Top reasons to buy a multi-fuel stove

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Now that winter is drawing in, and the weather is turning colder, you might be thinking about installing a stove. A wood-burning stove, or a multi-fuel stove, could both transform your daily routine, and your fuel bill. But with a multi-fuel stove, you will have the added advantage of being able to burn a range of fuel types including wood. So why should you buy a multi-fuel stove? And what kind of difference will it make? Well, here at JMS Stoves, we are are leading stove experts. As a result, we have produced this guide to the top reasons to buy a multi-fuel stove.

Top reasons to buy a multi-fuel stove

A multi-fuel stove could be the perfect investment, bringing a variety of benefits, including:

  • warm, relaxing home- what could be better than sitting around the fire on cold winters night? It’s just so relaxing. In fact, there is proof that looking into the flames of a stove can reduce your blood pressure, and help you relax and socialise. It’s in our evolution! So listen to your inner caveman, and get the fire going.
  • cut down on bills- by purchasing an multi-fuel stove, you could cut down on your energy bills. Eco-friendly, solid fuels, burn at a very high temperature, for a very long time. This means that if you have a multi-fuel fire in your living room, the surrounding rooms will be heated as well. As a result, you wont have to rely on your central heating as much, and you could save on energy bills.
  • aesthetically pleasing- nothing beats the appeal of a real fire, in a real stove. From contemporary designs for contemporary homes, to traditional stove designs, there is something to suit any home or property.

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

Maintenance for your multi-fuel stove

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Now that the dark nights are drawing in, its the perfect time to be putting your feet up in front of a multi-fuel or wood burning stove.  And here at JMS Stoves, we offer an amazing selection of top of the range of stove products perfect for any home. But once your stove has been installed, how can you keep it looking new? Well, as Birmingham’s leading stove experts, we have produced this guide to maintenance for your multi-fuel stove.

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Maintenance for your multi-fuel stove

Keeping your stove in tip top condition isn’t just important for the aesthetics. It’s also important for the efficiency and effectiveness of your stove. So as part of your maintenance, you should be:

  • Removing ash and soot- ash soot and any remaining debris should be removed before lighting your stove up again. This will help keep the air circulating inside the stove, and keep the fire well lit, and your home warm.
  • Internal check up- every so often you should be checking the internal parts of your stove for damage and obvious build up of soot, ash or debris. Make sure you pay close attention to the firebricks, glass and rope seals.
  • get your chimney swept- its good practice to arrange for a chimney sweep to sweep your chimney on an annual or bi-annual basis. It may even need to be more regular than this. Check inside your stove for any signs of build up of debris above the flue baffle. This is in the upper part of the firebox. You might need a torch to see them.
  • Clean the glass- for a stunning stove, you need to keep on top of the glass care. This means waiting for the stove to cool, and cleaning the glass using a specialist glass cleaner for the best results. You don’t want to smudge the ash around, you want to remove it completely.

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

Advantages of steel stoves

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Choosing between a cast iron stove, and a steel stove can be tricky. And that’s before you’ve spent time deliberating between a multi-fuel stove and a wood burning stove. Either a cast iron stove or a steel stove can be incredibly effective at heating your home. But why would you choose a steel stove, instead of cast iron? Well, here at JMS Stoves, we are Birmingham’s leading stove experts. And this is our guide to the advantages of steel stoves.

Advantages of steel stoves

There are a number of advantages of steel stoves. With the main benefits including:

  • the speed to heat up
  • traditional or contemporary style
  • quality material

The speed to heat up

Steel stoves are much faster to heat up than cast iron stoves. And this means that your home can be warmed through in a lot less time, by using a steel stove.

not only will your home warm faster, but it will also cost less to heat. Simply because it will take less time for your room to reach optimum temperature. This means you could be spending less money on fuel.

Traditional or contemporary style

When you think of steel stoves, you probably think of ultra-contemporary stunning design pieces. And while this is true, there are some stunning, contemporary steel stoves out there, traditional steel stoves are also an option.

In fact, there are a wide variety of styles to choose from when opting for a stainless steel stove. And this means that steel can be the perfect choice for a range of households, from the contemporary, to the traditional.

Quality material

You might have heard some horror stories about steel. And cracked or warped stoves. Unfortunately, these stories are entirely possible if you purchase a low quality steel stove. And if you instead opted for a low quality cast iron stove, you’d also see the same effects. It’s not steel itself that is an issue for stoves, its the quality of the material. High quality steel can create some stunning, long lasting, durable stoves.

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

Advantages of cast iron stoves

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When it comes to choosing a new stove, you don’t just need to choose between a multi-fuel stove, or a wood burning stove. You also need to think about whether you want a steel stove, or a cast iron stove. And it can be a challenge to know which stove material would best suit your home, and your lifestyle. But here at JMS Stoves, we are Birmingham’s leading stove experts. As a result, we have produced this guide to the advantage of cast iron stoves.

