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  • 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?

    Chimney

    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.

  • 9 Exceptional Multi-Fuel and Wood-Burning Stoves for Small Spaces

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    If you have a small home, house boat, garden room or any other living area where space is at a premium, there’s no need to pour water on your dreams of a fire just yet. These days you can choose from a wide selection of small stoves for small spaces. What’s more, each of the following nine narrow stoves are DEFRA approved, which means you can use them safely and legally in the many parts of the UK that are classified smoke control areas.

    Whoever said good things come in small packages was clearly onto something.

    1. Hamlet Hardy 4 Wood Burning Multi-Fuel Stove

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    As the smallest stove in Hamlet’s range, the Hardy makes an excellent choice for squeezing into a tight spot. As a multi-fuel stove, it burns wood or solid fuel and maximises efficiency by also using exhaust gases for fuel. Hamlet's 10-year stove body warranty and an impressive airwash system that keeps the stove’s glass clear and soot-free just add to the exceptional value offered by this small but powerful burner.

    2. Mendip Loxton 3

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    Released in 2016, the new Loxton has a reduced distance to combustibles. This means you can place it closer to combustible materials such as plasterboard found in walls, ensuring it fits even better with the smaller room size of many modern homes. Despite its modest size, the Loxton is feature-packed and includes an air flow system for optimal combustion and convection top plate which provides a better flow of heat around the room.

    3, Beltane Brue SE Multi-Fuel Stove

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    The Beltane Brue boasts an impressive efficiency rating of 86%, making it one of the most economical mini stoves available to buy. With a durable 5mm cast iron grate, large viewing window and superb airwash system, the Brue is functional, easy on the eye and will complement a wide variety of interior design schemes.

    4. Aarrow Acorn View 4 Multi Fuel / Wood Burning Stove

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    As the latest stove in its range, the Acorn View 4 has a much larger glass window than previous models, allowing you to better enjoy the beautiful flames roaring inside. Aarrow’s lifetime stove body guarantees this Acorn is efficient, easy to operate and built to last. Plus, it comes with the option of a clip-in boiler you can use to generate hot water for your home.

    5. Hunter Hawk 4 Defra Multi Fuel Stove

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    This awesome stove can produce up to 4.5 kW of heat from logs and smokeless fuels. As a small but fiery stove, the Hunter Hawk can squeeze into the tightest spots without compromising on heat output. Additional features include canopy options and a cool-touch riddling handle for removing excess ash safely.

    6. Hunter Herald 8 Slimline

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    The Hunter Herald 8 is an outstanding slimline stove that comes with a small 5-inch (125mm) flue for easy installation. Despite having less depth than larger models, this small but mighty stove can accommodate large logs close to 20 inches long. Thanks to its Cleanburn system, the Hunter Herald can also deliver a heat output of up to 6kW, helping to keep you toasty and warm.

    7. Cast Tec Juno 5 Multi Fuel Stove

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    The Juno is one of the most feature-packed small stoves on the market. Its triple burn technology – consisting of primary air burn, airwash secondary burn and tertiary air – ensures the stove always directs heat to the right places and has an impressive 79% efficiency rating. At the same time, its arched door design, extra-large glass window and classic cast iron aesthetic ensure the Juno is as beautiful as it is powerful. Showroom exclusive, not available online.

    8. Bohemia X40 Cube

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    There’s no doubt that the X40 Cube’s minimalist and contemporary design catches the eye. However, it’s under the hood where this small stove really impresses. Primary and secondary air sliders give you controllability over the heat output; a Skamolex lined chamber ensures the stove retains heat even after the fire has gone out; and an outstanding airwash system keeps its glass clear from soot, leaving you free to enjoy the wonders of the log fire burning inside.

    9. Parkray Consort 9 Slimline

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    Generating a heat output of up to 8kW, the Parkray Consort 9 Slimline is the most powerful narrow stove on this list. It even comes with the option of a clip-in boiler powerful enough to heat your home’s hot water and as many as three additional radiators. Throw in a wide door capable of accommodating large logs and clean burn technology for super-efficient fuel use and you have an impressive stove with capabilities that reach far beyond its compact frame. Showroom exclusive, not available online.

