Did you know that the Fire and Rescue Service attended to approximately 7,000 chimney fires last year? Many of them were preventable. For Chimney Fire Safety week 2018 we have devised a guide to help raise awareness of the dangers of chimney fires and how you can avoid them.
Wood burning stoves have been hitting the headlines recently with many contradictory reports regarding a possible ban. So, what’s the truth? Earlier this year, a Clean Air Strategy was published by Michael Gove, which aims to clamp down on all sources of pollution and bring in tougher regulations on household wood burners and fires. The Clean Air Strategy is intended to cut the cost of air pollution to the society by £1 billion a year by 2020 and by £2.5bn a year by 2030. Although Mayor Sadiq Khan has been widely misquoted, the plan isn’t to ban them and the Department for Environment, Food &..
When looking for the perfect stove for your home, there are many different factors to consider. Is it going to be a cost-effective option? Is it harmful to the environment? Does it require a lot of maintenance? Do you have space?As with anything, there are both pros and cons to having a wood burning stove or multi-fuel stove. To shorten your search we’ve collated a few pointers to help you make the right choice for your home.Wood Burner StoveA wood burning stove does just that – burns logs! It is usually built with a fixed grate and a flat base, this is because as the wood burns the ashes are ..
There’s nothing more comforting than sitting in front of a roaring fire on a chilly evening. However, to make sure that you’re fire is burning brightly and as it should be, it’s vital you a have a good wood to burn. When it comes to buying logs for your stove, there are many options available. However, nothing is more important than a good quality wood. We’ve put together a guide to ensure you pick the right, high-quality logs for your stove. Moisture Content The moisture content of your logs could be the difference between a smoky fire that will struggle to heat your home and a beautiful, cle..
Whether you’ve had a wood burning stove for years, or whether you’ve recently purchased your first one, it’s never too late - or early - to put practices in place to increase the efficiency of your stove.The better you look after your stove, the better it will look after you! Taking small steps to maintain your stove...
There was a time when we thought the good old-fashioned fireplace might soon become extinct. It was rapidly being traded in for modern alternatives such as, heated flooring, stylish radiators and trendy heated towel racks. But we are in the mists of waving goodbye to the overbearing push for modernity.
What an idyllic setting… It’s winter, you’re enjoying nature changing through the seasons, sitting in your log cabin feeling nice and warm in front of your wood burning stove - is there a better image to depict the word “cosy”? Probably not! But before you can make this dream a reality...
We wrote an article a little while ago about how to decorate a fireplace for the winter season – but why should fireplace decoration just be for the holidays? The tinsel and fairy lights may be long gone but that doesn’t mean you can’t adorn your fireplace for the spring and summer seasons.Safety First: Be ultra careful when using decorations around flames or hot surfaces. Combustible materials should not be placed within 600mm to either side or above the stove, or a meter in front.Step 1: Choose a colour schemeThis doesn’t have to match the rest of the room; in fact sometimes opting for a dif..
So you’ve decided to purchase your first wood burning stove but you’re worried you might live in a Smoke Control Area? Fear not - we are here to clear up any uncertainties around the rules and regulations in Smoke Control Areas!
At GSG Chimney and Stove Specialists, we believe that the fireplace should be at the centre of all of your Christmas decorations – after all, it’s what allows Santa to deliver our presents! With that being said we’ve decided to help you out a little, with some helpful ideas to help you decorate your fireplace with one of three different themes. Read on for some inspiration and our top tips on how to create a festive fireplace that your guests will ogle over!Safety First: Be ultra careful with decorations around flames or hot surfaces around your fireplace and no combustible materials should be..
We might not have had the coldest winter, but at times we did have a bitterly cold spring. Hence why our spring-cleaning guide is arriving a little later than expected.
An outdoor deck adds comfort and convenience to any home. It gives us a chance to go outside to sit around the pool or entertain our friends and family in the garden.
Few things are as enjoyable on a cold winter night as sitting next to a warm fire. But the reality is that you might be sending your energy bill up in smoke.
There are a myriad of wood types to choose from, all of which have their own burning qualities and properties.We would stress that for using in your wood burning stove Seasoned Dry Wood with no more than 20% moisture should be used.There are of course the compressed Verdo Briquettes available through our website to help get your fire started amongst other Fuels And Firestarters. These tend to burn well and for a decent length of time because they are dense and very dry, however try to choose a product that does not break apart too easily to maintain a h..
We’re all well aware of how the country operates when there’s a bit of snowfall – it doesn’t. Everything comes to a halt. Even with weeks of notice; our preparation for dealing with the harsh temperatures and weather associated with winter just isn’t up to scratch. Whilst the country on a whole might not be able to get it right, that doesn’t mean you, as an individual, have to be the same…So, just how bad is it going to be you ask? To sum it up, pretty horrific. All major news sites and papers are predicting huge snowfall and record low temperatures; if it’s a scare tactic, it’s certainly work..
If the thought of this winter’s heating bill is enough to make you reach for another jumper, you’re not alone.Average energy prices have rocketed by £224, or 21%, in the past year, according to uSwitch.com, pushing annual household bills to £1,293.So with another cold spell on the cards, homeowners are investigating the potential for cheaper ways to heat their homes – including installing woodburning stoves.Recent demand for woodburners has been so high that some manufacturers and installers have struggled to cope. Sales at Isle of Wight manufacturer Charnwood are up about 20% on last year and..