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HPM November 2015

Got a story? Ring us on 01732 748041 or e-mail twood@unity-media.com CHIMNEYS,FLUES&FIREPLACES Fast forward to the fireside Tim Pockett, marketing co-ordinator at the Stovax Heating Group, explains why it is important to educate people on how fireside ambience can be achieved without sacrificing heating efficiency... Across the home improvement industry and property sector there is no more talked about subject than energy efficiency and with rising energy costs it’s no surprise. Whether it’s self-build projects, period property renovation, or simply improving the typical British home, property owners and developers across the board are looking to get more for their money, be it by updating to smart heating systems, improving insulation, or simply trying to reduce their reliance on energy providers. However, one thing that is still being overlooked, when it comes to these kinds of improvements, is the open fire - a fixture of many homes in the UK. Despite it being widely recognised that this type of fire is inferior to its closed counterpart, many homeowners are still choosing to install them or keep existing ones. GLASS FRONTED APPLIANCES As an industry it is fundamental that we try to inform people of the benefits of glass fronted appliances and how they close the gap between the age-old concept of the home fire and the present day. And it’s easy to see why. Open fires are a notoriously inefficient way to heat a house, and in many homes stay dormant even in the colder months. Burning at around 25% efficiency, the majority of heat disappears up the chimney as smoke particulates, tar, ash, and soot deposits due to the incomplete burning process, which ultimately builds up in the chimney. The amount of smoke produced by open fires is so great that in most urban areas it is in violation of smoke control restrictions in place across towns and cities in the UK. SMELL OF SMOKE AND ASH Coupled with this is the smell of smoke and ash which permeates soft furnishings overtime, leading many homeowners to question whether the flicker of an open fire is worth the effort. In contrast, glass fronted, woodburning and multi-fuel appliances such as Stovax’s state-of-the-art stoves and cassette fires offer appealing fireside ambience with modern convenience and cleanliness, making them not only a joy to use, but also a viable home heating solution. Due to their closed design, premium stoves and cassette fires can control airflow, meaning WWW.HPMMAG.COM that combustion air can be adjusted using easy to use air controls which allow the user to increase and decrease the flames and heat output with all the ease of a gas or electric appliance. Not only does this reduce the time it takes to raise the room’s temperature to a comfortable level, it also makes it easier to maintain it. Ensuring a clear view of the flame visuals, many appliances feature powerful Airwash jets that push air down the inside of the viewing window to remove ash and tar, while also supplying air to the combustion chamber. Glass fronted stoves and fires burn at a much higher efficiency than open fires, with many appliances reaching over 80%. CHEAPEST FUEL SOURCES Wood is widely considered to be one of the cheapest fuel sources, and with high efficiency appliances generating far more heat per log, it becomes easier to take advantage of this to 96 NOVEMBER 2015 HEATING & PLUMBING MONTHLY reduce heating bills. Using secondary and tertiary airflow systems as well as Cleanburn technology, many Stovax fires burn so cleanly and efficiently that they are exempt from smoke control areas, meaning that even urban homeowners can burn logs in built-up areas. Homeowners can even opt for sealed appliances that use an external air supply. Instead of drawing combustion air from the room they are installed in, all air is drawn from the outside of the property, minimising drafts and improving heating performance. Updating the centuries old fireplace, high efficiency solid fuel appliances have brought the home fire into the modern world – with all the convenience and powerful heating potential we have come to expect but also the warming ambience only the fireside can offer. enquiry number 150 Stovax’s state-of-the-art stoves offer a viable home heating solution


HPM November 2015
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