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Woodburning stoves make for a great addition to any home and can completely change the atmosphere and ambiance of a room. As well as an efficient and clean source of heat, a wood-burning stove should also be a focal point within a room and compliment the overall aesthetic.
Whether you want a cosy homely feel, or something more dramatic and contemporary, we’ve put together some wood-burning stove design ideas for inspiration.

How do you decorate a room with a wood-burning stove?

How you choose to decorate your room with the addition of a wood-burning stove will depend on several factors, including the style of your home, where the stove will be positioned and whether you want to achieve a modern or traditional aesthetic.

What do you put behind a wood-burning stove?

Stone and brick are popular materials to use behind a wood-burning stove if you want to achieve a rustic, natural look. However, you may wish to use patterned tiles, stone veneer or specialist fireplace chamber lining panels such as vitreous enamel. Again, what you put behind your wood-burning stove will depend on its position in the room.

How far off the wall should a wood-burning stove be?

Generally, a wood-burning stove will need at least 100mm clearance from the wall, however, it may vary depending on the stove you choose. It is worth considering a wall mounted heat shield if you are tight on space. This will allow you to safely place your stove upto 95mm from the wall even if it is made from a combustible material. When you purchase a stove from one of our recommended Charnwood Stockists, they will be able to provide the exact information for the stove you choose. They will also tell you all you need to know about finding a qualified installer.

Woodburning stove design ideas

Classic stove

If you have an alcove or fire chamber in which to place your stove, opt for exposed brick with a wooden mantel above for classic charm.

Corner stove

Wood burning stoves placed in the corner of a room with an exposed flue look great in modern homes. They also come in a variety of unique shapes and colours for you to choose from.

Make it a centrepiece

Stoves don’t always need to be against a wall. If you have a larger room and are able to run a chimney up to the roof, consider making it a centrepiece and choose something tall and dramatic with a large picture window.

Add colour or pattern

Stoves come in a range of beautiful colours. If you choose black, you can still have fun with colour and pattern by tiling the hearth or surrounding area, or even by painting the brickwork a bold colour.

Go minimal

If you prefer a more minimalist approach, choose a black or white stove against a plain neutral coloured wall.

Stone veneer

Stone veneer is an affordable way of creating a traditional and luxe-looking fireplace that works in both contemporary and rustic homes.

Industrial look

Use a metal backdrop to create an industrial, modern look that gives the feel of a New York loft. You could also create a custom structure with metal or vitreous enamel panels for something truly unique.

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A fire pit is a great addition to any outdoor space, adding warmth, comfort and functionality to your garden, balcony or terrace. It will not only ensure that you’re always warm and cosy, but you can also cook on a fire pit. They also provide a great entertainment centrepiece, all year round.

When it comes to lighting your fire pit, there are several techniques you can use to ensure that your fire pit lights and lasts. Here, we explore some top tips.

Invest in good quality, dry firewood

First and foremost, you will need to invest in good quality, dry firewood to give yourself the best chance of lighting your fire quickly and safely. If you don’t have well seasoned wood to hand Kiln Dried Logs are one of the best alternative options and can be purchased from several suppliers.

But why are they the best option? Dry firewood has a moisture content below 20%, meaning it can be used on your fire pit straight away. It will also burn much cleaner with less harmful emissions.

Hardwoods such as oak and beech are the best option for achieving a long burn and for cooking lots of different dishes. Charcoal is also considered as being a great choice for cooking with on a fire pit.

What do you need to light a fire pit?

To light a fire pit, you will need:

• Kiln Dried or well seasoned logs with a moisture level below 20%

• Matches

• Kindling sticks

• Natural firelighters

• Heat resistant gloves

How to light your fire pit

• First build a ‘Jenga’ tower of six-eight kindling sticks in your fire pit

• Next, place a natural firelighter in the middle of the tower and place some small logs at an angle across the kindling.

• Now it’s time to light the firelighter. You should leave this for a few minutes until the tower and logs are well lit.

• Add two or three more logs to your fire at a time ensuring that there’s plenty of air gaps to achieve good airflow.

Now all that is left to do is enjoy your fire!

Our top tips

Here are our top safety tips for lighting your fire pit:

• It is important to place your fire pit on a non-combustible surface such as a paving slab. Ensure there is plenty of safe space around the fire pit to allow for any ash and hot ember spillage.

