Tips And Ideas On Maintaining Your Stove

What size stove do I need?

The answer to this depends on many issues related to the how the room is designed and built. The amount of wall insulation, the internal/external wall area, the number and type of windows and doors all influence the calculation as will the shape of the room, squarer rooms do not require as much heat at long narrow rooms. As a basic rule of thumb basic calculation you can use 0.022 KW/cu ft. For boiler stoves you will need to work out the heat requirement for each room and get a boiler that is capable of the output and also include the room heat required for the room in which the stove is situated.

Do I need a chimney?

You will need some sort of flue system for your stove. This can be standard chimney or a flue system that is installed for use with this stove. The flue system is a hugely important to how the stove operates and we would advise you to get a professional to check out your chimney if you are in any doubt about its condition or how to connect it to your stove.

Do I need to line my chimney?

This depends on the condition of the chimney and the draught conditions. Good condition flues with a good draught can work perfectly well if the stove is properly installed and sealed into it.

Can I operate a stove with the door open?

Most stoves are designed to operate with the doors closed. For these stoves operating the stove with the door open can be extremely dangerous, it will also dramatically reduce the efficiency of the stove and will possibly invalidate your warranty. Check with the manufacturer about operating the stove with the door open but if you are in any doubt only operate the stove with the doors closed.

What fuels can I burn?

Different stoves are designed to burn different fuels and the consequences of burning fuels that the stove is not designed for can be very serious and dangerous. Please check with the manufacturer as to what can be burned in your stove and only burn recommended fuels.

What should stove sit on?

There are several criteria that influence the answer to this question. Firstly it must be able to support the weight of the stove when it is full of fuel and the flue is connected, secondly the temperature of the stove will influence the materials involved and for this you need to check the manufacturer’s advice. Thirdly in some areas there are local Building and Health and Safety Regulations that dictate what must be under and around a stove.

Can I install a stove if I have a wooden fireplace surround?

All tested stoves must have stated distance to combustibles, check these for your chosen stove. The information can be provided by retailers or directly from the manufacturer.

Where can I find a stove installer?

Check on our Installer section for stove installers in your area.

Where can I go to see or buy a stove?

Check in our retailers section for shops in your area and information on what brands they stock.

What is the difference between BTU and KW?

These are two measurement systems but are basically the same think where 1KW is equal to 3,412BTU

How do I clean my stove?

This depends on the finish of the stove. Generally a damp cloth is sufficient for regular cleaning. Do not use spirit based cleaners or aggressive cleaning products or materials on your stove. The glass can usually be cleaned with a damp cloth or some damp newspaper dipped in soft ash is also very effective for this. If your glass is blackening to the extent that it cannot be easily be cleaned it would suggest that there is a combustion problem with the stove and this should be investigated.

What finishes are available on stoves?

Stoves are generally available in matt paint, satin paint or enamel. Not all manufacturers supply stoves in all finishes, contact your local retailer for what stoves they have in each finish

Can I install a stove in an airtight room/house?

Stoves need air to support combustion. If your room/house is airtight you may need to provide a grille in the wall to allow air to enter. This is compulsorily in some areas, you should always check local regulations before installing a stove. Your local installer or retailer will generally be able to help you with this. If you wish to keep the room airtight then you will need to get a stove that is designed to be able to use outside air to support combustion. Check with the manufacturers for this information or talk to your local stove retailer or installer.

Can I combine a boiler stove with my current heating system?

Yes, boiler stoves can be included into a dual heating system. Solid fuel stoves can only be installed in an open heating system so if you have a pressurised system this will be far more difficult. You should consult a good stove installer before you attempt to connect a stove to an existing heating system.

What is overnight burning?

Overnight or continuous burning is where you pack down a stove at night and operate it at a love level overnight so it is still lighting when you come back to it next morning. The stove operates very efficiently during this period. Some stoves have this as an option while others do not. Consult with your local stove retailer for more information on what stoves have this option.

Do I need an electricity supply to my stove?