Advantages of cast iron stoves

There are many advantages of cast iron stoves, and these include:

  • stunning design
  • robust and durable
  • warming your home for longer

Stunning design

Although steel might be more contemporary than cast iron, cast iron stoves are available in a wide variety of designs and styles. From traditional stove designs, to ultra modern, sleek and stylish stoves, cast iron could be the perfect choice for any home.

Robust and durable

Cast iron stoves are robust and durable. They are not going to warp or bend with the heat of the fire, unlike some low quality steel stoves that are available from unscrupulous suppliers.

Cast iron stoves are also built to last. So you shouldn’t have to worry about repairs or damage, because these stoves are built for quality and longevity.

Keeping warm

On a practical level, cast iron stoves can be a great option. This is because one of the biggest advantages of cast iron stoves is that they stay warm, long after the fire has been extinguished. This means that your home will get warm quickly, and then stay warm for a longer period of time. Especially when compared to a steel stove.

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

Multi-fuel stoves and energy efficiency

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When you think of a wood burning or multi-fuel stove, energy efficiency is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. But using a multi-fuel stove can actually help to reduce your energy bills. And these stoves are also designed to meet stringent energy efficient measures. Here at JMS Stoves, we are leading stove experts. From wood burning to multi-fuel stoves, we offer a wide range of products to suit any home. Including traditional, modern and inset designs. As a result, we have produced this guide to multi-fuel stoves and energy efficiency.

Multi-fuel stoves and energy efficiency

Multi-fuel stoves are incredibly energy efficient when compared with other forms of heating your home. If you were to use your new stove as the main source of heating for your home, your carbon footprint, and use of natural resources could be less than relying on gas. As efficient as A grade gas boilers are, they are still using a finite natural resource. In comparison, multi-fuel stoves can burn wood logs, produced as part of a fully sustainable process. As long as you only buy logs that are produced by a provider that replants trees.

Alternatively, if you were to use your new stove as secondary heating, you need to compare this with other secondary heating options. These are either halogen heaters or electric heaters. And each of these options eat up fuel at a considerable pace. And neither are particularly safe. House fires can easily be started by either halogen heaters or electric heaters. Whereas a multi-fuel stove burning energy efficient logs, is much more suitable for the environment that electricity or gas.

Reduce your energy bills

Whether your stove is a primary or secondary source of heat, you will notice a drop in your regular fuel bill. Stoves are incredibly good at heating a space, in a short amount of time, and keeping it warm. And this means you wont have to put the heating on as frequently.

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

Wood burning stoves: Maintenance tips for new owners

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When it comes to your new wood burning stove, we are sure it is currently pride of place in your home. And like all new wood burning stoves, it will be gleaming and shiny, and you’ll be desperate to light it. But how can you keep it performing well, and looking great in the long term? Well, regular wood burning stove maintenance is an important part of stove ownership. And here at JMS Stoves, we are leading wood burning and multi-fuel stove experts. As a result, we have produced this guide to wood burning stoves, and maintenance tips for new owners.

Choose the right wood

For your stove to perform to the best of its ability, it needs to be given the best possible material to burn. As a result, you should only ever use fully seasoned wood. Be careful to check bags of wood that are sold as seasoned, as in many cases, they are simply still too wet to burn efficiently. That’s why its always a great idea to buy next years wood, this year, and give it time to dry out further. Your stove will be grateful.

Chimney maintenance

Taking care of your chimney is important if you are going to be burning wood regularly. So make sure you get your chimney swept at least once a year.

Clean the glass daily

Although modern wood burners have an air wash system, they still leave a thin layer of ash on the stove glass. Cleaning this off daily, is a much better idea than letting it build up over time, and become almost impossible to remove.

Monitor your rope seals

The seals and gaskets on a wood burning stove are designed to keep the stove air tight. This means that they only allow air into the stove through the air inlets. Make sure they’re sealing properly to avoid over firing.

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

Wood burning stoves

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Here at JMS Stoves, we stock and install a wide range of wood burning and multi-fuel stoves, in a range of designs and styles. And we know how difficult it is to choose between a wood burning stove and a multi-fuel stove. That’s why we have produced this guide to wood burning stoves.

What is a wood burning stove?

Wood burning stoves are a fantastic option for all homes. They are known by a range of names including log stoves, wood burners, and log burners. This is because they are specially designed with wood burning in mind. From stunning contemporary designs, to traditional and classic styles, our wood burning range has something to suit any home.

How do wood burning stoves work?

A wood burning stove, or a wood burner, has a flat bottom which makes it the perfect stove for burning wood. This is because the wood ash will pile on the bottom, burning slowly. This is the most efficient way for a wood burning stove to be used, and for this reason they do not come fitted with a riddling gate. As a result the wood will burn simply using the oxygen from the air above. This helps to reduce the burn time.

However, a wood burner is not as adept at slow burning wood, when compared with slow burning coal.

