A combination of many years of experience and modern technology has meant that modern stoves are very easily maintained and in our experience are certainly cleaner and easier to use than an open fire.
The airwash system works so well that with only minimal cleaning you have an uninterrupted view of the flickering flames.
The cast iron used in the stove is extremely durable and as long as you do not over fire your stove it should last for a considerable number of years. You may need some replacement parts which we can supply.
It is important to use the correct fuel in your stove as some forms of coal and coke e.g. petcoke can seriously damage your stove through over firing.
If you are burning wood it is vital that it is seasoned and stored correctly. Burning wood can give great results, be good for the environment and inexpensive but there are important considerations about how you do it. For the best results you should burn dry wood with a moisture content below 20% that is well, but not too tightly packed into the fire box. The more moisture there is in the wood, the more it will smoke and possibly cause tar to build up the chimney. Not only that but it will produce less heat. If the fire is too loosely packed more air will circulate and a faster, less economical burn rate result.
Plastics should never be burnt in your stove.
We recommend you visit some of the following websites for further information
Logpile the website of of the National Energy Foundation's Log Pile project, a project that aims to promote and aid the use of wood as a source of renewable energy.
Solidfuel association has information on all aspects of heating with solid fuel.
British Biogen has information on suppliers of biomass fuels, products and services.
HETAS is the organisation recognised by the Department of the Environment as the official testing and approval body for the solid fuel industry.
Woodheat is a good place to learn how to burn wood better.