     

    We hope these exceptional narrow stoves have proven that your dreams of owning a wood-burning stoves can come true, even if you have a small home or living space.

    At Direct Stoves, we stock a wide variety of wood burners and multi-fuel stoves. We also offer finance options to help you spread the cost of buying your stove over time. You can contact our team for expert advice on finding the right stove or you can visit our Stockport showroom to find out more.

  • Small Stoves, Big Heat

    Small Stoves

    Small stoves, small in stature, big on heating. Our collection of stoves in the 5kW or under category are still big enough to heat a 70M2 room.

    With lots of contemporary and traditional designs, we have the perfect small stoves to fit in with your decor, whether you're going for loft apartment chic or homely country cottage.  As authorised dealers, we can offer 10-year warranties on many of the stoves we sell, as well as great finance options and free UK delivery.

    Use our Stove Calculator to check which size stove you need; it is easy to use. Just type in your room dimensions and let us know how much insulation it has; old and draughty = Poor, and modern, airtight = Good.

    Clicking Submit gives you links to filtered pages of suitable stoves. Choose from Defra, wood or multifuel in a range of styles and colours.

    Here are five of our most popular small stoves:

    Flavel Arundel 4.9kW Multifuel Stove.

    Small Stoves: Flavel Arundel 4.9kW Multifuel stove

    First introduced by Flavel at the end of 2015 the Arundel has become a top seller for us. This multifuel stove looks great in its contemporary metallic black finish with polished steel control and door handles. The Arundel is simple to operate, burns wood or smokeless coal, has Defra approval for use in Smoke Control areas, comes at a fantastic price and has a 2-year manufacturer's warranty.

    See more info on the Flavel Arundel Stove.

    Gallery Classic 5 Multifuel Defra Stove.

    Small Stoves: Gallery Classic 5 Multifuel Defra Stove

    The Gallery Classic 5 couldn't be more different than the Arundel. It has a completely traditional stove look, conjuring images of country cottages. This hard-working little stove has a 4.9kW output and a 79% heat efficiency, Gallery are so sure of this cast iron stove they give it a 10 year guarantee.

    See more info on the Gallery Classic 5 Multifuel Defra Stove.

    Hunter Compact 5 Defra Approved Multi Fuel Stove

    Small Stoves: Hunter Compact 5 Defra Approved Multi Fuel Stove

    The Hunter Compact 5 is a popular choice; Defra approval for Smoke control areas, classic looks, single or double doors and black or brass handle options. This traditional stove gives out up to 5.5kW of heat and has a five year manufacturers warranty.

    See more info on the Hunter Compact 5 Defra Approved Multi Fuel Stove.

    Aarrow Ecoburn Plus 5 Defra Approved Wood Burning Stove

    Small Stoves: Aarrow Ecoburn Plus 5 Defra Approved Wood Burning Stove

    Part of the Aarrow Ecoburn range, the Ecoburn Plus 5 is a fantastic little performer. Available as a wood (pictured) or multifuel burner this is a little stove you can really warm to. It has a lifetime guarantee and is available with optional raised stand or log store stand (pictured).

    See more info on the Aarrow Ecoburn Plus 5 Defra Approved Wood Burning Stove.

    Charnwood C-Four DEFRA Approved Wood Burning / Multifuel Stove

    Small Stoves: Charnwood C-Four DEFRA Approved Wood Burning Stove

    Last, but definitely not least comes the Charnwood C-Four. Developed in 2011 the C-Four has become the stove to measure all small stoves to. It's impressive feature list includes; wood or multifuel burning, external air kit, easy to operate single control, various stand and logstore options and a choice of 8 colours! Making it truly a small stove for all homes.

    See more info on the Charnwood C-Four DEFRA Approved Wood Burning Stove.

    We hope our run down of some of our most popular small stoves has given you some inspiration on which to choose? If you're still undecided, contact our sales team who will be more than happy to help you choose your perfect small stove.

  • Ekol Clarity Vision - the new superwide 5kW stove

    New for 2016, the Ekol Clarity Vision is designed to be one of the widest 5kW stoves available in the UK, there are few rivals in this category.

