Benefits of a cast iron stove this New Year

Put aside your list of New Year resolutions and instead think about choosing a cast iron stove to transform your 2022. Cast iron stoves can be an incredible feature, as well as a practical addition to any home. And we are sure it will make you happier than that gym membership! Here at JMS Wood Burning and Multi Fuel Stoves, we are leading stove experts. As a result, we have produced this guide to why you should choose a cast iron stove this New Year,

What are the benefits of a cast iron stove this New Year?

Cast irons stoves are the perfect way to get that cosy feeling this winter. And with temperatures set to plummet through January and February, its a great time to think about installing one in your home. But what kind of benefits can you expect? Well, cast iron stoves are:

  • strong, reliable, resilient and durable- a cast iron stove from a reputable supplier is built to last. This means that it wont warp or bend with the heat of the fire, and you wont have to worry about repairs or replacements.
  • stunning design- cast iron stoves can be created to be traditional and welcoming, or contemporary and stunning so, you can choose whatever style will fit your home.

Should you choose a multi-fuel or wood burning stove?

So when it comes to cast iron stoves, should you choose a multi-fuel, or a wood burner? Well, there are advantages and disadvantages to each, but the main difference is that a wood burner is designed specifically to burn wood, so other fuel forms would not be an option to heat your home. On the other hand, the multi-fuel stove is built to burn a range of materials so you will have the full range of fuel options.

For more information, or for your multi-fuel stove installation, get in touch today, here at JMS Stoves.

Choosing the right fuel for multi fuel stoves

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With wood burning and multi-fuel stoves increasing in popularity over recent years, there has also bee a rise in the number and type of different fuels. With a wood burning stove you should be sticking to FSC wood, but there are more options for multi-fuel stoves. So what are the suitable fuel types for multi-fuel stoves? And which type of fuel will best suit your requirements? Well, here at JMS Wood Burning and Multi-Fuel Stoves, we are leading stove experts. From multi-fuel stoves, to wood-burning stoves, we have a wealth of knowledge, skills and expertise. And this is our guide to help choose the right fuel for your requirements.

Choosing the right fuel for multi fuel stoves

There are a number effective fuel options for steel or cast iron multi-fuel stoves. These include:

  • Wood and logs- you can burn wood on a multi-fuel stove. Just like logs for a wood burner, you should only choose wood that is FSC approved.
  • Smokeless fuel briquette– these are specifically crafted briquettes that can be used on a multi-fuel stove, without creating smoke. These are very popular as they are easy to light, and reach a very high heat. These also leave no waste, just ash.
  • Anthracite- this is a naturally occurring smokeless fuel, with a long burn time. However, it is not as easy to light as the manufactured fuels, like the smokeless briquettes.

Fuels to avoid for your multi fuel stove

There are some fuels to avoid for your multi-fuel stove as well. These include:

  • House coal- Unless specifically stated in your manufacturer’s guide, you should avoid using house coal in your stove at all costs. This is because the house coal burns at a much higher temperature, which could cause damage, while the smoke will also blacken your stove’s glass.
  • Peat- Peat is not a renewable source of energy, and could cause environmental damage.

For more information or advice, get in touch with the experts today, here at JMS Stoves.

Using a stove for winter heating

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With big increases expected for the cost of energy across the UK in the next few months, just as the temperature plummets, there has never been a better time to install a multi-fuel or wood burning stove. But how can these be used to heat your home in winter? Well, here at JMS Wood Burning and Multi-Fuel Stoves, we offer a range of stoves that could be perfect for any home. As a result, we have produced this guide to tell you how you can heat your home with a stove this winter.

What are the options when using a stove for winter heating?

Wood burning and multi-fuel stoves are available in both cast iron, and steel varieties. These are designed in a range of styles, from traditional to ultra-contemporary so there is something to suit any home. While cast iron stoves take a little longer to heat up, they do retain heat for longer. So if you want instant warmth when you walk in from the snow, a steel stove could be a good option. But if you want to warm your home through for the evening, without using as much wood or fuel, an iron stove could be a good choice.

Either stove you choose, you could see a big heat output, as long as you choose the right size stove for your room or home. Here at JMS Stoves, we can help you with that.

Wood burning stoves

Wood burning stoves are designed only to burn wood, and are created with efficiency in mind so that you will get the most heat from as little wood as possible.

Multi-fuel stoves

Multi-fuel stoves are designed to burn wood, coal and other fuel sources. This means you can choose a range of alternatives, and you wont have to rely on wood.

Coming home to a stove is a great way to relax and unwind as you thaw out. For more information or advice, get in touch with the team today, here at JMS Wood Burning and Multi-Fuel Stoves.

Installing a wood burning stove this Autumn

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Here at JMS Wood Burning and Mutli Fuel Stoves, we are Birmingham’s leading stove specialists. We install all kinds of stove, including wood burning and multi-fuel stoves, as well as cast iron or stainless steel varieties. But why is Autumn a great time of year for stove installation?

Why should you consider installing a wood burning stove this Autumn?

