Advantages of purchasing a wood burning stove

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When thinking about any new purchase for the home, its good to know what you are getting for your money. The same is true when considering a new wood burning stove. From the initial outlay, to understanding maintenance, the prospect of being a new stove owner can be a little overwhelming. But what are the advantages of purchasing a wood burning stove? Well, there are many. And here at JMS Wood Burning and Multi-Fuel Stoves, we are leading stove experts. As a result, we have produced this guide to how you could benefit from a wood burning stove.

What are the advantages of purchasing a wood burning stove?

So, what exactly are the advantages of purchasing a wood burning stove? Well, there are many, including:

  • Reducing energy bills
  • Being environmentally friendly
  • Adding style to the home

Wood burning stoves can reduce energy bills

With a wood burning stove, you can heat your home without relying on the central heating. This can reduce your energy bill, especially if you can eliminate using the central heating completely. At the same time, less reliance on the boiler also means that you wont be as adversely affected by a power cut, or a boiler breakdown, as you can still keep your home warm.

Wood burning stoves are environmentally friendly

By using sustainable wood that is available to purchase for your wood burner, you can help do your bit for the environment. Sustainable wood comes from plantations designed to replace the wood, as a fully renewable energy source. This is unlike the fossil fuels used to power gas and electricity from large energy providers.

In addition, when burning, the wood will only release the same amount of carbon that it stored while growing, which means that wood burning is almost carbon neutral.

Wood burning stoves are stylish

Whether you opt for a cast iron or steel stove, with a traditional or contemporary design, your stove will make an attractive centre-piece for your home.

For more information or advice, get in touch with the team today, here at JMS Wood Burning and Multi Fuel Stoves.

Choosing the perfect multi-fuel stove

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If you’re thinking about purchasing a new stove, either for the first time, or as a replacement for your older model, you might feel overwhelmed by choice. But that’s why we’re here. Here at JMS Stoves, we are wood burning and multi-fuel stove experts, and we help people make the right decisions about their new stove, every day. So what are the most important considerations when it comes to choosing the perfect multi-fuel stove? And how can you make the right choice?

Choosing the perfect multi-fuel stove

The perfect multi-fuel stove will depend on a number of factors, including:

  • Size- the size of the multi-fuel stove you choose is incredibly important. Using the wrong size stove makes it more difficult to heat your home effectively. For example, a stove that is too small for your room will not help to provide adequate or efficient heat, while a stove that is a little larger might not comfortably sit where you need it to, and will heat up your space too quickly.
  • Style- traditional or contemporary, choose a multi-fuel stove to suit the design or style of your space. This will help create a focal point in any home, in any home.
  • Material- Some stoves are available in iron or steel. Although you might think this is just an aesthetic feature, but the different material can change the performance of the stove. For example, an iron stove might take longer to heat your home, but will retain heat for longer than a steel stove. But if you want your property to heat up quickly, a steel stove could be a better choice.
  • Efficiency- one of the most important things to consider when choosing a new multi-fuel stove is the efficiency of the design. Choose a stove that produces the most heat, from the smallest amount of fuel.

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

Wood burning stoves and chimney sweeping

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Some of the questions we are often asked, here at JMS Stoves, is “Do wood burning stoves need a regular chimney sweep?” and “How often should I clean my chimney when using a wood burner?” So we thought we would answer both questions at once with our guide to everything you should know about wood burning stoves and chimney sweeping.

Wood burning stoves and chimney sweeping

When burning wood in a stove, its important to have your chimney swept a couple of times a year. This can prevent serious chimney fires from starting, and spreading, and can help to protect your property and family. Anything from a birds nest to a creosote buildup on the inside of the chimney can be enough to ignite a dangerous fire.

How often should my chimney be swept?

So, how frequently should your chimney be thoroughly swept? Well, in general twice a year is enough. You should opt for early autumn, before you begin using the wood burner more frequently, and sometime in early spring. However, if your chimney shows any signs that it does need to be swept during this time, please do so as soon as possible.

What are the signs my chimney needs sweeping?

We firmly believe that your chimney should be swept regularly, before it shows any signs or symptoms of needing to be swept. But these are the signs you will be looking for:

  • Poor burning performance- if your wood burning stove is no longer burning logs as it used to, and this is not due to poor quality or wet wood, or changes in external temperature and pressure, then sweeping your chimney is a good idea.
  • Falling soot- another indication that your chimney is in need of cleaning, is when soot falls back down into the wood burner or on the register plate.