    Ekol Clarity Vision wood burning stove

    The Vision offers large, clear views of the flames through it's widescreen ceramic glass door which is kept clear by the advanced airwash system. A mirrored finish glass option is available for an ultra modern look, this shows off the fire patterns when lit but no mess or ashes when dormant.

    The Ekol Vision has an extra wide 600mm body and yet is a true slimline stove with a depth of just 281mm, allowing installation in either shallow fireplaces or as a freestanding unit without taking up the whole room. An optional rear heat shield is available to reduce heat from the rear of the stove.

    The Vision is also available as a taller model with built in log store. Whichever model you choose, the Ekol Clarity Vision Wood burning stove has excellent efficiency ratings of 82% and ultra clean burn for the environmentally conscious buyer. The Vision is Defra approved for smoke controlled areas and has a handy 5" flue outlet with top or rear connections. The 5kw nominal heat output means no additional room vent is required.

    To learn more about the Ekol Clarity Vision, come and see it in our Stockport showroom or call our friendly sales team.

    The Ekol Clarity Vision is available now from Direct Stoves.

  • Blogger Competition: Our Winning Pizza Recipes

    Blogger Competition: collage of finalists pizzas

    A few months ago, we were excited to launch our very first blogger competition.

    The challenge? For bloggers to share their favourite pizza recipes, along with a reason why they love outdoor dining.

    The prize? An eye-catching Stovey Trio Fire – a stylish, 3-in-1 BBQ, garden table and fire pit that’s completely weatherproof and worth £399.

    Stovey Trio Fire 3-in-1 BBQ - Direct Stoves

    (Didn’t enter? You can still get your hands on one ready for summer, with financing available from just £12 a month! Buy it here.)

    Here, we’re happy to announce our five favourite entries, one of whom is our overall winner. What’s more, we’ve made each of the finalists’ pizzas into a unique pizza recipe card that’s perfect for saving, printing and sharing. Feel free to Pin your favourite recipe to Pinterest!

    Balsamic onion, feta & Serrano ham pizza by Melanie’s Fab Finds

    Putting a healthy spin on the traditional Mediterranean pizza thanks to its wholemeal flour base, this pizza would be perfect to enjoy with a glass of wine on the lazy summer evening.

    Pizza Recipe Card: Balsamic onion, feta and Serrano ham pizza

    Guacamole-stuffed crust fajita pizza by Just Call Me Lynz

    This pizza has all the ingredients you need for an authentic Mexican meal – why not pin up a piñata and enjoy it as part of an outdoor Mexican fiesta?

    Pizza Recipe Card: Guacamole-stuffed crust fajita pizza

    Blue cheese and pancetta individual pizzas by Supergolden Bakes

    These individual skillet pizzas are perfect for people who don’t like sharing – and their flavoursome ingredients give them a grown-up edge that’s perfect for sophisticated summer garden parties.

    Pizza Recipe Card: Blue cheese and pancetta individual pizzas

    Mini tortilla crust pizzas by All About A Mummy

    For something you can whip up in a jiffy, these bite-size pizzas do not disappoint. Perfect for the kids to grab when they’re busy playing outdoors.

    Pizza Recipe Card: Mini tortilla crust pizzas

    Goat’s cheese & walnut cauliflower-base pizza by The Inspiration Highway

    This recipe swaps the traditional flour base for one made from cauliflower, and uses homemade pesto instead of tomato sauce – making it a unique treat that’s vegetarian, gluten-free and totally tasty.

    Pizza Recipe Card: Goat’s cheese and walnut cauliflower-base pizza

    The Winner

    We randomly selected our prize-winner from all five finalists, and are happy announce that our winner is Lucy Parissi of Supergolden Bakes. Congratulations, Lucy – your new BBQ will be with you just in time for summer!

    Many thanks to all the other finalists, as well as everyone else who entered our competition. It was fantastic to see how much everyone loves a bit of outdoor cooking.

    Feeling inspired by all the delicious looking recipes above? Browse our complete range of high quality pizza ovens and wood BBQs to find your ideal outdoor oven today.

  • Summer Is Coming: Outdoor Entertaining Ideas for Enjoying the Sunshine

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    Incredibly, summer is just around the corner. Before we know it, we'll be enjoying long hot days filled with sunshine, followed by warm balmy evenings and pleasantly cool nights.