Most non-boiler stoves do not require an electricity supply. Check with your retailer for more information on the requirements for each individual stove. Possibly for fan control or element backup heating.

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What is airwash and should I have it?

Airwash is a method of bringing air in usually at the top of the stove glass to keep the glass clear. While it is not essential it is a useful feature to have depending on what fuel you are burning and local draught conditions.

What laws and regulations apply to installing a stove?

Laws and regulations differ from country to country and sometimes even from area to area. A good local installer or retailer will be up to date on the local conditions regarding stoves, flues and installation and can help you greatly in this area to stop you making an expensive mistake.

Do I need to install a Carbon Monoxide or smoke alarm?

In some areas these are compulsory and even where they are not they are very advisable and we would recommend they be installed with every stove installation, and checked regularly. We would also recommend that there is a fire extinguisher close by every stove installation. For more detailed information visit

I cannot control my stove.
This is caused either by too much draught in your chimney or because there is a problem with the sealing of your stove.
Too much chimney draught can usually be solved by fitting a draught stabiliser but this should only be done by an experienced installer and only after he/she have checked your chimney/flue and stove installation.
Problems with the sealing on your stove can be as simple to cure as changing the rope on the door but could also be caused by warp or damage to the stove itself and should be checked by a service engineer.

My stove is very difficult to get going.
This is caused by too little draught, which may be cause by the design of or damage to your chimney system. You should have your installation checked out by an experiences stove or flue engineer.

My stove is smoking.
There may be several reasons for this, relating to the chimney/flue and also the sealing of the stove. Smoking stoves can be very dangerous and should be checked out by an experienced stove installer.

My chimney is getting covered in tar.
Tar is creosote and is generally cause by burning poor quality fuels such as wet wood or burning the stove at low temperatures (under firing). This build up can be very dangerous and should be cleaned as soon as possible, afterwards the cause of the tar build up should be investigated and eliminated.

Where can I find someone to service and repair my stove?
Please go to our Installer section, are usually competent stove service engineers also, this can be checked in their personal details. If you cannot find a local engineer on our site contact a local retailer who should be able to put you in contact with someone.

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Solar Pond Lights – 2 Disadvantages of Using Solar Powered Pond Lighting

Do you have a small pond on your property? Or even a large pond? If you do then you probably have looked for some sort of pond lights. If you have looked, chances are you are familiar with the different types of lighting options that are available to use in your pond. How do you know which lights are good and which ones are not so good? Well let us help that decision process for the Solar Pond Lights. In this article we are going to look at the disadvantages of using Solar Pond Lights.

Solar Pond Lights come in many different forms. You can have floating Solar Pond Lights in the shapes of water animals or lily pads or simply any design you choose. The biggest disadvantage of using Solar Pond Lights varies with the area you live in. There are two main disadvantages to using Solar Pond Lights. One is more severe if you live in an area that has a lot of days of bad weather and the sun does not reach the recharging cells often.

The two main disadvantages in using Solar Pond Lights are the unreliability and the length of time before you have to recharge the batteries. Solar Pond Lights come with solar panels attached to rechargeable batteries for ease of use. However, fully charged batteries tend to last on average about 8 hours. If you are planning an extended fishing adventure on your pond this may not be sufficient time for you to fish.

The second factor that is a disadvantage of using Solar Pond Lights is the fact that they are not reliable. If the weather is less than perfect, the lights will not function with optimal output. These lights are powered by the suns energy so if the sun can not reach the panels, how can they illuminate your pond?

If the fact that the Solar Pond Lights are not always as reliable as you would like and that their batteries do not last as long as you may need them, search around and find what you want.

Energy costs today

Energy costs today are eating up bigger and bigger portions of homeowners’ budgets. No wonder the home energy audit business is booming! But once an energy audit is completed, homeowners often don’t know what to do with the long list of recommendations they receive from their home energy auditor. How do you know which of the recommendations will make the biggest difference in your day-to-day household expenses and home maintenance costs? And how do you know which energy upgrades make the most sense to tackle first?

