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Choosing a gas stove

One of the most appealing aspects of a gas stove or fire is the ability to have instant heat at the touch of a button. Even if you are still looking for a wood burning look, many gas stoves look just like a real log burner. Many modern gas stoves can also be controlled via remote control, giving you full control of your fire from the comfort of your sofa. Gas stoves and fires come in a huge variety of shapes, sizes and finishes. Some, like the Gazco Loft gas stove, offer modular installation, giving you freedom of choice when it comes to the visual height and presence of the stove. Others might give you a variety of linings, frames and fuel effects, such as the Studio gas range. The Studio 1 Freestanding gas fire blends geometric angles with sweeping curves for a sleek contemporary finish. Offering a landscape view of rolling flames, this large format fire is available with a choice of a smoothly curved bench, or plinth mounting options, each echoing the fire’s distinctive design. Installing a gas stove if you don’t have a chimney There are a host of options to you to make it possible to have a gas stove or fire when you don’t have a chimney. A conventional flue gas stove or fire requires a chimney or flue system in order to function. If you do not have a chimney, you may be able to have a pre-fabricated system installed. This works in the same way a normal chimney would. The other option is to go for a balanced flue gas stove or...

How can I burn right?

Step 1: Do you live in a Smoke Control Area? If you live in a town or city, there is a good chance you live in a Smoke Control Area. In a Smoke Control Area, you can only use Defra-approved appliances to burn solid fuel, or if you do not have an approved appliance, you can only burn authorised smokeless fuels. Step 2: Have you updated your old fireplace? One of the best ways to help our environment when it comes to burning solid fuel is to consider the appliance you are using to burn your fuel. It is widely recognised that old stoves and fires are vastly less efficient when compared to modern, clean burning appliances such as an Ecodesign Ready stove. If you are using an open fire or older stove to heat your home, you may wish to consider replacing it with a clean burning, high efficiency model that produces less emissions. Some stoves are not only approved for use in smoke control areas, but are also Ecodesign Ready. An Ecodesign Ready stove burns so cleanly it meets, and in many cases exceeds, future 2022 environmental standards. Crucially, an Ecodesign Ready stove keeps emissions to an absolute minimum. Stovax stands in support of the Government’s Clean Air Strategy, and updating an old fireplace is a good place to start. We recommend updating to a DEFRA-approved or Ecodesign Ready stove or fire – you can read more about the benefits of Ecodesign Ready stoves on our website, and find out more about the Clean Air Strategy here. Step 3: Are you burning the right fuel? To take...

Defra’s Clean Air Strategy

On the 22nd May the Environment Secretary Michael Gove published a Clean Air Strategy which aims to cut air pollution and save lives, backed up through new primary legislation. Here we demystify the strategy and look beyond the misleading headlines. The new strategy, which is now out for consultation, is a key part of Defra’s 25 Year Plan to leave our environment in a better state than we found it. HETAS, Woodsure and The Stove Industry Alliance have all been consulting with Defra for some time now and once again Defra has clarified they are not looking to ban stoves. This draft of the Clean Air Strategy outlines ambitions relating to reducing air pollution in the round, making our air healthier to breathe, protecting nature and boosting the economy. In this draft strategy, they set a clear direction for future air quality policies and goals. The strategy sits alongside three other important UK government strategies: Industrial Strategy, Clean Growth Strategy and the 25 Year Environment Plan. The Clean Air Strategy can be viewed in full by clicking here. There are national emission reduction commitments for overall UK emissions of five damaging air pollutants. These are: fine particulate matter (PM2.5) ammonia (NH3) nitrogen oxides (NOX) sulphur dioxide (SO2) and non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOCs) The announcement highlighted one area of particular concern is burning wood and coal to heat a home which contributes 38%* of UK emissions of damaging particulate matter. Cleaner fuels and stoves produce less smoke, less soot and more heat. In future only the cleanest domestic fuels will be available for sale. The Woodsure Ready to Burn...