Welcome to The Woodburning Stove Company
Suppliers and installers of traditional and contemporary woodburning and multi-fuel stoves
At The Woodburing Stove Company, we think there is something magical about having a real fire in the home - it provides a sense of ‘warmth’ that simply isn’t created by any other heating system.
Warmth (definition) = Good feeling, affection, wellbeing, hospitality, emotions, kindness, compassion, cordiality, enthusiasm, glow, passion, spirit, excitement.
In today’s world where most of us are concerned with environmental and economic issues, especially the rising prices of electricity, gas and oil, more and more people are looking for a heating solution that is effective and has minimal impact on the environment. Woodburning and multi-fuel stoves offer all this with the added value of providing real warmth; you know, the kind of warmth that you get from a mug of hot chocolate when you’ve just got in from taking the dog for a walk on a wet cold January evening.
Please do drop in to see us at our showroom in Berwick-upon-Tweed and speak with one of our HETAS registered engineers.
The Woodburing Stove Company is passionate about bringing fire into your home, or business for that matter, and creating a real sense of warmth and wellbeing. There is no getting away from the fact that fire requires work, getting and storing logs, tending and looking after it so it burns just right. But these jobs are half the fun of fire and these tasks will soon become embedded into family life. I remember going for walks with my family on a Sunday afternoon when I was a boy and my mother always used to say “don’t come back without two sticks for the fire”. While stoves do take more effort to look after than an electrical switch on the wall, they give far more back than you put in.
The Woodburing Stove Company supplies and installs a wide variety of wood and multi-fuel stoves for domestic and commercial situations.
Why burn wood?
Wood is the cheapest fuel on the market and, from an environmental perspective, is carbon neutral. When burned, wood releases only the same amount of carbon as the tree absorbed when it was growing. Not only that wood, unlike coal, oil or gas, can be reproduced by planting new trees to replace those cut down. That way the Co2 cycle is maintained generation after generation.
To bring carbon levels down to zero, wood must be burnt as efficiently as possible and most of the leading stove manufacturers have invested a lot of time and money in creating exceptionally efficient combustion systems. One of the key elements to the efficient combustion is the removal of natural moisture from wood in a process called seasoning. This is achieved naturally by air drying for up to two years in a properly constructed log store, or this process can be accelerated by drying wood in a kiln. The moisture level recommended by stove manufacturers is around 20%, this is the level at which logs burn most efficiently and give maximum heat output.
If you try to burn wood with too high a moisture content, the energy used to produce the heat is used to dry the wood instead. That means all you get is charred logs and tar deposits on your door glass and in the flue system.
Wood & Multifuel Stoves
A woodburning stove is different to a multi-fuel stove. A woodburning stove has no grate, the logs burn on a bed of their own ash. The lack of a grate system limits the air supply from underneath the wood fuel preventing it from burning too quickly.
A multi-fuel stove uses a grate system to allow for a variety of fuels to be burnt. In today’s stoves, multi-fuel does not include the burning of household coal or peat, but does include wood and smokeless fuels such as anthracite. The majority of today’s British built stoves from the likes of Charnwood come with an adjustable grate system as standard, enabling them to burn various fuels very efficiently.
Smoke Control Areas
Do you live in a smoke control area but fancy a stove? If yes, then don’t worry. Over the last few years, there has been an increasing demand for woodburning stoves from those who live in smoke controlled areas, such as Edinburgh. In recognition of this the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), has now approved a limited range of woodburning stove that are suitable for use in smoke controlled areas.
The Woodburing Stove Company supplies standard and DEFRA approved stoves from various UK and European manufactures. Please contact us to find out.
Flues & Chimneys
Flues and Chimneys are a vital component for any woodburning or multi-fuel stove. A chimney allows the gases produced in combustion to be released safely into the atmosphere. For a chimney to operate satisfactorily it should be smooth, warm and as straight as possible. If a chimney is irregular, rough and leaky, cold or damp, the gases will move slowly and the system will be ineffective. This could result in a poor draw, smoke backing up into a room or the build-up of condensates in the chimney system which may increase the risk of chimney fires.
Lining your Flue
For an existing chimney that is built from masonry or lined with a clay liner, we would recommend lining your chimney with a stainless steel liner. However, a qualified and experience chimney sweep will be able to give you a report on the condition of your existing chimney, and advise whether you should have it lined or not.
We always recommend flue lining where possible. A flue liner will substantially decrease your chimney volume, consequently higher temperatures will be maintained and flue gases will travel faster, generating greater and more consistent draft. A lined flue, with its smooth surface, is also very easily cleaned.
When possible, flue liners should be insulated to help with maintaining flue temperature. A warm flue will collect less deposit, reducing the risk of a chimney fires, and cleaning is much easier to carry out. Insulation can also reduce the noise that the flue gases travelling though the liner can create.
Twin Wall Insulated Flue
If there is no masonry chimney stack for you to utilise, you will be required to use a twin wall flue system to create a chimney for the flue gases to travel to the outside world. Twin wall flue systems can be positioned within the house, dependant on where it is penetrating the ceiling and where it is coming out in relation to the roof. They can also penetrate a wall, and run up the side of your house. Twin wall systems can be bent/offset to avoid windows and ridge beams, but there are strict regulations that need to be considered before building can carried out. The most effective and cheapest way to create a twin wall flue system is to keep it as straight as possible.