Surprisingly, some of the best answers come not from home energy auditors, but from remodeling contractors who offer home energy inspections and audits as part of their full-service remodeling business. Why? Because, in addition to knowing how much money specific types of home energy upgrades can save, these remodelers are also up to date on exactly how much it will cost to implement the upgrades it will take to make the home more energy-efficient. Their perspective is extremely valuable for helping homeowners identify the ROI of home energy improvements so they can decide which projects to prioritize.

Simple secrets for saving on energy bills

What are the types of energy upgrades that will save homeowners the most money for the least investment? To find out, several remodeling contractors who also specialize in home energy-efficiency and provide energy audits were interviewed. Here are their tips:

Think new caulking before you think new windows. Yes, new windows can be far more efficient at keeping outside drafts and temperature extremes from sending energy costs sky-high. But unless those new windows are properly installed, caulked and sealed, it can still be like trying to heat the entire great outdoors. So, unless you have old single pane windows, before you invest in replacement windows, have a qualified home remodeler take a look at how your current windows are installed. Sometimes, a simple job of re-insulating or re-caulking the spaces where windows, doors and even electrical outlets fit into the wall can make a huge difference in energy savings.
Stop sending your home energy costs through the roof (literally). What’s between your top-floor ceilings and the roof? Whether it’s an attic or just beams, chances are good that those spaces are under-insulated. This is especially likely if you have an older home that was built prior to energy sensitive building code standards specifying the amount of insulation that should be used with today’s energy costs. Energy loss can also occur when insulation gets moved. For example, if you have remodeling done, insulation may be temporarily moved to make way for new wiring or ductwork and not put back. There are also trouble spots such as where the roof meets the attic or crawlspace floor that are almost always poorly insulated. Adding insulation is an affordable project that can make an immediate difference in how much it costs to keep your home cool in summer and warm in winter year round.
Get your ductwork in a row. Your home can have a highly energy-efficient furnace or air conditioning unit and you can still see exorbitant energy bills. Plus, your home can still have huge variations in temperature from level to level and even room to room. That’s because your heating and cooling systems are only as good as the ductwork that carries the air from the systems through your home. Energy loss in ducts is very common and it is caused by a number of factors. For example, if ducts are improperly sealed to the room registers, air can wind up inside walls or between floors rather than in your rooms. And, until recently, home builders and remodelers did not seal the ductwork as airtight as they do, or should do today. Many older homes can have 20%-30% of the heating and cooling costs lost through poorly sealed ductwork and registers.

Because the home energy auditors interviewed are also remodelers, we asked them to address price of “jailing” these common home energy bandits. Compared with replacing windows, doors and heating/cooling systems, the costs were modest. Yet, in terms of how much you can save on your home energy bill and how comfortable you feel in your home year round, the return on investment can be huge.

Choosing Your Appliances

Choosing new appliances with care or using your old ones more efficiently is the key to reducing water and energy consumption.

Do you know that every appliance has two price tags? And even if you receive any kind of appliance as a gift you will still be paying for it – for the energy and water it consumes or for a repair when needed.

The first price is what you pay to purchase it (or what someone paid) and it is pretty obvious. Though these days retailers are so creative with the promotions they run that in many cases you realize the actual price after you see your credit card/bank statement.

The second price as we said is what you pay for the energy and the water the appliance uses. Just remember when choosing your new coffee maker, refrigerator, washing machine, etc. to check if and how much energy and water it saves.

Most new appliances tend to be considerably more energy efficient than their predecessors. Energy efficiency alone can’t be a solid reason for replacing an old appliance since the energy savings are not great enough to justify the cost of the new appliance.

Still nothing in this world lasts forever and there are many other reasons people decide to replace an old appliance. I hated it when my long loved microwave oven stopped working. I was so used to it and going through researching and choosing a new one was a nightmare. What about you? Do you get attached to your possessions to the extend you miss them when they die out? Or what about that kitchen makeover you’ve been dreaming about? Those old appliances may simply not look right in a newly remodeled kitchen. No matter the reason for buying a new appliance, in most cases it pays back to buy an energy efficient model.

