Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Early Autumn Newsletter

Well I hope that the Indian Summer is not over for us with the arrival of overnight temperatures of 1 or 2 degrees.    Steve is away at the moment doing some installations so I took advantage of this and lit our Fireview and settled down to catch up with Downton Abbey.  Yes for us it is a little early for lighting up but it was so nice and cosy.

We have had a busy 2 months with so many stove orders that we had to do quite a few of the deliveries ourselves across France.  

Orders are still coming in for winter.  The factory in Devon is flat out, but they are really good to us and are kindly making sure that our stoves are being finished on time or even ahead of schedule.  That said, if you are thinking of a stove for this winter, please get in touch before the real cold weather kicks in.    

Just to remind you of what to look for in a stove.  

If you are looking for a wood burning stove only,  it should have an air control that brings in air from above.  WOOD BURNS FROM THE TOP NOT THE BOTTOM.   If you’ve got a really old stove you might find that the air inlet is at the bottom and you will spend half the evenings in from of the fire poking around the logs to get enough air to keep it going.   
If you are looking for a multi-fuel stove then look for one that has both, an air inlet at the bottom and one at the top.   Solid fuel such as coal,  burns from underneath.    A multi fuel  stove will give you the opportunity to use either wood or solid fuel.  The bottom air inlet should be completely closable to enable wood burning. 

We supply both types.   Our best-selling Fireview model is a dual version, ranging in output  from 5 KW to a whooping great 20KW.   They can also be supplied with a variety of boilers to suit your central heating or hot water systems.  We can supply bigger stoves to order, but  your space would have to be huge as these can deliver so much heat!    We also do double sided stoves in single and double depths.  The 6KW double side single or double depth is a standard production; bigger outputs can be made up to order. 

The standard Fireview Flat Top 9KW Multifuel with Plinth.   
Cost of stove is £ 1,383.60 and plinth £150

The Wildwood Range, is purely for wood, also in the same sizes, with or without boilers, and in double sides if wanted. 

 Keeping warm with a Wildwood 5KW Flat top with a choice of bases = Price £1,056

We do other ranges, the Phoenix range, and the Foxfire, a wonderful little 4KW stove that packs a real punch!   

The wonderful little 4KW Foxfire.  Featurered here with the profiled Flat Top.   
Price £1,102,80 

All the stoves have an air-wash system meaning no more cleaning of screens – they do work believe me.   They also will burn overnight really easily.   Last night I let my stove go out, but I know that when I want I can keep it in 24/7, no dirty screens, no re-lighting and additionally…not much in the ash clearance thanks to the burning technology adopted by Woodwarm. 


One thing I need to remind you of is that if you have a wood burning stove you should by now have a carbon monoxide detector fitted, at least in the room where your stove is installed.  Ideally there should be one at every level of the house.  We hold a small stock of detectors should you have difficulty finding them.   They are priced at 10€ plus post.     
We also carry moisture testers* for your wood supply, priced at 15€ plus post, and finally we have stove pipe and stove body thermometers.   Priced at 10€ and 18€ respectively plus postage.  

I’m happy to put a package together for you to combine postage. 
*Wood should be ideally at less than 18% moisture or tar deposits may build up in your chimney. (Think of your chimney sweeping bill – and it can be dangerous as well as mucky in an open fire) 

If you need any help with choosing a stove, Steve has 35 years experience in the heating trade, fully insured and registered in France.  We can supply all over France and install within a reasonable distance of our base.   We have a small network of associate installers to help fill the gaps.   

Have a look at our on-line brochure on the main part of our website but feel free to contact us for any more information or free and friendly advice.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

September is here……

Now is definitely the time to think about the heat in your homes for winter.   I know, I know, we hate to think about it, particularly after such a good summer, but the cold weather will here before we know it and the rush will be on to get warm.   Unfortunately it’s a fact that many people don’t think about their heating until the temperatures drop and as a result the wait for stoves and installations is longer. 

For this newsletter I wanted to remind you that time is marching on, but also I wanted to give you some help on what to look for when deciding on a stove. 

I hear you asking, what’s the difference in all these stoves that are available?    Why shouldn’t we buy one from the local DIY store rather than a specialist?   Importantly, how long are the stoves guaranteed for?   

The main differences

Well, depending on the manufacturer, most quality stoves, including Woodwarm Stoves, are really well designed. Nowadays it’s not just a cast iron box with a door on the front.   They are well engineered to provide controllable heat, airwash systems that work, and are very efficient.  Some of our stoves are 84% efficient and suitable for smokeless zones.  The cheaper end of the market will certainly not be as well designed and engineered, nor will be as controllable, or have a specific air wash system.

This sophisticated air inlet system in a Woodwarm also provides a proper air wash that blows pre-heated air down the screen every time you use the stove, meaning you don’t have to clean soot from the door every day.  Also they burn so effectively that they produce little ash, meaning you are not constantly running outside with ash pans.   

DIY Store bought stoves v. Quality Stoves
Some of the stoves you see in DIY shops don’t have upper air inlets, or a solid grate making them neither a wood burner nor multi-fuel model.  Very few of them will stay in overnight and as soon as you build up an ash bed you have to poke at it to allow combustion air in, resulting in high-firing one minute and it dying away the next, which equals a lot of effort.   Just having open vents at the top of the stove or the door doesn’t make an air-wash system.

A well designed and engineered stove will also consume less wood because due to their precise control to enable a constant dancing burn that doesn’t eat up the fuel.  Woodwarm stoves are so controllable that you can run them throughout the day and night if you wish.

Yes of course you can buy from wherever you like, but consider the options first.  Do you want a stove to stay in day in day out?   Do you want to be constantly poking at the fire in the firebox to get enough air into it to keep it going?   Do you want to burn tons of wood?

The guarantees

Fact:      Many of the DIY store purchased stoves are only guaranteed for 1 year.  

Fact:      Many of the British manufactured stoves are only guaranteed for 3-5 years.

Fact:      Woodwarm Stoves are guaranteed for a full 10 years.  

Make sure before you buy a stove that it does have a good long guarantee.  

More Information

If you want more information about our stoves then get in touch, we are pleased to give free no-obligation advice.    We supply stoves all over France and an installation service.  Steve will install within a reasonable radius of our base, and we now have associate installers based in the Charente (16) and the Haute Vienne (87) to the west of Limoges and very soon one also based in Haute Vienne but to the East of Limoges.   I’ll introduce them to you in the next Newsletter.  

Finally don’t forget….

  • To install your CO2 detectors or your smoke detectors for your safety or 
  •  To buy a wood moisture tester to make sure you are burning dry wood… 18% moisture or less to prevent soot and goo forming in your chimneys/liners…and again for your safety.
  • Stove pipe thermometers are also a good idea to keep your fire burning at the optimum temperatures.

 To contact us follow the link back to the website where you will find our details. But here they are:  
04 68 47 05 44 / 06 04 14 51 57  

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Addendum to the July Newsletter and Breaking News

Woodwarm Introduce their New Addition to the Phoenix  Range

The Phoenix FireBug


The Phoenix Firebug 10kW
A new addition to the Phoenix
Range. This larger 10kW model is
available in standard height
(shown above) or with an integral
log store base. The Firebug 10kW
runs on a 152mm flue. This versatile
stove comes with boiler options
ranging from 10,000 to 30,000 Btu’s.

If you want any more details about this new addition or about any of the other stoves on offer, please give us a call or email.  We will be happy to help.   Our July Newsletter contains details of the Open Day at Fabrezan where you can meet us and see, touch and feel a stove in the flesh/metal.