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Electric Fires- Why the surge in popularity?

Have you considered replacing your old, inefficient gas fire or wood burning stove in recent months? If so, you may be thinking of changing to electric, here are some of the reasons why that may be the best choice for you: Whether you need something traditional or contemporary, there will be an electric appliance to suit you. Electric fires do not require a chimney or vent, installing one will give you the opportunity to remove any unnecessary source of drafts that may be existing. Flexibility of installation- an electric fire can be installed anywhere that it can be plugged in. They are a simple solution to providing a comforting flame and warmth to a room at the flick of a switch or push of a button. There’s a huge range of options to choose from: Flat wall fix / Freestanding- want to create an impressive centrepiece but have no existing fireplace recess? There are a variety of fireplace designs in timber or marble that can be fitted against a flat wall with the minimum of fuss. You could also choose a freestanding stove.  Inset fire- Want to keep an existing fireplace? All of our electric fire manufacturers have a number of options that are designed to fit into an existing fireplace opening. Even when the fireplace opening is non-standard, many of these fires can be provided with spacer frames to suit. Wall mounted- If you are looking to retain as much useable floor space as possible, why not consider mounting the fire on the wall? Built-In- Available in portrait or landscape shapes in all sizes, can be used within...

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...