Selecting energy-efficient kitchen appliances can save you money in utility costs. Follow our simple guidelines for your household appliances to keep them running smoothly and efficiently year after year.

Cuisinart HM-70 Power Advantage 7-Speed Hand Mixer – Little But Powerful!

Who says little hand mixers have no enough power to do a decent job mixing? The Cuisinart HM-70 Power Advantage 7-Speed Hand Mixer is here to prove that it is the ultimate efficient appliance you could have on your counter top. Make the most of it to mix puddings, cake mixes and cookie dough or pizza dough.

The 220-watt power is able to deal with both wet and dry ingredients. This hand mixer provides many helpful features, offering a long swivel cord, extra-long beaters and seven mixing speeds. Additionally it is super simple to take care of. You only need to wipe the base clean and then toss the beaters in the dishwasher, that’s it! With advanced features, which include the SmoothStart feature, Automatic Feedback and One-Touch Speed Control, one can easily manage this mixer by hardly putting any effort. This will make your everyday cooking an easy, enjoyable and clean task you will love.

Why People Say The Cuisinart HM-70 Power Advantage 7-Speed Hand Mixer Is Awesome?

Foolproof: When you have kitchen appliances that are simple and hassle-free to work, you’ll put to use them day in and day out. That’s just the way the Cuisinart Power Advantage mixer operates. This tool has a number of features that turn it into pleasure to work with. This highly effective mixer can easily whip up feathery cream or dense chocolate chip cookie dough for your special recipes. With seven speed options – three of which are low speeds – it’s no trouble to match the speed to the ingredients you’re mixing. You’ll as well appreciate the recipe and instruction book that will make understanding the mixer effortless.

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Ergonomic: You will without a doubt be in comfort when putting to use the Cuisinart Power Advantage mixer. It pretty much seems just as the mixer was invented exclusively by chefs. The mixer is harmonized to ensure it does most of the work for you, and this balanced style results from the shape of the mixer. If you want to put the mixer down, there is a heel rest to ensure the mixer rests squarely on the kitchen counter, and the stress-free handgrips make the mixer comfortable to take. Additionally, the electronic feedback system recognizes when extra power is required and automatically provides this boost thanks to the automatic feedback feature.

Modern Features: Besides the Cuisinart Power Advantage being really user-friendly and ergonomic, you can also have fun with a combo of practical characteristics.

The SmoothStart feature gets the beaters move at a low speed initially when first starting up the mixer to avoid food products in the bowl from splattering all around the kitchen.

The one-touch speed control makes it easy for you to change speeds working with one plain button while you are mixing up. There is in addition, a helpful LED speed display that enables you to read the speed settings effortlessly. When you’re done, there is an easy off switch, and each thing wipes tidy.
What Do Consumers Complain About?

Start Up: Despite the fact that the mixer advertises a smooth start because of the exclusive SmoothStart feature, lots of consumers have made a complaint about the start up being too fast. There is a spurt of power that kicks in the mixer at the time it’s first gotten started, and this makes the ingredients to spatter all around. Just like any mixer, you’ll need to check that the mixer is safely and securely placed in the mixing bowl before turning it on, despite the fact that this design offers the SmoothStart feature. As an alternative, you can turn on mixing the beaters right before the products are added.

Is The Cuisinart HM-70 Power Advantage 7-Speed Hand Mixer A Good Choice?

The Cuisinart HM-70 Power Advantage 7-Speed Hand Mixer is a wise, pragmatic investment for all culinarians. It’s extremely user-friendly, so you won’t get yourself set back by many types of buttons and controls. The Cuisinart is reasonably priced and incredibly easy to clear up as the base wipes down and the beaters can be tossed in the dishwasher. The thing that makes the mixer even more awesome is that it offers a recipe and instruction booklet and limited 3-year warranty. More valuable yet, the Cuisinart Power Advantage mixer is a fantastic looking kitchen appliance because it has a stainless and white finish instead of the old-fashioned white.

In the long run, this mixer is an excellent tool at an ideal price.

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