs as the Astwood above but slightly more compact. It is DEFRA approved, has a 5Kw output, and is multifuel so you can burn smokeless fuels and wood.
Whichever ACR stove you choose, you’re guaranteed to have a top quality product. And don’t forget - we offer finance, price match and free delivery on all our stoves for unrivalled value for money.
First look at the new Ecoburn gas stove from Arada available from October 2017 at authorised outlets such as Directstoves.com
With styling from the popular Ecoburn Plus wood burning stoves range this new gas model is sure to be a hit.
Gas stoves are becoming a real alternative to wood burners thanks to their no-mess operation.
No logs to chop!
No ash-pan to empty!
Just switch on and feel the warmth.
We know that the new Ecoburn gas stove has the same dimensions, large window and door handle details as an Ecoburn Plus 7.
Our spy-shot shows a ceramic log-effect fuel bed and we can also see the adjustable feet which make all Arada stoves so easy to fit.
We know it has a top only flue and runs on natural gas, no word yet on whether there will be an LPG version.
The price is rumoured to be around £1100, but we will update this article with full details, prices and specifications as soon as we have them.
If you would like to pre-order an Ecoburn gas stove, contact our sales team or call on 0845 450 8351.
So you’ve made the decision to have a wood burning stove installed in your home, and let’s face it, nothing says ‘home’ quite like a real fire. The cosiness of a wood burning stove cannot be denied, but once you have chosen which stove is right for your home, you have another decision to make – which wood to use.
If you are of the opinion that wood is wood, you are far from alone, but when it comes to burning, each wood (and there are a myriad to choose from) has its own properties; from scent, burn time, amount of smoke, and even how much crackle it produces.
How Can You Tell if Wood is Seasoned?
There are a few things to look for when you are searching for seasoned wood. If the logs make a dull thudding sound when knocked together, as opposed to the much clearer ‘clacking’ of well-seasoned wood, then it is probably not as dry as it needs to be.
Another way to tell is if the bark comes away easily from the outside of the log. If the wood is dry the bark will be easily removable – unseasoned wood will not yield it quite so easily.
If you think there can’t be that much difference between dry and wet wood, you would be wrong. A well-seasoned wood will produce approximately 50% more heat than its damper counterpart.
So, with that said let’s look at which woods are best, and why.
What Types of Wood Can I Use and Which Should I Avoid?
Ash is considered to be one of the best woods to burn. It creates a nice steady flame and produces a good heat output. Theoretically, it can be burnt when it is still green, but its performance will be compromised and this is not generally recommended.
Another two very good woods for use in a stove are Hawthorn and Yew. They both burn slowly and produce a lovely, steady warmth.
If you are looking for a wood with a good heat output combined with minimal smoke, then Thorn is an excellent choice.
If spitting and sparking are a concern, Apple might be a good option, although it does result in smaller flames. To offset that, it does burn slowly and steadily, so while it is not at the top of the list, it is not far below the best.
When Cherry is well-seasoned, it is a great wood for stoves. Cherry is a slow burner and produces a steady heat.
The mighty Oak, as a dense wood, is extremely slow burning and produces a small flame. However, it needs to be seasoned for at least two years in order for it to give its maximum performance.
Maple, Hornbeam, Pear, and Plum are all excellent alternatives for using in a wood stove, although Pear, in particular, needs to be very dry. However, they are all very good burners.
For anyone considering using Elm, it is worth noting that the way it burns can be unpredictable, depending on its moisture content. To counteract this as much as possible, Elm should be seasoned for at least two years. In addition, it can also be a slow starter, so it might be necessary, if using Elm, to start your fire off with a better burner, such as Ash.
So now we have looked at the best woods to use in your stove, let’s ‘branch’ out into the lesser-used woods, and why they’re not the best choice for your burner.
Holly, while producing a reasonably good flame, also burns quickly and is not a very good source of heat. For best results use wood which has been dried for a minimum of 12 months.
A wood which is probably best avoided if at all possible is Willow. Even when well-seasoned it struggles to burn, so it’s really just not suitable for a wood burning stove.
Linda Firth from consumer website, LoveMyVouchers.co.uk, added, “We have tried several different types of wood in our stove, but Willow was definitely one of the worst burners. We cut several large branches of our Willow tree and stored them in our woodshed for months to dry them out. The wood never really fully dried and struggled to burn. I much prefer to use Yew now.”
Laburnum should also be avoided at all costs! Not only does it not burn well, but it produces a huge amount of smoke.
Chestnuts roasting on an open fire might conjure up images of cosy winter nights, but Chestnut wood is more likely to have you shivering when it’s cold outside! Although it won’t choke you with smoke like Laburnum, it is a very poor burner, with small flames and minimal heat production.
A word of warning should be given about Eucalyptus, Larch, and Firs (including Pine). Although some of them can produce a good heat output, these woods can all cause a build-up of sap in the flue, which, if left unchecked, can cause a fire. The risk can be reduced by ensuring the woods are well seasoned, but this is probably one of those times when it is best to err on the side of caution, especially when there are so many other great woods available.
Reputable kiln dried logs supplier, Certainly Wood, have put together a useful compare the market guide showing the origin, species, average log length, and internal and external moisture content of their products compared to those of other suppliers.
Using an inferior wood in your stove is like using sunflower oil in a Ferrari – you just ‘wooden’ do it! Choose your wood wisely and you’ll be rewarded with warmth, comfort, and great value for money for many years to come.
Why choose a Burley balanced flue gas stove? It seems everyone would like a wood burning stove, but sometimes it's just not convenient. They are a labour of love and must be cleaned regularly and fed often. Some manufacturers have been offering gas-powered versions of their wood burners for a while now, but these still need a traditional chimney in order to work. What about those without chimneys? Until now they've had to choose something else or continue to dream.
Burley Stoves have spotted this gap in the market and are soon to launch a range of balanced flue stoves. Based on their famous Firecube range of tank-proof(!) wood burners comes the new Symmetry Balanced Flue gas stove.
No Chimney needed, just an external wall for the flue exit.
The Symmetry is a 3.2kW contemporary style stove with a choice of coal or log fuel beds and an 80% efficiency rating.
The Burley Symmetry balanced flue stove is available to pre-order now from Direct Stoves for delivery in August 2017, contact our sales team for more information and to order.
The new Charnwood Arc is a revolutionary stove, efficient and clean burning, it exceeds the forthcoming Ecodesign standards and has Defra approval for use in smoke control areas.
This smart, contemporary stove looks fantastic; it has gentle curves and subtle details such as the stylish fuel retainer, recessed door handle and air control lever; perfectly matched with Charnwood's patented Quattroflow® air management system for user-friendly operation. The Arc can burn wood, or smokeless fuel thanks to it's adjustable grate, externally controlled by a lever, nicely positioned to the side.
As a convection stove, the Arc has panels around it that perform a dual function. Firstly they heat the air around the stove much more quickly; cold air is drawn up from below the stove heated between the stove and the panels and released into the room. Secondly, the panels give the stove a much-improved distance to combustibles making the Arc an ideal free-standing stove, whether you choose the low option or the taller log store model.
As you might expect in a Charnwood stove from Direct Stoves, the Arc has a 10-year guarantee and is available in 8 Colours: Matt Black, Almond, Gunmetal, Brown, Bronze, Blue, Forest Green and Pewter.
Best of all the Charnwood Arc is now available in two outputs 5kW for small to medium sized rooms and a new 7kW model for larger rooms and open plan areas.