There are a number of reasons why Autumn is the perfect time to add a wood burning stove to your home. These include:

  • Darker, colder nights most home-owners with a wood burning stove start to use this more regularly as soon as Autumn arrives. This is because once the nights begin to draw in early, and the temperature drops outside, a roaring fire is perfect. Lighting a wood burning fire can fill your home with warmth and energy, and if you install now, you will be a wood burning stove expert by the time the depths of winter arrive.
  • Relax and unwind- a real fire is the perfect way to unwind and relax during the Autumn and Winter period, especially when the weather becomes more unpredictable. A wood burning fire is perfect for meditating, as you can watch the dancing flames and find peace and tranquility. This is sure to help combat the stress of the outside world!
  • Great quality heat- a wood burning stove offers a high quality of heat that will keep your whole home warm this Autumn and winter.
  • Quicker installation- finally, one of the biggest practical advantages is that installing your wood burning stove in the Autumn can mean you miss out on the long waiting period associated with the winter months, when demand surges and installers are busy.

For more information or advice, or for installation of your new wood burning stove, get in touch today with the experts here at JMS Stoves.

Different shape options for wood burning stoves

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Here at JMS Wood Burning and Multi-Fuel Stoves, we are leading stove experts. From multi-fuel stoves, to wood-burning stoves, we have a wealth of knowledge, skills and expertise. And we offer professional installation and advice to homeowners and property developers across the area. We have produced this guide to everything you should know about the different shape options for wood burning stoves.

What are the different shape options for wood burning stoves?

There are a number of different shape options available to choose from for your new wood burning stove. These include:

  • Cylindrical stoves
  • Rectangular stoves
  • Rounded stoves

Cylindrical wood burning stoves

Wood burning stoves with a cylindrical shape are increasing in popularity, particularly for contemporary homes and contemporary interior design. These are often free standing and can make a dramatic visual impact in any space. Cylindrical stoves can also be teardrop shape or even completely round.

Rectangular wood burning stoves

These are probably the most common shape option for any stove, as many standard wood burning stoves are either rectangular or square. These are available in both highly contemporary designs, as well as very traditional design options, to suit any home. As the more standard stove shape, rectangular stoves can be easier to fit into standard fireplaces and alcoves.

Rounded wood burning stoves

Rounded wood burning stoves straddle the line between the cylindrical design and the rectangular design, using curved glass doors at the front, or curved side panels to transform a basic rectangular stove into something more contemporary.

Choosing the right shape stove

To choose the right shape stove for your property there are a couple of considerations to bear in mind. These include:

  • The amount of space available
  • The style and design of the room

For more information or advice, or to choose your new multi-fuel or wood burning stove, get in touch with the experts today, here at JMS Stoves.

Advantages of EcoDesign wood burning stoves

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Recently, we discussed the environmental aspects of burning wood on a wood burning stove. And while this is essentially carbon neutral, and great for your carbon footprint, some older types of wood burner, and wood burners built without a filter, can create environmental issues. These include being responsible for reducing the quality of the air, and releasing larger particles into the atmosphere, contributing to greenhouse gases. This is where EcoDesign comes in. So what is EcoDesign? And what does it mean for wood burning stoves? Well, here at JMS Wood Burning and Multi Fuel Stoves, we are Birmingham’s leading stove experts. As a result, we have produced this guide to wood burning stoves and EcoDesign.

Wood burning stoves and EcoDesign

So, first of all, what is EcoDesign? Well, EcoDesign is the new standard that stove manufactures should be aiming to meet. This is an award given be DEFRA to confirm that these stoves produce less smoke and particle emissions than other wood burning stoves. The Government is aiming to make all stoves DEFRA certified by 2022, which isn’t too far into the future.

What are the advantages of EcoDesign wood burning stoves?

So, why should you choose a wood burning stove that has been DEFRA certified as an EcoDesign? Well, there are a number of reasons, including:

  • Protecting the environment- we are in a climate emergency, with drastic measures necessary to protect the planet for future generations. With an EcoDesign stove, you can be sure that your stove will release up to 90% less particle emissions, which is great news for the environment.
  • Saving money- not only do EcoDesign stoves save the environment, they can also help you save money too. This is because they are designed to maximize the airflow into the fire, reducing the amount of smoke that is created. This helps the fuel burn much more efficiently, so that your fire burns hotter for linger, using less fuel.

For more information or advice, get in touch with the team today, here at JMS Stoves.

Choose a multi-fuel stove instead of a gas fire

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Here at JMS Wood Burning and Multi-Fuel Stoves, we are leading stove experts. From multi-fuel stoves, to wood-burning stoves, we have a wealth of knowledge, skills and expertise. And this is our guide to everything you should know about how multi-fuel stoves compare to gas fires.

Why should you choose a multi-fuel stove instead of a gas fire?

There are a number of reasons why a multi-fuel stove can be a better option for your home than a gas fire fitting. These reasons incude:

  • Carbon monoxide and maintenance- while both multi-fuel stoves and gas fires will require some annual chimney maintenance to keep these in tip top condition, gas fires will need to be installed by a registered gas safe engineer and will need to be examined and serviced by an expert on a yearly basis. A gas stove will also require a carbon monoxide sensor fitting to ensure that your household is completely safe. A multi-fuel stove will need yearly maintenance for your chimney, but additional steps will not be necessary.
  • Additional heat- while a gas fire is on average 6kw, multi-fuel stoves can be larger than this, up to 15 kw. So for larger rooms and open plan spaces, a multi fuel stove can be the most practical option.
  • Running costs- when you compare gas prices to the fuel options for multi-fuel, it is clear that a multi-fuel stove has lower running costs, although gas fires can be up to 100% efficient.