    Outdoor entertaining is a great way to enjoy the warmer months, and make the most of them before they are gone. To give you some inspiration, we've put together some ideas to make this summer the best yet. Read on and get ready for the sunshine.

    Create the perfect outdoor entertaining space

    The first step to getting your garden entertaining-ready is to create an attractive environment. Start perking up your grass now by giving it a mow and applying pre-emergence weed preventer and lawn feed. Then string up some coloured bunting or lanterns, and invest in some good quality garden furniture and a high quality barbecue to create the perfect entertaining space.

    Our Winnipeg Easy Assemble Stone Barbecue With Grill (pictured) can be used with either charcoal or firewood and has an attractive granite base.

    Move dining outdoors

    Is there anything better than dining outdoors on a summer afternoon? You don't have to subject your guests to uncomfortable plastic chairs and paper plates. Instead, invest in a high quality garden table and chairs and go the extra mile with your table decorations and tableware.

    The pictured reclaimed slate cake stand and olive wood serving dishes will add a touch of rustic charm to your garden party, whilst a patterned table runner will add colour.

    Try out some new recipes

    Summer is a great time to try your hand at some outdoor cooking and impress your guests with delicious flavours. You can't, of course, beat a classic barbecue on a hot day, and our Stovey Trio Fire (£350) is a great choice – it transforms from a modern garden table into a garden heater and flame grill as if by magic.

    Why not try the following easy barbecue recipes:

    Alternatively, if you want to really impress your guests, why not invest in one of our outdoor pizza ovens (pictured above)? Some mouth-watering wood fired pizza recipes include:

    Homemade pizza dough will, of course, make all the difference. Find a great recipe here.

    Make the most of the long summer evenings

    Another great thing about summer is that you don't have to head inside as soon as the sun starts to go down. Pretty fairy lights woven through the trees, cosy throws, and marshmallows roasting on an open fire are the perfect accompaniment to an atmospheric evening barbecue.

    Don't let the summer months pass you by. Make the most of them, get outside and enjoy the sunshine.

    You can find a range of outdoor ovens and barbecues on Direct Stoves' site. Or head over to Duckydora for a wide range of beautiful homeware, including the products featured in this post.

  • Blogger Competition: Win a 3-in-1 Stovey Trio Fire!

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    It may feel like sunshine is just a distant memory at this point, but spring officially begins in March so we are mere weeks away from some warmer weather!

    As brighter, longer days start to roll around, we thought it would be the perfect time to celebrate dining outdoors. Whether you’re cooking up a classic BBQ at lunchtime or gathering around a crackling outdoor fire in the evening to share a homemade pizza, there’s nothing quite like a rustic, home-cooked meal enjoyed in the garden to bring the family together.

    Here at Direct Stoves, we sell a range of high-quality, wood-fired pizza ovens and stylish stone BBQs to make outdoor cooking as much of a pleasure as outdoor dining! And this spring, we’re giving one blogger the chance to win our eye-catching Stovey Trio Fire, worth £399.

    Stovey Trio - a 3 in 1 fire-pit, garden table and barbeque

    The Stovey Trio is a modern, 3-in-1 appliance that will look fantastic in any garden. Fitted with its stainless steel lid, it’s a chic garden table for your drinks or snacks. Come meal time, simply attach the grill top for a delicious flame-grilled steak or burgers. And in the evening when the kids have gone to bed, it becomes an elegant fire pit to keep you warm and cosy whilst you relax on the patio with a glass of wine or a good book.

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    How to enter

    For your chance to win the Stovey Trio, simply write a blog post sharing your own pizza recipe and explaining why you and your family love eating together outdoors.

    Whether it’s a ‘secret’ family recipe for the perfect Margherita, or a stuffed-crust affair with all the trimmings, we want to know which pizza your household would most love to share.

    Our five favourite pizza recipes will be turned into illustrated, printable recipe cards and featured on the Direct Stoves blog, and one of those five will be selected at random to win the Stovey Trio Fire.

    Once you’ve published your blog post, email it in to hello@bloggingedge.com by 12th April to ensure we have seen it.

