To the uninitiated most stoves will probably look very similar and the specifications will sound the same.
This is not the case. Not all stoves are the same by any means.
Having said that, there are many manufacturers of great stoves around and some can be seen at
FITTERS IN NORTH DEVON
Mark Broadhead 01805 640027 also via Kenwyn Stoves 01805 623521
Graham Watts 01237 476604 or 07789405088
Stacks n Stoves 01271 863338
A stove is only as good as the owner. If it is neglected and ill treated it will cease to work properly.
- Treat your stove with respect and look after it. See this video which shows you how to keep your stove nice and clean.
- Burn dry wood. Damp or green wood (new wood which still retains sap) will create a creosote encrusted chimney which can lead to a chimney fire. A chimney sweep cannot get years of creosote off the sides of the chimney. It looks very pretty and sparkly, but it sets like concrete and even the stiffest brush will not remove it all.
Use a chimney cleaning log.
Burning a chimney cleaning log approximately 2 weeks prior to a sweep will help 'flake' the **creosote so the chimney sweeps brush can do its job. It genuinely does what it says on the packet BUT please do not think this will replace a sweep and you can just burn one or two of these a year instead. Your chimney must be swept as well to remove the flakes and to clean it right to the top.
** Creosote is the resulting hard crust formed in the chimney after burning wood - especially from green wood(new wood still holding its sap)
Tar builds in the chimney near the top where the air cools and it hardens.
It looks very pretty (all sparkly) but it is almost impossible at this stage to get off with a brush.
Creosote has 3 stages of transition - hit 'go' to visit a site which explains it perfectly