• When using an open fire pit, you should make sure that children and animals are supervised at all times.

• You should never light your fire pit in a confined space or next to branches or any other object that can catch fire easily. Before you begin, it’s always worthwhile reading a safety guide.

• When lighting the fire pit, make sure that you are wearing appropriate clothing and that you keep a safe distance away from the fire.

• You should only use well seasoned ‘Ready to Burn’ wood and always keep your firewood in a log store to ensure that it is kept dry.

No matter how you light your fire, it’s important to always put safety first.

Take a look at our Charnwood Fireball – a British made, fun-to-assemble kit. Purchase one today and enhance your outdoor space.

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Fire pits offer a whole host of benefits, making them an outdoor essential that you will be able to make use throughout the year – not just the summer.

A fire pit will not only keep you warm, but it will also offer lots of other practical benefits.

Here are our top 5 fire pit benefits:

 

Light up a fire pit and enjoy the garden

Whether you’re hosting an outdoor party and enjoying the summer evenings, or you’re looking to create a striking focal point which will become the centrepiece of any social occasion, a fire pit will add function and form to your outdoor space.

Ideal for chilly evenings or creating the perfect ambience, a fire pit makes it incredibly easy to create a cosy and inviting atmosphere outdoors.

 

Dine al fresco even in winter

There’s nothing quite like enjoying a spot of al fresco dining. Whether you’re looking for a heating solution to see you through the chilly summer evenings or keep you warm and toasty on winter nights, a fire pit is a great addition to any outdoor dining space, adding warmth, style and practicality.

For those adventurous chefs, you can even cook a wide variety of food on your fire pit. Many fire pits double up as a grill. If your fire pit doesn’t already have a grill to cook on, they are relatively easy to find as an addition to your existing fire pit.

 

Socialising with friends and family

With the nation being encouraged to spend as much time outdoors with our loved ones as possible, a fire pit can make a significant difference. Adding a fire pit to your outdoor space will create a warm, toasty and comfortable outdoor environment that you can enjoy all year round with those you are closest to.

 

An extension of your home

With a fire pit, your outdoor space becomes an extension of your home where you can relax, unwind, and catch up with friends. Add some comfy seating and additional lighting and it’s sure to become your new favourite space.

 

Light up a special occasion

Fire pits are a great way to set the scene for special occasions. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, bonfire night, Halloween or even Christmas, a fire pit will add a unique touch to light up any special occasion.

Check out our Charnwood Fireball – a British made, fun-to-assemble kit. Purchase one today, enhance your outdoor space and enjoy its countless benefits.

 

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The way you stack and store your firewood is a lot more important than you may think! If you have a wood-burning stove or wood-burning fire pit, it’s important to store your firewood in the right way.

Why?

Failure to store your firewood in the right way can result in a whole host of issues, including bug infestations, problems with mould and fungus, as well as issues with your wood’s moisture levels causing it not to burn as well as you would like. For a clean and efficient burn logs should have a moisture level of below 20%. So you must keep your firewood as clean, safe, and dry as possible.

We’ve created a handy guide to answer all your questions regarding firewood storage.

 

What is the best way to store firewood outside?

Firewood is best stored outside. It should be stored neatly, with the outside of the wood exposed to the air. If possible, you should place the wood on top of plastic sheeting or in a wooden log store. Avoid tree cover if possible and don’t leave the logs in a heap.

 

Does firewood need to be covered?

Firewood should remain uncovered so it can be properly dried. However, this is not always possible, especially during the winter months where ice, snow and rain can wreak havoc with firewood storage.

With this in mind, you should invest in a good cover to place over the top of your woodpile that will protect it from the elements when needed.

 

Can you store firewood on the ground?

As a general rule, firewood should always be stored off the ground to allow for proper ventilation. A great option is to store your wood on a wooden pallet.

 

Is it OK to store firewood in a garage?

If your logs are already dry, it’s fine to store them in a garage. If they’re not dry, there won’t be enough fresh or flowing air to help them dry out in a garage environment.

 

Is it OK to stack firewood next to a house?

All firewood should be stored around 20 feet away from the nearest door to your house. If you’re planning on stacking wood next to a structure, you should always make sure that it is a few inches away from the structure to optimise airflow.

 

Why are log stores open at the front?