What are the important considerations?

There are some important considerations you should bear in mind, including:

  • Any stove over 5kw needs an air brick or ventilation kit installed in the same room to ensure adequate air flow
  • Both gas and multi-fuel stoves will need to be installed within a chimney breast or an outside wall.

For more information or advice, or to choose your new multi-fuel stove, get in touch with the experts today, here at JMS Stoves.

Why is summer the perfect time to buy a multi-fuel stove?

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Here at JMS Wood Burning and Multi-Fuel Stoves, we are leading stove experts. From multi-fuel stoves, to wood-burning stoves, we have a wealth of knowledge, skills and expertise. And we offer professional installation and advice to homeowners and property developers across the area. We have produced this guide to everything you should know about buying a multi-fuel stove in the summer.

Why is summer the perfect time to buy a multi-fuel stove?

There are a number of reasons why purchasing and installing a multi fuel stove in the summer months is so effective. These include:

  • High amount of stock availability– once the autumn months begin, availability of stoves begins to decrease as more and more people have these installed in preparation for winter. Buying in the summer can be a good way to beat the rush. This brings two advantages:
    • You have more choice- you can be sure to get the model of stove that you really want instead of having to compromise on design or style.
    • You can have your stove installed quickly- you wont have to wait as long for your stove to be installed if this is purchase and arranged in the summer, due to the decrease in demand at this time of year.
  • Plenty of time to prepare- purchasing and installing a wood burning stove in the summer months provides plenty of time for winter preparation. By the time winter arrives, you should be well stocked up on your preferred type of fuel, and you will know exactly how to operate and use your multi fuel stove for the biggest benefits for your household. In addition, if there any teething problems, these can quickly be resolved.

For more information or advice, or to choose your new multi-fuel or wood burning stove, get in touch with the experts today, here at JMS Stoves.

Choosing a contemporary free standing stove

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Here at JMS Wood Burning and Multi-Fuel Stoves, we are leading stove experts. From multi-fuel stoves, to wood-burning stoves, we have a wealth of knowledge, skills and expertise. And we offer professional installation and advice to homeowners and property developers across the area. We have produced this guide to everything you should know about contemporary free standing stoves.

What are the important considerations for choosing a contemporary free standing stove?

There are a number of important considerations to take into account when choosing a new contemporary free standing stove. These considerations include:

  • The shape- contemporary freestanding stoves are available in a wide range of shapes and sizes. These include cylinder freestanding stoves as well as square, rectangular and hexagonal shapes. This means that for your home or property you will need to choose a shape of free standing stoves that suits the available space, and that creates the right heat distribution for your property.
  • The design- contemporary free standing stoves are available in a couple of different material options including cast iron and stainless steel. While stainless steel usually is associated with more contemporary design there are a number of cast iron free standing stoves that can also look stunning in a contemporary property.
  • The heat output- as when choosing any stove for your property you will need to factor in the heat output and efficiency of your new free standing contemporary style stove. A professional team like us here at JMS Stoves will be able to guide you through the different heat output options so that you can make the right choice for your home.

For more information or advice, or to choose your new multi-fuel or wood burning stove, get in touch with the experts today, here at JMS Stoves.

Multi-fuel stoves for open plan living spaces

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Here at JMS Wood Burning and Multi-Fuel Stoves, we are leading stove experts. From multi-fuel stoves, to wood-burning stoves, we have a wealth of knowledge, skills and expertise. And we offer professional installation and advice to homeowners and property developers across the area. We have produced this guide to everything you should know about multi-fuel stoves for open plan living spaces.

What are the considerations when installing multi-fuel stoves for open plan living spaces?

There are a number of considerations to take into account when installing a multi fuel stove in any open plan living area. These considerations include:

  • The direction of the stove
  • The size of the stove
  • The stove style

The direction of the stove in an open plan living area

In an open plan living area you will need to distribute the heat evenly around the room to effectively warm the ground floor. However, you may want it to become warmer around your main seating area, where you’ll be spending your evenings. As a result the location of the stove can be an important practical consideration.

The size of the stove for an open plan living area

The size of the stove is an important consideration in terms of providing enough heat to the ground floor of your home. A professional team like us here at JMS Stoves can help you determine the size of the stove you need.

Stove style in an open plan living area

In an open plan living area the stove will be visible from all directions. As a result, it is essential that you choose the right stove for the style of your interior decor. Stoves are available in both traditional and contemporary styles so you can make the right choice for your property. You can also choose the shape of the stove as well, including cylindrical stoves and hexagonal stoves, as well as the more traditional square or rectangular shaped stoves.

For more information or advice, or to choose your new multi-fuel or wood burning stove, get in touch with the experts today, here at JMS Stoves.