Friday, 9 October 2020

 British Wood Burning Stoves and Brexit


We have been waiting to hear from Woodwarm UK what will be happening as from the end of this year.   Yesterday we got the news.  

Until the 31st December all Woodwarm  stoves will carry the European CE approval plate and therefore still able to be used in France.   (The recent Flamme Verte 7 regulation is less complicated and less concerning than certain publications have published).   

After 31st December, if a trade deal is not made, then all UK stoves will carry a UK compliant plate only, unless manufacturers are able to get every single stove tested in the EU again.   This costs in the region of £8K per model of stove.    As there are up to 90 variations of our stoves this is uneconomic.  

Until the end of the year, we are legally able to import Woodwarm Stoves with the CE approval plate for use in French properties.  

Woodwarm have assured us that any orders received before the end of November/start of December will be honoured and delivered into France.  After that, we have to wait and see what happens.   

Therefore if you are considering a Woodwarm Stove for your property, please get in touch with us bearing in mind it is peak supply season.   


Friday, 1 May 2020

Despite this trying time, Spring is here at last but chimneys need sweeping ...


This is a shout out to remind you that it is nearing the end of the heating season hopefully, summer is coming, and it's time to book your chimney sweep if you can.    It is so important to have this maintenance done as tar build up in your flue can cause chimney fires and insurance companies are very cute at not paying out.   It is possible that during the lockdown you will have had more fires than normal.   A registered sweep will also inspect your flue and make sure it's still connected in the right places and in good condition.   He will tell you if it isn't.        

Now would normally be the time to start thinking about next winter's heating.  Once late August hits, things start to get busy and lead in times extend.    Presently, our factory is on shutdown with the staff on furlough.   But there are stocks of stoves in their storeroom which they managed to get finished before they had to stop, and staff working from home are able to take orders, and get them out via normal couriers.      We had a delivery this week, so it's possible to still order this Spring if you want to get ahead.   Please feel free to get in touch and we will try to help.    

We can supply throughout France still with available stoves, deliveries are permissible.    More locally we can supply and install within an hour (+/-) radius of base.    Steve is also able to offer a plumbing service, being registered with CMA Orne and fully insured for decenelle for stove and flue installation and plumbing.      City and Guilds qualified since 1983 and registered in France since 2006.  

Contact details are on our website or message through Facebook 


Stay safe everyone 

Steve and Tina Abbott





 

Friday, 21 February 2020

Ban on wood burning fires

Many people may have seen the news that the UK government is going to ban the sale of coal and for now 'wet wood'  and the newscasters have started to warn that all wood burning fires may be a thing of the past due to the particulates that they emit. 

The UK press also reports that only the most highly engineered and eco rated wood burning stoves will ultimately be  allowed to be sold in the UK. 

Many stoves that are fabricated in China, which are the ones you mostly see in the the DIY shops will not be rated high enough to be sold in UK, who knows in France yet.

Woodwarm Stoves are highly engineered to be environmentally friendly and many of them are DEFRA approved for use in smokeless zones.

The most important thing here, is once again my mantra.... do NOT BURN WET WOOD!   The wood should be less than 20% moisture content.    Any wood burner burning wet wood will produce tar and noxious fumes and can cause a build up tar in your flue and block it,,,, a fire hazard.  There is no point in burning wet wood, it will not produce the heat that you need.

Steve is the agent for Woodwarm Stoves in France and can help you pick the best wood burning stove that suits your needs.   Fully registered and insured (decennel) in France as a Plumber and Heating Engineer he can supply and install your stove in a 1 hour radius of our base and can also quote on your plumbing needs.   We can also supply Woodwarm Stoves throughout France. 






Monday, 20 January 2020

HOT TIP  - 



MOISTURE TESTERS AVAILABLE IN ALDI UK THIS WEEK AT £9.99




As my mantra is always burn seasoned wood that is 19% or less in moisture level, these are good value to keep your chimney clean and your house safe.  

Steve Abbott Plumber and Heating Engineer Tinchebray City and Guilds 1983, Fully registered and insured in France for over 14 years. 

06 04 14 51 57  woodwarmstovesfrance@gmail.com 

Monday, 13 January 2020


The Woodwarm Wildwood, CE approved range of stoves have been developed to be environmentally friendly, burning only wood as a totally sustainable fuel.   Wood fuel is carbon neutral.  It absorbs as much carbon in its growth as it releases when burnt.  Reducing carbon emissions helps the environment.   The WILDWOOD stove ranges from £1,176 for the baby 5KW to £2,024.40 for the whopping 20KW inclusive of VAT.  All come with a choice of base, in the picture below you can see the log store base.  All stoves are made to order at the base in Devon and finished to your specification, i.e. colour, bases and catches.

We can offer an installation service in our local area, if not we can help find a local installer

Contact us for more information.  Steve is fully registered and insured for stove and flue installation and plumbing work.

stoves@woodwarmstovesfrance.com   or woodwarmstovesfrance@gmail.com   

06 04 14 51 57 


Wildwood with log store base.




Friday, 10 January 2020

Steve offers a Plumbing and Heating Service including stove installations in West 61/South 14/East Manche  He is the agent in France for Woodwarm Stoves of Devon ....


... however this is general information on how to maintain a woodburner in winter no matter whose make. 


  • Don't leave any stove slumbering for too long, give it a rev up once a day to avoid tar build up in the flue.  I do this every morning when making a cuppa, our Woodwarm Fireview doesn't go out overnight, so I just open the 'speed' (air)  control and get it going then pop another log on.  

  • My normal mantra - don't burn wood that hasn't been seasoned.  Wood should have dried to at least 19% moisture content.    You can buy moisture testers from Amazon Sample of moisture testers on Amazon.

  • If your stove doesn't have a self-cleaning glass (like Woodwarm Stoves 😍) then do not use a scourer or anything abrasive as you will be left with a scratched glass which will attract more and more deposits and spoil your view.   

  • We also recommend a stove or stove pipe thermometer to not exceed the most efficient operating temperature.  Over firing can cause serious damage to your stove, and waste money with the amount of wood you are burning.   These are also available on Amazon should you want one. 

  • Don't forget that you need to have by French regulations  a smoke and carbon monoxide detector in your house no matter what stove you have.