Most log stores have an open front to optimise ventilation. However, when the elements are against you, it’s worthwhile investing in tarpaulin to cover the front of the log store to ensure that the wood remains dry. Why? Dry firewood burns quicker and is easier to light, so however you store it, you should always make sure that it is dry.

If you’re thinking about buying a wood-burning stove and would like to find out more about storing firewood, contact Charnwood today. Our friendly, expert team are on hand and more than happy to answer any queries you may have.

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The Charnwood Cooking plate is a highly durable and versatile addition to your stove. It can be fitted to the top of a standard stove, in place of the blanking plate, to create a hot plate that’s perfect for cooking a range of tasty dishes*

The key to cooking on your stove top is in the preparation, ensuring your wood stove is hot enough and burning away nicely before you start.

If you’re looking to test out your cooking skills on your stove top, you have certainly landed in the right place. We’ve gathered some of our favourite one-pot, stove top cooking recipes that are sure to go down a treat and transform you into a culinary expert.

Here are 4 things to cook on a stove top:

1. One-skillet healthy paella

Bring the taste of Spain into your home with this delicious cuisine. Paella is a superb, social dish to cook on a stove top.

Using a single pan, you can cook a healthy paella on your stovetop, achieving a crispy finish on the bottom and a soft top, which is exactly what you want when cooking this classic Spanish dish. Start by browning off your chicken, and then add your onions, garlic and preferred vegetables. Once this is done, add rice and combine with the other ingredients. Give it a good stir and it’s good to go.

2. One-pot beef stew

The perfect winter warmer, this one-pot beef stew can easily be cooked on top of your log burner.

Add olive oil to a pan and heat. Cut the beef into bitesize chunks and sear in batches, ensure the meat has developed a nice brown crust. Set the meat aside and add onions, garlic and balsamic vinegar to the pan, then add tomato paste and the beef. Add red wine, beef broth, water, bay, thyme and sugar and stir well. Cover and leave to cook slowly for two hours. Add carrots, mushrooms, and potatoes, and leave to cook for another hour. Enjoy.

3. Stove-top lasagne

A family favourite, this stove top lasagne is super easy and incredibly tasty.

In a large skillet pan, cook mince and onion until the mince is brown. Add in onion, tinned tomatoes, sliced mushrooms, green peppers, mini lasagne sheets (or you can simply tear up standard ones), water and Italian seasoning. Stir and leave to simmer until the pasta is tender. Sprinkle cheese over the top and serve.

4. Stove-top pizza

Another Italian favourite – gather round the wood burner and prepare this tasty treat and enjoy all-year-round.

You’ll need to prep the pizza dough in advance. Cook the pizza base in a skillet pan, flipping it over so that it is golden and toasted on both sides, but not burned. Now it’s time to add the toppings – add your sauce, cheese and desired toppings before covering the pan with a lid. This step is key if you want the cheese to melt! Once the cheese is melted and bubbly, your pizza is ready to eat. Serve and watch your families’ faces light up.

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Feeling inspired to get cooking on your wood burner or stove? Please get in touch with Charnwood today. Our experts are on hand and ready to answer any queries you might have.

*Please note the stove must be fitted with a vertical rear flue adaptor in order to accommodate a cooking plate.

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A boiler stove is a sustainable and practical way to run a central heating system while adding a cosy atmosphere to your home. Wherever you choose to install your boiler stove, you can create a focal point that offers both sophistication and homely tradition that will stand the test of time.

Here, we explore all you need to know about where to install a boiler stove.

Installing a boiler stove in a living room

The living room is often the most popular location to install a boiler stove as this is where people spend a lot of time. Whether you’re watching your favourite TV series or curling up with a good book, having a boiler stove on in the background provides not only a homely ambience, but beautiful aesthetics. Modern boiler stoves offer a huge range of designs and styles, so whether your home is contemporary or traditional, you will find something to suit.

Plumbing a boiler stove into the central heating

In most cases a boiler stove can be incorporated into you existing system. If you choose to plumb your stove into your central heating to power your radiators and/or hot water, you must contact a qualified heating engineer.

Boiler stove installation for hot water supply

Once installed, you can use your boiler stove to transfer the heat from the burning fuel into hot water that can be piped and used around your household. Depending on the size of your home it can easily produce enough hot water for a full household or it can take some of the strain off your central heating system and help make things run more efficiently.

Can you self-install a boiler stove?