For more information or advice, get in touch with the team today, here at JMS Wood Burning and Multi-Fuel Stoves.

How to get the most out of your wood burning stove

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If you’re thinking of purchasing a wood burning stove, or you’re a new stove owner, we have a few tips to help you get the most out of your wood burning stove, here at JMS Wood Burning and Mutli Fuel Stoves. We are Birmingham’s leading stove specialists and we install all kinds of stove.

How to get the most out of your wood burning stove

So how can you get the most out of your wood burning stove? Well, there are several things to consider, including:

  1. Regular maintenance
  2. The right type of wood
  3. Clean glass

Maintenance for wood burning stoves

To keep your wood burning stove working efficiently, and looking its best, you will need to keep up with a regular maintenance schedule. This should involve:

  • Monitoring seals and gaskets for any signs of wear and tear. If these do show signs of wear, you will need to replace these, as otherwise your stove will not be airtight, and your stove can overfire.
  • Cleaning the chimney regularly to make sure there are no buildups and clear airways.

The right type of wood

Wood needs to be thoroughly dry before you use it in a wood burner as this will help produce the most amount of heat, with a lot less smoke. As a result, you should only buy seasoned wood, and maybe consider buying next years wood, this year, and giving it time to dry out further. For a full list of woods you should avoid burning, check out our guide.

Clean the glass

Cleaning the glass on your wood burning stove can help keep it looking its best, and can help prevent ash and debris from building up on the surface, and becoming difficult to remove. Make sure the stove is cold before cleaning, and always rinse with clean water after using any cleaning product.

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 and EcoDesign

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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.

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.

Types of wood you should avoid burning

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If you’re thinking of purchasing and installing a wood burning or multi-fuel stove, you could make big savings on your energy bills. But the wood you choose to burn plays a big part int he efficiency and the heat produced from your wood burner. So if you want to keep you new stove in the best possible condition, which types of wood should steer away from? Well, here at JMS Wood Burning and multi-fuel stoves, we have produced this guide to the types of wood you should avoid burning.

Types of wood you should avoid burning

So, what are the types of wood you should not burn? Well, there are several, including:

  • Pine- Pine wood is readily available and actually quite a popular choice. But it is a wood that should be avoided. This is because as it burns it releases a large amount of resin. This resin will clog up various parts of your stove system.
  • Larch- Larch also has high levels of resin, but this will leave your stove with thick sticky patches, definitely not something anyone wants.
  • Alder- alder wood burns very quickly which means you will need to use a lot more it to heat your home, and it wont be a very efficient process.
  • Spruce- Spruce wood does not produce a lot of heat when it burns. But it does produce a lot of smoke, and it can spark and spit. This makes it quite unpredictable when you open the stove door.
  • Laburnum- This is a poisonous wood so you do not want its fumes getting in your home or your lungs. It produces a horrible smell when burnt, and is simply best avoided,

The best woods for burning

So which woods are a good choice? Well there are several, including:

  • Ash
  • Beech
  • Hawthorn

For more information or advice, or for professional stove installation and advice, get in touch with the experts today, here at JMS Stoves.

Is wood burning better for the environment?

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Wood burning and multi-fuel stoves are becoming increasingly popular for millions of home owners across the country. After all, who wouldn’t want to snuggle up in front of a fire in the evening? However cozy this image is though, wood burning and multi- fuel stoves are not just visually attractive home additions. They are also incredibly practical too. And using a stove could help to reduce your carbon footprint, and reduce your reliance on fossil fuels. But is wood burning better for the environment? Here at JMS Stoves, we are leading stove experts. As a result, we have produced this guide exploring the environmental aspects of burning wood.

Is wood burning better for the environment?

Wood burning has several direct and indirect environmental advantages, including:

  • Wood is renewable- burning wood is better for the environment than relying on coal, or gas. This is because wood is a renewable energy source, which unlike fossil fuels will not run out, as long as it is sourced sustainably. This is an important point if you are environmentally focused, as you should only buy wood for burning that has been sustainably sourced.
  • Wood is carbon neutral- the amount of carbon dioxide released when wood burns, is equal to the amount of carbon dioxide that the tree took in while alive. As a result, burning wood is carbon neutral.

However, wood burning is not all positive.

