The perfect season to install a wood burning stove

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Installing a wood burning stove is a great option at any time of the year. But why should you choose one this Autumn? And what are the benefits you can expect from installing a wood burning stove? Well, 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. And this is our guide to why Autumn is the perfect season to install a wood burning stove.

Why is Autumn the perfect season to install a wood burning stove?

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!
  • 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.

Advantages of compact multi-fuel stoves

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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 what about stoves for small spaces? Well, compact multi-fuel stoves can offer the solution. These are smaller than average multi-fuel stoves, but still heat up your space with ease. So what are the advantages of compact multi-fuel stoves?

What are the advantages of compact multi-fuel stoves?

There are a number of advantages to choosing a compact multi-fuel stove. These advantages include:

  • Providing heat in small rooms- when people think of stoves, they generally think of large wood burners or multi-fuel stoves that are in the centre of an open plan, or large living space. But what about small rooms? Well, a compact multi-fuel stove can be the perfect solution. This will be large enough to provide heat and warmth to a small room, without overpowering the space, and without taking up too much room. As a result, this could even be used for large double bedrooms.
  • Less fuel- although a compact multi-fuel stove will generally output less heat, they will also use less fuel. So if you don’t have storage space for a lot of fuel, or you’re concerned about purchasing fuel in bulk, a compact multi-fuel stove could be a good solution.
  • DEFRA approved- many small or compact multi-fuel stoves are DEFRA approved. This means that they can be used safely and legally in areas that are even classified as smoke control areas.
  • Stylish design- just like average size multi-fuel stoves, compact ones are available in a range of stylish designs, including more contemporary or traditional options, to suit any home.

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

Size considerations for your wood burning stove

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There are a number of considerations to bear in mind when choosing a wood burning stove for your property, including the material choice. the style and the size. Choosing the right size stove for your space can be more important than any other consideration, and should be a top priority. But what are the important size considerations for your wood burning 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 choosing the right size wood burning stove.

What are the important size considerations for your wood burning stove?

There are a number of important considerations to take into account when choosing the size of your wood burning stove. These considerations include:

  • The size of the room- make sure you measure the size of the room that you will be installing the wood burning stove into, to get a god idea of the cubic area. This will help you determine which size wood burner you will need. Simple divide the cubic area by 14 to the get the kW output. If this is less than 6, you will need a small log burner. If this is between 7 and 9 you will need a medium sized good burner, but if this is between 10 and 15, you should choose a large model.
  • The airflow- ventilation is an important consideration for wood burners with an output of 5 kW or more. You could consider a ventilation kit, or an air brick. Even in small spaces with a small burner, you should ensure high quality ventilation.
  • Building regulations- building regulations surrounding wood burners determine that you need to keep a gap of 950mm at least, from flammable materials. There should also be at least a 225mm gap at the front of the burner and a 150mm gap between the sides.

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

Choose a wood-burning stove instead of an open fireplace

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There are a variety of ways to heat your home, including central heating, electric fireplaces, and open fireplaces. But a high quality wood burning, or multi-fuel stove, is often the best and most effective option. We recently explored the advantages of using a stove, instead of an electric fire place, but why should you choose a wood-burning stove instead of an open fireplace? 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 wood burning stoves compared to open fireplaces.

What are the top reasons to choose a wood-burning stove instead of an open fireplace?

There are a number of very good reasons to choose a wood-burning stove, instead of an open fire, for your property. These include:

  • Maximum efficiency- a wood burning stove will increase heat efficiency in your home, directing 90% of heat, or more, into the room. In contrast, an open fire will lose around 25% of its heat, directly up the chimney. This can result in burning more fuel, and spending more time to achieve the heat or temperature you need. So a wood burning stove is definitely more efficient.
  • Increased safety- a wood burning stove is designed to allow a safe controlled fire, and at night, you can relax in peace knowing that  the door to the stove is closed, preventing any sparks or embers from reaching any flammable material. With an open fireplace, you do not have this peace of mind or security.
  • Styles and designs- wood burning stoves are available in a range of styles and designs that are sure to suit any home, contemporary or traditional. An open fire place in contrast can look out of place in a contemporary setting.

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.

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.