A boiler stove must always be installed by a qualified heating engineer. The installation needs to be done safely and according to the recommended industry standard and building regulations. Installation can vary from property to property, which is why it’s extremely important to have a professional complete the process.

Are boiler stoves suitable for kitchens?

For many people, the kitchen is the heart of the home and where people gather together to relax and socialise. A boiler stove can look beautiful in both modern and traditional kitchens, but you will need to ensure there is either an existing flue system or a location in the kitchen to install a flue pipe and chimney.

Can you install a boiler stove in a bedroom?

Yes, you can install a boiler stove in a bedroom if the size and proportions of the room are suitable. You will need to speak with a qualified heating engineer to see if your bedroom is suitable for a boiler stove.

How to choose the best boiler stove for your home

When it comes to choosing the best boiler stove for your home, you should speak to one of our recommended Charnwood Stockists who have the relevant training to provide a comprehensive pre-sales service. They can recommend the correct boiler stove for your home and provide all the information you need regarding the regulations in your area and what the installation will entail. Explore our exclusive network of stockists.

How to find a qualified boiler stove installer

We strongly recommend you purchase your Charnwood boiler stove through an official and trusted Charnwood stockist. They will be able to provide all the information you need about finding a qualified boiler stove installer and can also provide the highest standards of after-sales support.

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If you’re feeling inspired and want to find out more about the possibility of adding a boiler stove to your home, get in touch with Charnwood today. Our experts are on hand and ready to answer any queries you might have.

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If you are already the proud owner of a boiler stove, or are considering a future purchase, you will not be disappointed. Not only does a boiler stove offer a highly efficient heat source, it provides a homely ambience and a decorative and stylish focal point in your home.

If you are considering the cost-effective and energy efficient move to a boiler stove but need further information, we can help.

We have compiled all you need to know about boiler stoves, their benefits and the must-knows of this stylish and eco-conscious heating choice.

What is a boiler stove?

A boiler stove is an appliance that burns wood or mineral fuels to generate hot water and power radiators. The range of Charnwood boiler stoves are specifically designed for those wishing to run a full central heating system.

What are the benefits of a boiler stove?

Boiler stoves are a valuable addition to any home, and boast numerous benefits, including:

•  Option to link to your existing central heating system (run by oil or gas) to reduce home heating bills

•  Option to link to combi boilers, underfloor heating or solar thermal panels

•  Reduced carbon footprint

•  Looks stylish and inviting in the home

•  Available in modern or traditional designs

•  Used to heat water throughout the home

•  Generates and stores heat

How a boiler stove works

A boiler stove works by transferring heat from the burning fuel into water. This can then be piped and transferred where it is needed in the household. It can be used for both heating and/or domestic hot water.

A boiler stove can provide wood or coal fired central heating. It does this by being connected to the house heating system, usually radiators. The heat from the burning wood is then pumped around the house. If your house uses underfloor heating, the boiler stove is instead connected to a hot water tank and the underfloor heating is connected to this.

A boiler stove can be used to power your central heating system as well as providing hot water. This system will require input and knowledge from an experienced heating engineer.

Contact us for more information regarding your central heating and hot water from your wood boiler stove.

Using a back boiler for central heating

The term back boiler refers to the way in which the boiler is incorporated into the firebox itself.

It replaces the firebricks withing the stove creating an effective way to transfer heat from the fire to water.

How to choose a boiler stove

When it comes to selecting a boiler stove for your home, there are several key factors to consider:

•  Which type of boiler stove is most suitable

•  The correct size of your boiler stove – this should be calculated by an experienced engineer

•  The heat consumption and output of your stove

•  The size of your water tank

•  The level of hot water usage in your household

•  The number of radiators you have

•  Whether you have underfloor heating

Contact the experts at Charnwood for more advice on how to choose a suitable boiler stove.

How to get your boiler stove installed

A boiler stove must always be installed by a qualified heating engineer, with the skills, expertise and knowledge to ensure safe installation according to the recommended industry standard.

At Charnwood, our stoves are available exclusively throughout our network of selected stockists. We strongly recommend purchasing your boiler stove through an official Charnwood stockist, where you will receive the highest standards of installation and after-sales support. Click here to find out more.

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If you are looking to purchase a boiler stove or are keen to find out more, contact Charnwood today. Our friendly, expert team are on hand and more than happy to answer any queries you may have.