    Terms and conditions

    • Competition closes at midnight on Tuesday 12th April 2016 (GMT)
    • Entry applies to UK residents only
    • To be eligible for entry in to the draw, bloggers must publish a blog post including a pizza recipe and a description of why they enjoy dining outdoors
    • One entry per blog website
    • Entrant must be 18 years of age or older and be able to provide proof of age
    • The five finalists will be selected by Blogging Edge by Monday 18th April 2016 and will have their recipes converted into illustrated recipe cards which will be published on DirectStoves.com
    • Entrants agree to the credited use of their recipe in a derivative work, in the form of an illustrated recipe card published on DirectStoves.com, with potential edits to their original format or text for layout reasons
    • The winner will be selected at random from the five finalists by Blogging Edge by Wednesday 18th May 2016
    • The winner will be notified by email to the email address used to submit their entry
    • Reasonable efforts will be made to contact the winner. If the winner cannot be contacted, or are unable to comply with these terms and conditions, Direct Stoves reserves the right to offer the prize to the next eligible entrant
    • The selected winner will have 28 days to claim their prize
    • The prize cannot be transferred to anyone else
    • There is no cash alternative to this competition
    • The prize includes any 1 x Stovey Trio Fire
    • The winner agrees to the use of their name and blog website name and will co-operate with any other reasonable requests by Direct Stoves and Blogging Edge relating to any post-winning marketing and publicity
  • Timeless Style: 10 of the Best Wood Burning Stoves for 2016

    You can’t get cosier than an evening beside the warm glow of a wood-burning stove. Not only can a stove be a great addition to your home, but they can cut your energy bills and add value to the price of your property.

    To inspire you this year, we’ve picked ten of the best wood-burning stoves for 2016, featuring a variety of timeless styles. Find your favourite below.

    1. Our Bestselling Arundel Multi-Fuel Stove from Flavel

    This stove is our bestseller – and for good reason. It combines a classic style, in a metallic black finish, with practicality and an affordable price. As you can see from the photograph above, this stove beautifully complements a contemporary, neutral living space, bringing light and warmth into the room.

    2. The Elegant Charnwood C-Five Stove

    Another bestseller, this design has it all: charm, elegance and wood-burning efficiency. Plus, with the option to add a handy store stand, which allows you to store wood underneath the stove, the piece offers contemporary style and practicality. Available in black, almond, gun metal and pewter colours, the stove would be the perfect match for a modern country-style room, creating a beautiful focal point.

    3. The Contemporary Aarrow Ecoburn Stove

    This is another hugely popular stove, which can bring contemporary elegance to any room, as well as offering a practical optional log store. The stove comes as a multi-fuel stove and is also available as a Defra Approved Stove, which allows you to burn wood in a smoke control zone.

    4. The Versatile Norvik 5 Wood-Burning Stove

    Whatever the style of your home, this stove should fit right in. Its classic style makes it versatile – perfect for a traditional country home or a contemporary living space. This cast iron stove is also highly practical and efficient, with a standard multi-fuel grate that allows it to burn smokeless fuels, wood and peat.

    5. The Stylish But Economical Hunter Hawk 4 Wood-Burning Stove

    Cut the cost of your heating bill without compromising on style with this traditionally designed stove. While it may have the period look you’re searching for, its design and development have been anything but old-fashioned. This stove has had its efficiency tested extensively in Hunter's labs to create a design that offers 72.8% efficiency.

    6. The Sleek and Stylish Esse 125SE Multi-Fuel Stove

    If you’re looking for a stunning centrepiece for your room, this sleek, stainless steel design could be for you. It’s the perfect stove for large fireplaces in small rooms – as it’s a large, but not over-powering stove. Plus, its extra-wide flame window gives the room a colourful, warm glow.

    7. The Timeless Little Wenlock Classic SE Stove from AGA

    This is our most popular stove from the AGA range, with a timeless style that would complement any room. It also lives up to the AGA badge, with an excellent amount of heat output (4.7kW), 79.4% efficiency and a cool-touch handle.

    8. The Modern Westfire Uniq 35 Block Multifuel Stove

    This sleek steel stove will perfectly complement a contemporary interior design – or even add a touch of modern style to a more traditional one. And, with a heat-efficient insulated chamber and heat output of 4.3kW, you can rest easy knowing you won’t be feeling the cold with this multi-fuel stove in your home.