Wood burners are practical

Not only is a wood burner a fantastic aesthetic addition to any room, it is also incredibly practical. A wood burning stove can heat your home, helping to reduce your homes fuel bills. Using wood responsibly sourced from renewable forest friendly places means that your home can be heated in an eco friendly, renewable way.

Installing a wood burning stove

When fitting a wood burning stove it is almost always necessary to line the chimney. This is because wood burning stoves have a much greater efficiency. This means that the gasses released into the chimney are a lot colder than usual which can lead to a build up of tar.

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

Taking care of your new stove

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After purchasing a new stove, you might be thinking about how best to keep it looking great and performing well. After all, your new stove should be a stunning feature for a lifetime, although it will need some maintenance during that time. Here at JMS Stoves, we are stove experts. So whether its a wood burning stove, or a multi-fuel stove, we have you covered. As a result, we have produced this guide to taking care of your new stove.

Burning materials

What you should burn on your new stove depends on which type of stove you purchased. A wood burning stove might not be the best option for burning coal, while a multi-fuel stove can burn both coal, eco fuel and wood. Either way, you should avoid burning highly combustible materials like straw, as this can reduce the lifespan of the stove and flue.

Cleaning your stove

In a wood-burning stove, you don’t want to remove all of the ash that has gathered on the grate. This is because the ash can help make your wood burning stove more efficient.

However, on both types of stove, you will need to consider the cleaning the glass regularly to keep it clear. The door of the stove will become cloudy over time, and you will need to use a specific stove glass cleaner to keep it looking great.

Sweeping your chimney or flue system

Stoves use a chimney or flue system to pump the smoke out of your house. If this becomes clogged, you could experience a chimney fire. This is potentially very dangerous and so it is essential that your chimney is swept at least once a year.

For more information about taking care of your new stove, and stove maintenance. get in touch with the experts today, here at JMS Stoves.

Comparing cast iron and steel stoves

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When it comes to choosing a wood burning stove, or even a multi-fuel stove, it isn’t an easy task. But here at JMS Stoves, we are leading stove experts. From multi-fuel stoves, to wood burning stoves, we are always up to date with the latest developments. One of the most common questions we are asked is about the difference between cast iron and steel for the stove material. As a result, we have produced this guide comparing cast iron and steel stoves.

Problems

Many people considering a new stove have heard horror stories, or even witnessed first hand, cast iron stoves cracking, or steel stoves warping. Understandably, both of these put new owners off. But it shouldn’t. This is because there have been huge developments in steel in the last few decades, which means that high quality steel stoves will never warp. At the same time, high quality iron stoves will not crack. These issues only occur when you purchase an inferior, low quality product. Something you don’t need to worry about when you choose us, here at JMS Stoves.

How fast do they heat up?

When comparing cast iron and steel stoves, many people wonder how fast each version heats up. After all, with an electric or gas fire, your home can be warm in an instant. But while stoves may take slightly longer to heat up, they will keep your home warmer for longer.

Cast iron stoves are made from thick molten metal, and this means that they tend to take more time to heat up, when compared to steel stoves. This means that a steel stove will be quicker to warm your home.

How long will they stay warm?

While the speed of heating up can be an important factor, so too can the amount of heat output over a longer period of time. Because cast iron is made from thick metal, it will keep your home warm for a long time, even long after the fire has gone out. While steel will also continue to give out heat after the fire has been extinguished, this will not last the same amount of time.

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

 

 

Advantages of Multi-Fuel Stoves

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When it comes to heating your home, you don’t want to cut corners. So when you need to choose the right stove for your requirements, it pays to look at the advantages. Here at JMS Stoves, we are multi-fuel and wood burning stove experts. As a result, we have produced this guide to the advantages of multi-fuel stoves.

Visually stunning

Whichever multi-fuel stove you choose, you can be sure it will look stunning in your property. From gorgeous contemporary designs, to traditional and stylish stoves, we have something for every home.

Always have heating

When your boiler breaks down, or you have a power cut, you can be left in the cold. And this isnt just inconvenient, it could be dangerous too. However, with a multi-fuel stove, you dont have to rely on gas or electric to heat your home. And you can always have a warm fire to use.

Fuel options

Another of the advantages of multi-fuel stoves is the range of fuel options you can choose from.You are not restricted to wood, as you are with a wood burning stove. Instead you can burn logs or eco-friendly solid fuels. The choice is entirely your own.

Energy efficient

Solid fuels that are eco-friendly burn at a very high temperature, for a very long time. This means that if you have a multi-fuel fire in your living room, the surrounding rooms will be heated as well. As a result, you wont have to rely on your central heating as much, and you could save on energy bills.

Ventilation and condensation

Because your chimney will always be pulling fresh air into your home, your house will be well ventilated and feel fresh. At the same time, burning solid fuel on a multi-fuel stove can reduce the condensation and mould in your home.

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