Why are multi-fuel stoves better than electric fire places?

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Multi-fuel stoves can bring a range of advantages and benefits, as discussed in our earlier blog. But for many people, the alternative to a multi-fuel stove is an electric one. And it’s important to directly note how a multi-fuel stove can be a more practical and effective choice, when compared to an electric fire. So, why are multi-fuel stoves better than electric fire places, and why should you choose to install a new stove? 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 everything you should know about how multi-fuel stoves compare to electric fires.

Why are multi-fuel stoves better than electric fire places?

There are a number of reasons why a multi-fuel stove can be a more effective option than an electric fire. These include:

  • Reducing energy bills- electric fires can be expensive to run, and this is a cost you might not notice until the end of the month, when the electricity bill arrives. With a multi-fuel stove, you can cut down drastically on your bills, as you wont need to use electricity to keep your home warm. You can also cut down on the gas bill, as a multi-fuel stove can warm your whole house, so you don’t have to rely on central heating.
  • Effective heat distribution- there is no doubt that a multi-fuel stove provides a much more effective and efficient heat distribution, heating both large and small spaces effectively. The heat will also stay around longer, after the fire has been extinguished.
  • Heating in a power cut- with a multi-fuel stove, you will still have heat and warmth from the fire, which is not something that an electric fireplace can offer.

Important considerations

Although multi-fuel stoves offer more advantages than an electric fireplace, there are some considerations, including:

  • Multi-fuel stoves need a chimney and this will need to be well maintained too
  • Electric fires can simply be plugged in, which is easier than building and maintaining a real fire.

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

Benefits of multi-fuel stoves

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If you’re thinking about installing a new stove for your property, you might be considering the aesthetics, as well as the practicalities of a new stove. You will need to choose the right stove material (steel or cast iron) as well as the right size stove for your space. And you will also need to choose between a wood burning stove, and a multi-fuel stove. But what are the benefits of multi-fuel stoves? 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 everything you should know about multi-fuel stoves.

What are the benefits of multi-fuel stoves?

There are a number of benefits to choosing multi-fuel stoves. These include:

  • Burning a range of materials effectively- with a wood burning stove, the stove itself is optimized for wood burning. But with a multi-fuel stove, you can choose to burn all manner of materials including wood and smokeless briquettes. However its important to remember that you should only choose wood that is FSC approved.
  • High level of heating- a multi-fuel stove is an effective way to heat your property thoroughly. You can expect the room to warm up quickly, and stay warm for a generous period of time too. This is also a great way to reduce your heating and energy bills, saving you money every month.
  • Always have heating- one of the main advantages to any home stove, multi-fuel or wood-burning, is that you can always have guaranteed heating. So even if there is a power cut, you wont be left cold.
  • Visually appealing feature- the multi-fuel stove can also be a visually appealing feature in any home. From traditional properties to contemporary, there are many different styles of multi-fuel stove that can suit any property.

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

Cleaning your wood burning stove

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While choosing a stove for your home is an incredibly practical option, the right stove will also be a stunning visual visual feature in your property. So to keep your stove looking fresh and new, there are some cleaning and maintenance steps you should take. So what are the important steps for cleaning your wood burning stove? Well, here at JMS Wood Burning and Multi-Fuel Stoves, we are leading stove experts. From wood burning stoves to multi-fuel, and cast iron stoves to steel, we offer something for everyone. And this is our guide to everything you should know about keeping your wood burning stove clean.

Important tips for cleaning your wood burning stove

To keep your wood burning stove clean, you should consider some regular cleaning and maintenance tasks, including:

  • Cleaning the glass- over time the glass on your stove can become ashy, sooty or dirty. It is also a trap for fingerprints and smudges too. You can use specialist stove cleaning products for this, or just a microfibre cloth. Be sure the clean the inside and the outside of the glass for the best results.
  • Cleaning the exterior- the exterior of the stove can also become dirty over time, due to ash and dust. This can be cleaned easily using a vacuum cleaner with a mouthpiece with soft brushes. You should never use a wet cloth to clean this, as this can ultimately lead to rust.
  • Scratches in the paintwork- occasionally scratches can develop in the paintwork, usually as a result of accidental damage. However, these can easily be fixed with heat resistant spray paint. Simply make sure that the surface of the wood burning stove is clean and dry before you paint it.