    9. The Unique Westfire Uniq 37 Wood Burning Stove

    If you’re looking for a stove that’s a real centrepiece, this cylindrical, contemporary wood-burning stove is a must-buy. Large glass panels allow a complete 180 degree view of the flickering flames within, and the stove can also be purchased along with a raised pedestal base to elevate its status in the room still further.

    10. The Charming Country Living Bembridge Wood Burning Stove by Charnwood

    This Charnwood wood-burning stove, designed in association with Country Living magazine, blends contemporary and traditional style to create a stunning piece of décor for any room. What’s more, it comes in a choice of five colours, and is also approved for use in smoke controlled areas thanks to its outstanding clean burning and efficiency.

    We hope these 10 stoves will leave you feeling inspired for 2016. As you can see, there is a stove to fit any style and size of room.

    Still looking for your ideal stove? Browse our complete range of high quality, great value wood-burning stoves today. And don’t forget that all our stoves come with free UK delivery, a finance facility and price match promise as standard.

  • Why a Wood Burning Stove Could Save You Money and Add Value to Your Property

    Book lying open in front of a wood burning stove.

    A wood burning stove can create a cosy focal point in any home – and save you money. Credit: Unsplash.

    There’s been a lot of buzz about wood burning stoves recently – HETAS, the official government body for the approval of biomass and solid fuel heating appliances, are installing 60% more wood burning stoves than they were seven years ago.

    But what is behind this wood burning revolution? Of course, people install wood burning stoves for a wide range of reasons; some yearn for the cosiness that comes from having a real fire, while others tout their carbon neutral credentials (although forestry processes do involve some carbon emissions). However, some of the biggest reasons an increasing number of people are turning to wood burning stoves are financial: namely, the promise of reduced energy bills and the value they can add to a property.

    If you’ve heard the rumours and are here because you’re considering making the switch to a wood burning stove, we’re here to help. Here, we outline exactly how a wood burning stove can save you money and add value to your property.

    Save money with a wood burning stove

    A lot of people come to us asking “Do wood burning stoves save money?” – and we’re here to tell you that yes, they can! Indeed, according to some wood-burner devotees, a wood-burning stove can cut your energy bills by around 25%.

    This is because wood costs less to burn than many other forms of fuel. Indeed, according to recent figures, burning wood pellets (a common fuel for wood burning stoves) costs just 2.5p per kilowatt hour, whereas gas costs 4p and electricity 11p.

    In addition to this, if you’re debating between installing a wood burning fireplace or stove, it’s important to note that wood burning stoves are significantly more energy efficient than open fires – around 70-90%, as opposed to 20%. As such, a wood burning stove requires less fuel and so has lower running costs than a wood burning fireplace.

    However, it is important to remember that it can take years for a wood burning stove to cover the initial costs of installation, which can cost upwards of £2,000. Switching to a wood burning stove should be viewed as a long-term financial investment, rather than a quick way to make savings.

    Dog sleeping next to wood burning stove.

    The entire household can enjoy the benefits of a wood burning stove – and it’s a great way to add value to your property. Credit: Patrick Fitzgerald.

    How to add value to your property with a wood burning stove

    In addition to saving you money on energy bills, a wood burning stove can also add value to your property. This is because a wood burning stove will appeal to potential buyers on several counts:

    • Character – a wood burning stove creates a unique focal point within a home
    • Aesthetics – wood burning stoves add a touch of flair to a building’s interior design
    • Low energy costs – as conventional fuel costs continue to rise, heating costs are going to play an increasingly important role in potential house buyers’ purchasing decisions

    Indeed, according to some estimates, a feature fireplace can increase a home’s total value by as much as 5% – a figure almost certainly likely to cover the initial cost of installing the wood burning stove, and then some.

    We hope we’ve helped you see that, not only do wood burning stoves save money, but they can also hold benefits for homeowners wondering how to add value to their property.

    Interested in making the switch to a wood burning stove? Browse our complete collection of wood burning stoves and multi-fuel stoves today. We offer a wide range of leading brands, not mention free UK delivery and a price match promise on all of our products.

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