Posted: August 14, 2023
Fire and Rescue services are advising people to take extra care after a spate of fires involving chimneys and wood burning stoves. People with wood burning stoves, which are growing in popularity due to the spiralling cost of gas and electricity, are reminded to get them correctly installed and regularly maintained. HETAS, the Heating Equipment Testing and Approvals Scheme, provides details of chimney sweeps at hetas.co.uk/consumer/services/chimney-sweeps.
Sweeping your chimney at least once a year and using a quality-assured fuel is the key to prevention. Not only does this remove soot and tar deposits but also gives chimney sweeps the opportunity to check for any problems with the chimney or liner. A typical sweep only takes about 90 minutes and doesn’t make a mess. Professional chimney
Posted: July 12, 2023
In these times of global crises and rising fuel poverty, wood-burning stoves have emerged as a crucial lifeline for many families. However, some newspapers have been quick to condemn this heat source, misrepresenting data and overlooking the positive impact it has on people's lives.
While it is undeniable that updating outdated open fires and wood-burning stoves can substantially reduce PM2.5 emissions, we urge a more nuanced examination of the facts. The UK's Clean Air Strategy by Defra suggests that domestic combustion is responsible for 38% of fine particulate matter, based on a 2015 government survey that overestimated wood burning in stoves and fireplaces.
A more extensive and independently verified 2019 survey of over 10,000 individuals revealed a much lower figure, around 13%, for domestic combustion. Furthermore,
Posted: May 23, 2023
Slumbering a stove refers to the practice of intentionally dampening down the fire and reducing the air supply to make the fire burn slowly for an extended period, often overnight. While it may seem convenient to slumber a stove, there are several reasons why it is generally not recommended:
- Inefficiency: Slumbering a stove, leads to incomplete combustion of the wood, resulting in lower efficiency and increased emissions. When the air supply is reduced, the fire does not burn at its optimum temperature, leading to smouldering and the production of more smoke and pollutants.
- Creosote Build-up: Slumbering can contribute to the build-up of creosote in the chimney. Creosote is a highly flammable substance that can accumulate over time when there is incomplete combustion. It increases the risk of chimney fires, which can be dangerous and potentially cause significant
Posted: April 14, 2023
To get the most out of your wood fuel it needs to be dried and ready to burn, this will help you to:
- Get the most heat out of your stove or open fire
- Maximise efficiency, meaning you will burn less fuel and save money
- Reduce the risk of chimney fires
- Reduce air pollution which is harmful to you and your neighbours
Most modern stoves are efficient, well-designed pieces of equipment. The fire box and air flow controls are designed to get the most out of wood-fuel with a moisture content of up to 20%. Unseasoned or wet wood can:
- Be difficult to light and keep alight
- Damage your grate or stove, tarring the inside and blackening the glass
Posted: January 26, 2023
As gas and electricity prices rise, wood burners are becoming more popular.
To help people get cosy during the long cold nights of winter, more than a million and a half people have wood burning stoves in their homes, With a recent boom in people switching to solid fuel alternatives to heat their homes. Although this sounds like a good idea, many may have missed the recent law changes regarding wood burning stoves.
Owners now have to comply with all sorts of regulations and appliance exemptions and, in 2022, new laws came into force that affect the type of log burner you can buy and what you put in it.
Are wood-burning stoves being phased out?
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Our twin wall is designed for use with wood, oil, gas and low sulphur coal fuels. Constructed of 25mm mineral wool insulation, sandwiched between a 316 Grade stainless steel 0.40mm thick inner wall, and a 304 Grade stainless steel 0.40mm thick outer wall.
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ULTRAFLEX – Quality, High Standard & Performance
ULTRAFLEX is British designed and manufactured right here in Kent, South East England. Installing a stove is no small investment and that is why you need a product that is easy to install, made to the highest specification and most importantly doesn’t let you down.
Our ULTRAFLEX liners are all made of stainless steel twin-lined grade 1 quality and produced to the highest of standards. We went to the market with ULTRAFLEX with the aim of being THE INDUSTRIES NUMBER ONE and we achieved this.
- Made of 316 or 904 grade Stainless steel (Triple lock).
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(Valid as long as you own the property)
- HETAS approved