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

What does the “coal ban” mean for you?

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This week a “coal ban” has been announced by the UK Government. But what does this mean for you and your stove? And what should you be aware of? Well, here at JMS Wood Burning and Multi-Fuel Stoves, we have long been advocating for the need to use cleaner fuels and burning materials. In fact it’s what we have always recommended. And as leading stove experts, we have produced this guide to everything you should know about the coal ban.

What does the “coal ban” mean for you?

So, first of all, what does this new ban mean for you? Well, essentially, there are several important components to understand. These include:

  • Sales of coal for domestic use are being phased out- eventually you will not be able to buy domestic coal legally, for use on your homes stove or open fireplace.
  • Sales of wet wood are being phased out- although this is being called the coal ban, sales of wet wood, or unseasoned wood, are also being phased out.

Why is this being enforced?

In the past few years, there has been an increase in concern regarding domestic stoves, and the level of pollution creating by some burning materials. This includes coal and wet wood. These are actually the largest source of fine particulate matter (PM2.5), small particles of air pollution which find their way into the body’s lungs and blood. So by regulating the sales of fuels for domestic use, it is predicted that we can cut down o the amount of particle pollution in cities and towns.

What are the cleaner alternatives?

So what should you use to heat your home and fuel your stove instead? well, there are several different options available, including:

  • Seasoned wood
  • Smokeless fuel briquettes
  • Anthracite

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

Suitable fuel types 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.

What are the suitable fuel types for multi-fuel stoves?

There are many different 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

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.

Considerations for choosing the best stove

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If you’re thinking about purchasing a stove this winter, then we are sure you wont be disappointed. But there are a lot of different things to consider, before you make a final decision. So what are the most important considerations for choosing the best stove? 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 stove that is perfect for your requirements.

Top considerations for choosing the best stove

The best stove will always be a subjective choice, based on the buyers own preferences. So to choose the right stove for your home, you should consider:

  • Stove efficiency- the stove you choose should have a high efficiency rating, so that you can heat your home effectively, without adding additional costs. New stoves, adhering to the EU regulations that will be in place by 2022 are at least 80% efficient.
  • Defra-approved- for a wood burning stove, you should look for a Defra approved model as this burn cleaner, and be better for your home, and the environment. If you live in a smoke-controlled area, a Defra approved model is mandatory.
  • Type of fuel- you can choose between a dedicated wood burner or a multi-fuel stove for your home. Wood can also be used on a multi-fuel stove, as well as other types of fuel. But a wood-burner can only burn wood.
  • Cast iron or steel- stoves are available in both cast iron and steel. While cast iron will take longer to heat up, it will stay warmer for longer. A steel stove will warm your home quickly, but will also lose heat quickly once the fire is extinguished.

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

Wood burning stoves can help you de-stress

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Here at 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 with Christmas just around the corner, we know how stressful this time of year can be. But did you know, wood burning stoves can help you de-stress and relax? But why is this so comforting and soothing? And what kind of benefits does this bring?

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With so many log fireplace relaxation videos to choose from on YouTube, it’s clear that a lot of people share the view that nothing is more relaxing than a real fire. And it’s true. Not only is watching a fire calming, but building and stoking your small stove can help you unwind too. But how? Well, research has suggested that this is related to blood pressure.

How can wood burning stoves help you de-stress?

Scientists have proved that the longer people sit in front of a roaring fire, the greater the relaxing effect it has on them. This is because watching the fire actually reduces blood pressure. In fact, brain scans showed that even when the flames and noise of a small stove or fireplace are simulated in a laboratory they reduce blood pressure.

The evolution of a species

As a species, fire is something that would have been crucial to the first humans. And this prehistoric connection to fire, and all it symbolizes (light, heat, food and shelter) still has a calming effect on the humans of today, thanks to evolution.

For a stylish, efficient stove for your home this winter, why not get in touch with the team here at JMS Wood Burning and Multi-Fuel Stoves today?

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.