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As the heart of the home, the kitchen is the perfect place to pay attention to when it comes to your interior design. If you love to spend time whipping up a culinary storm and dining together as a family, it makes sense that you give the kitchen the touch of TLC it deserves when it comes to decorating. In the name of creative inspiration, we’re here to help. Today, we’re looking at 3 reasons you should consider bringing a fireplace into your kitchen design - offering tips and advice along the way so you’re left with a space the whole family simply loves spending time in.

1. It can be stunning focal feature

Unlike most other rooms in the home, the kitchen serves several practical purposes, and this means that the appliances often act as the focus points in this space. While you might have an attractive looking fridge or top-of-the-range washing machine, it’s unlikely that you want to draw attention to functional appliances when you’re considering interior decor.

By bringing in a fireplace, you can accessorise the borders and hearth with fireplace tiles to completely transform the look of your kitchen and make the fireside the focal point. A wood burning stove, acts as an eye-catching feature in its own right. However, you can always add the finishing touch by having a basket of wood and any pokers or accessories beside the stove.

2. It will provide warmth in winter

When the winter months set in, home cooked food is what most of us crave. But preparing to spend potentially hours in a frosty kitchen doesn’t hold much appeal, especially when you can be sitting snug and cosy with your throws by the fire in your living room – so how do you remedy that? Bring the fire into the kitchen, of course!

Heating your home using your kitchen fireplace can also be a way to keep energy costs low. Most modern stoves today are highly efficient and very clean burning. From wood pellets and firewood to mineral fuels, there are several options available to you when it comes to using your fire, so you can spend some time figuring out the best option for your home.

3. It will create an atmosphere

Last but not least on our list of reasons for adding a fireplace to your kitchen is the atmosphere that this can create. A fireplace can add character to a room that has perhaps previously been all about being functional. While it still provides a purpose, it can be an attractive centrepiece even when not in use.

If you’re lucky enough to have space for a dining table and chairs in your kitchen, a fireplace could be the perfect finishing touch. In the winter evenings, you can light it up and allow the warm glow of the fire to bathe the kitchen in an ambient light as you eat together as a family. In summer when the fire isn’t needed, use the hearth to display candles and freshly picked flowers.

By choosing to have a fireplace in your kitchen, you can create a truly unique focal point that is practical, yet gives off bags of aesthetic appeal.

Author bio:

Suhayl Laher works at Tiles Direct, one of the UK’s largest independent tile distributors and retailers – bringing design inspiration to homeowners, architects and developers.

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If you are looking into buying a stove this winter you may well have heard the term SIA Ecodesign Ready.

At Charnwood we offer a good range of these stoves but what does this mean and how should it affect your choice? Here we try to answer some of your questions:

Q: What is Ecodesign?

It is a new European-wide programme to help lower emissions and improve air quality.

 

Q: When is the new Ecodesign regulation coming into force?

1st January 2022 across the UK and Europe. All products manufactured after 1st January 2022 will have to comply to Ecodesign regulations.

 

Q: What are Sia Ecodesign ready stoves?

Charnwood and some of the key manufacturers within the SIA (Stove Industry Alliance) have risen to the challenge of Ecodesign and have designed a number of stoves that meet the Ecodesign criteria now. These stoves carry the ‘SIA EcoDesign Ready’ label and all have been independently verified by HETAS.

 

Q: Is it really going to happen, especially given Brexit?

Yes it will happen. While this is European legislation all EU laws are being incorporated into UK law via the ‘EU Withdrawal Bill’. In Defra’s latest consultation document on fuel quality they also refer to Ecodesign 2022 confirming that they are expecting it.

 

Q: What are the key differences between non-compliant stoves and Ecodesign ready stoves?

Ecodesign products have to meet a set of clean-burning criteria:

Efficiency must be over 75%       

Smoke particulates less than 40mg/m3

NOx less than 200 mg/m3           

OGC less than 120 mg/m3

CO less than 0.12%

These figures are achieved by clever air management. At Charnwood we have developed an ultra clean burning technology called ‘Blu’ that exceeds all of the above figures ensuring an excellent burn while reducing emissions.

The graph shows how our All New Island I compares to non-compliant models. This stove is 85% efficient too.

 

Q: How do I know which stoves qualify for Ecodesign?

Check the official list of SIA EcoDesign Ready products which is independently verified.

 

Q: If it is DEFRA-exempted, is this better than Ecodesign?

There is no obvious correlation between Defra exemption and Ecodesign as they are tested very differently. As a general rule it is much more difficult to achieve Ecodesign than Defra Exemption whereas most Ecodesign Ready stoves will meet the criteria for Defra exemption.

 

Q: If it is Sia Ecodesign ready, does it mean it’s also DEFRA-exempt?

No not necessarily – so do check if you live in a smoke control area.

 

Q: Can non-Ecodesign stoves be used past 2022?

Yes – although the new Ecodesign stoves are much better for the environment and will burn less fuel. Most good manufacturers will be phasing out non compliance stoves from 2020

 

Q: Will I use more logs on an Ecodesign stove?

No, they are more efficient therefore should burn less wood.

 

Q: Do Ecodesign stoves really work as well – are they highly baffled?

We have heard that in some cases Ecodesign Ready stoves are not performing well. However our Charnwood ‘Blu’ technology ensures the stove meets the new requirements and burns BETTER than our non compliance models.

 

Q: How is the flame picture affected?

With Charnwood ‘Blu’ technology our flame pattern is more impressive than before.

 

Q: Can I burn mineral fuels in a Charnwood Ecodesign ready stove?

Yes – in the Charnwood Arc, Skye and the All New Island ranges.

 

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Burning well seasoned, dry logs is key to getting the most from your stove. You’ll keep emissions low, efficiencies high and get more heat for less fuel.

Here are our four top tips for when cutting and seasoning your own wood:

Split wood into logs in a range of sizes to suit your stove, no larger than 6 inches in diameter. Split some smaller pieces to use as kindling.  

Stack the wood in a place that gets plenty of sun and wind. Be sure the logs are stacked in a way that allows air to circulate. Ideally, keep the stack off the ground and away from the house.  

Cover the stack to protect it from rain and snow. You can cover just the top, or the sides as well – just make sure the air can get in and that moisture isn’t getting trapped.  

Store the wood for a year or more until the moisture content is below 20%. It’s a good idea to bring wood inside two or three days before you intend to burn it, to make sure it’s properly dried out and ready to use.  

 

Sourcing Wood

When buying firewood, it’s best to look for well-seasoned, hardwood logs from a local, sustainable source. Wood is only sustainable when it comes from well-managed woodland, so make sure your supplier is planting new trees as the old ones are cut down. We can’t emphasise enough the importance of wood that has been well-seasoned: one year is the minimum, two years are best. Kiln dried wood is another widely available option. The wood is cut into logs and dried in large ovens, which speeds up the seasoning process and guarantees a moisture content of less than 20%.