Installation And Servicing
We have over twenty five years experience in the fitting, servicing and repair of Wood burners.
We are able to carry out the following works
Wood burners FAQ's
This will depend on the current construction of your chimney. We assess each job individually. In many cases it is unnecessary to line the chimney. For example if you have a 1970’s house you will more than likely have a concrete block liner that if in good condition, should be adequate for your stove. If you have a large brick chimney, it is often advisable to line it. This increases the draught, which in turn makes your stove work better and lowers the risk of tar and soot build up (which can cause chimney fires).
If you need a stove over 5KW in output then it will be necessary to have a permanent vent in the building to assist with flue draught and to make sure the fire has enough oxygen to burn safely. Anything under 5KW can be installed without need for ventilation.
It is important to have a stove that is the right size for the room it is going into. Too big can be just as bad as too small. It is often better to have a smaller stove working hard than to have a larger one that is just chugging away. We can help you choose the right size for your room.
Yes but you will need to make sure your stove has been defra approved for burning in a smoke control area. Fortunately there is a growing supply of these from various manufacturers.
One of the most critical factors in wood burning is the moisture content of the wood. This is where wood seasoning comes into play. Freshly cut wood will contain a moisture content of around 65-90%. This wood should never be used. Apart from producing very low outputs this wet wood will also generate large amounts of soot and tar, which can potentially lead to chimney fires (as these particles will coat your chimney and are combustible). For best results wood should have a moisture content of less than 20%. The process of removing the excess moisture is called seasoning. Seasoning is air drying the wood and can take up to two years. Wood should be stored in a well ventilated, (but covered), structure outdoors. You can buy kiln dried wood but this is not as environmentally friendly as air dried wood.
You can test wood by using a digital moisture meter. These will give you a moisture content reading in % good enough for you to reject a load if it turns up wet.