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Gas Safety Week Starts Today

Monday, 10 September 2012 14:01:51 Europe/London

Gas Safety Week runs from 10-16 September, with the gas industry joining forces with consumer organisations to increase gas safety awareness among the general public and encourage people to take good care of their gas appliances. This post looks at the main safety issues addressed by the campaign and gives information about locations of Gas Safety Week events.

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Free Fire Safety Reminders with Press The Button

Friday, 31 August 2012 12:35:08 Europe/London

CO alarm

Testing your smoke alarm or CO alarm is one of those things you know you should do regularly, yet it is easy for it to slip your mind. South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue have come up with a great way to help people keep their smoke alarms in working order.

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Stove Owners - Are You Ready For Winter?

Tuesday, 21 August 2012 14:10:04 Europe/London

The burning season will soon begin. If you have a wood burning or multi fuel stove it's time to make sure it is ready to keep you warm through the winter. To help you get organised Stores Direct have produced this checklist of essential tasks.

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Have You Got Firewood?

Friday, 10 August 2012 14:28:15 Europe/London

Forest Garden log store

At this time of year chatter among seasoned wood burning stove and fireplace users turns to firewood, with everybody talking about whether they have enough stockpiled for the winter. If you're new to wood fired heating or planning to get your first woodburner or open fire this year you may not be thinking about your fuel supply yet, but we recommend you start thinking about firewood well before you need it.

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Stove or Hearth? Bringing the Real Flame into the Heart of your Home

Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:22:33 Europe/London

Villager C woodburning stove

Guest Post Author Bio: John lives in the countryside and is weighing up alternative methods to heating up his cottage.

Whether you are renovating or selling your home, some additional features could help to add value or sell your property. One of the homeliest of these is the hearth or stove. Whether you go for an open fireplace or a wood burning stove* you are guaranteed to bring a warm glow into your home.

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Small Woodburner Suggestions

Wednesday, 18 April 2012 14:05:45 Europe/London

Village Puffin Wood Burning Stove

There are so many woodburners and multi fuel stoves on the market that it can be hard to work out what stove is best for you, especially if you have very specific requirements. One common problem scenario is finding a suitable stove for a small living room, a boat, a caravan, a mobile home or even an outbuilding. To help you along the way this post rounds up suggestions for tiny woodburners with a heat output of 3-4kW. I've picked a mixture of top sellers in this output range and lesser known models.

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Wood Stove Safety Tips From Fire Service

Thursday, 22 March 2012 16:18:40 Europe/London

Villager Chelsea Duo multi-fuel stove

Dumfries and Galloway Fire and Rescue Service recently issued some safety guidance in the wake of a number of house fires linked to wood burning stoves. Substantial energy price rises in recent years, coupled with the struggle to cope with recession, have made woodburners a popular way to save money on home heating bills. The trouble is that the pressing need to save money can tempt people to cut corners when installing their wood burning stove, increasing the risk of a house fire.

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Ash Disposal Tips for Open Fires and Woodburners

Tuesday, 31 January 2012 14:44:00 Europe/London

Gallery Pembroke cast iron fireplace

There's nothing like the ambiance and comfort of a real fire, but decades of reliance on central heating seem to have left some gaps in our understanding of fire safety. I've seen too many news stories lately about house fires which started because ash from an open fire or woodburner wasn't disposed of safely. Many people don't realise how dangerous hot ashes can be, assuming the risk of fire disappears as the flames die down. However, even when it looks as though the fire is dead embers can stay hot enough to start a fire for several days afterwards.

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Stove & Fireplace Clearance

Friday, 23 December 2011 10:54:01 Europe/London

As today is our last day of business before the Christmas break, we would like to wish all our customers the best for the festive season. Our normal business hours will resume on Tuesday 3rd January, and in the meantime our opening hours are as follows:

Saturday 24 to Monday 26 December Closed
Tuesday 27 to Friday 30 December 10am to 4pm
Saturday 31 December Closed
Sunday 1 January Closed
Monday 2 January 10am to 4pm

 

Our stove & fireplace showroom is holding a winter clearance sale from 27th December. Prices start from £199, and everything must go! Our showroom carries only a small percentage of the thousands of products we sell online, so please call the showroom on 01422 373540 before visiting if you are outside our local area to avoid disappointment if they do not have the product you are interested in.

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Real Christmas Trees - Essential Safety Tips

Friday, 16 December 2011 13:26:16 Europe/London

I recently saw the above fire safety video which gives a shocking demonstration of the dangers of a real Christmas tree catching fire. The video shows two living room fires filmed in a laboratory - the rooms are fully furnished but have one open wall to allow filming. The first section shows a fire developing in an everyday living room, and the second shows the spread of a fire from a real Christmas tree. As the video shows, if your Christmas tree catches fire it will very quickly escalate much more rapidly. With that in mind, I decided this would be a good time to go over some essential safety tips for real Christmas trees.

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