The disadvantages of wood burning

The most significant down side to burning wood is the amount of particles the wood fire produces. These are damaging the quality of the air in our towns and cities. Modern appliances over the last five years have been designed and built to be eco-friendly, and so these produce less pollution that older models that are not as efficient. This means if you have currently have an older wood stove, it could be a great idea t upgrade. Alternatively, fitting a particle filter can seriously help to filter out the particles and keep the air cleaner, by up to 92%. However, this is a more expensive option.

Biomass or wood pellets

Wood pellets can be an even more environmentally friendly option, that can be burnt on your multi-fuel stove. These are made from compressed sawdust that would otherwise be going to landfill sites. Because these are compressed, they hold hardly any moisture at all, which means that they burn cleaner, producing less particles.

Ultimately, a wood-burning or multi-fuel stove could put you on the path to a greener future. Choose a stove with an eco-friendly design, or install a filter, to heat your home with no negative environmental impacts at all. Get in touch with the professionals today, here at JMS Stoves.

How can a multi-fuel stove decrease your energy bill?

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With an increasing amount of social attention turned towards conserving natural resources, and protecting the environment, finding different energy sources is becoming increasingly popular. Heating your home with a multi-fuel stove is just one option that could help to cut down on your energy usage. But how can a multi-fuel stove decrease your energy bill? And why should you choose a multi-fuel stove? Well, here at JMS Wood Burning and Multi-Fuel Stoves, we are Birmingham’s professional stove experts. And this is our guide to everything you should know about decreasing your energy bill, with a multi-fuel stove.

How can a multi-fuel stove decrease your energy bill?

Cast iron and steel multi-fuel stoves can both heat your home effectively. Especially if your home is fully thermally insulated, and your chosen stove has a good heat output. As a result, if you rely on your stove to heat your home, you will not need to switch the heating on quite so frequently. And this will have a knock on effect on your heating bill. It also means that you will be using less non-renewable energy.

Multi-fuel stoves and the environment

Cutting down on your energy usage is a good way to begin to reduce your impact on the environment. But reducing your gas usage, to switch to other unethical fuel sources such as coal, is not a great option. Instead, you should make sure that any fuel you use, wood, paper etc, is sourced ethically. Many cuts of wood for burning are often labelled as sustainable, and these are collected as part of a sustainable cycle. This is essential if you want to do your bit for the environment.

For more information or advice about choosing your new multi-fuel stove, and what it could mean for your energy bill, get in touch with the team today, here at JMS, wood burning and multi-fuel stove specialists.

How to keep your stove looking it’s best

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Choosing and purchasing a new stove can make a dramatic difference to your home and lifestyle, as well as your energy bills. But with use, your stove can start to lose it’s shine. So what can you do? Well, there are a number of different maintenance tasks that are essential to get the most out of your stove. Whether it’s a multi-fuel stove, or a wood-burner, a cast iron stove, or a stainless steel stove, you will need to follow a maintenance routine. Here at JMS Wood Burning and Multi-Fuel Stoves, we are leading stove experts. As a result, we have produced this guide to How to keep your stove looking it’s best.

How to keep your stove looking it’s best

To keep your stove looking great and performing efficiently, you should:

  • Be sure to burn only the right materials- burning different types of materials can really damage your stove, if your stove is not designed to burn these. For example, a wood-burning stove is designed with wood burning in mind, and these are created to withstand the temperatures and waste products produced from burning wood. Multi-fuel stoves on the other hand can burn a range of fuel sources effectively.
  • Clean your stove- cleaning your multi-fuel stove, removing ash and debris is a good way to keep your stove in good working order. Ash and debris, and soot, can prevent air from circulating effectively around your stove, making it less efficient. However, for a wood-burning stove, you should leave a small bed of ash, as this can actually make it more efficient. The soot and debris should still be removed though.
  • Clean the glass- A sooty stove door might be a good sign of a warm, cosy evening, but if you want your stove to continue to look great, you should make sure you clean and polish the glass regularly. This can have a big effect on the visual appeal of your stove.

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

Heat your home with a stove this winter

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With snow falling and temperatures plummeting across the UK, what could be more cosy than a wood burning or multi-fuel stove? Heating your home with a real fire can bring a range of health and well-being benefits, and it could also help reduce your fuel bills and help the environment. 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.

Heat your home with a stove this winter

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.