Stovax & Gazco » Category: Multi-Fuel Stoves & Fires http://www.stovax.com Stoves, Fires & Fireplaces Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:10:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Go Pro with Professional XQ™: A twin wall flue with a differencehttp://www.stovax.com/go-pro-professional-xq-twin-wall-flue-difference/ http://www.stovax.com/go-pro-professional-xq-twin-wall-flue-difference/#comments Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:41:44 +0000 http://mt.stovax.com/stovax.com/wordpress/?p=21182 Professional XQ™ is an innovative twin wall flue system that can be configured to suit virtually any installation requirement, opening up new possibilities for you and your wood burning fire or stove.

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The Professional XQ™ system with an internal installation

The Professional XQ™ system with an internal installation

There are many benefits to installing a wood burning fire or stove into your home, including supplying warmth and creating an alluring feature. Provided you burn wood that is well-seasoned and responsibly sourced, your wood will be a carbon-neutral energy source, as the amount of CO² released upon burning is roughly the same amount as is absorbed by the tree during its lifetime. With advantages such as these, it is easy to see why woodburning is an increasingly popular choice for home heating.

However, the need for a chimney or flue system can limit where you can position your stove in the home. If you want to install your stove into a room without a chimney, or into a more unconventional space, you may feel the odds are stacked against you.

Enter Stovax Professional XQ™ Stove & Fireplace Chimney systems; a complete internal & external flue system which can be configured to suit virtually any installation requirement, opening up new possibilities for you and your woodburning fire or stove. The Professional XQ™ system is highly versatile and can be installed either as a through wall installation or as an internal installation.

What makes the Professional XQ™ system so innovative? Stovax has designed the Professional XQ™ range to be safe and easy to install, using Twist-Lock connections to prevent accidental uncoupling. Sophisticated technical solutions, such as a Base wall support and spigot assembly that can support up to 12m of Chimney System, ensure that Professional XQ™ is on the cutting-edge of flue design.

Professional XQ™ is also innovative when it comes to aesthetics. The Decorative Single to Twin Adapter/Increaser provides a seamless join between the Professional XQ™ twin wall system and the single skinned enamelled flue pipe. If you have an internal installation, the Decorative Ceiling Cover Plate will ensure a clean finish to an opening through the ceiling. Overall the Professional XQ™ twin wall flue system is designed to avoid unsightly joins and untidy edges, ensuring your installation is as attractive as possible.

The Professional XQ™ system can be powder coated to almost any colour

The Professional XQ™ system can be powder coated to almost any colour

Some properties may be under restrictions from their local planning authority regarding the colour of their flue system, but this is not an issue with the Professional XQ™ System, as all external components can be powder-coated to virtually any colour of your choice. So whether you are affected by planning regulations, or simply wish to create a certain aesthetic finish, the Professional XQ™ twin wall flue system can be customised to suit your needs.

You can rest assured that the Professional XQ™ range, has been tested and approved by BSRIA and has HETAS approval. The Professional XQ™ range is also CE approved by TUV SUD. For more information on how the Professional XQ™ can help you install your perfect woodburning stove or fire, contact your local retailer.

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Do you know a wood burning stove from a multi-fuel stove?http://www.stovax.com/know-wood-burning-stove-multi-fuel-stove/ http://www.stovax.com/know-wood-burning-stove-multi-fuel-stove/#comments Thu, 29 Aug 2013 13:16:08 +0000 http://mt.stovax.com/stovax.com/wordpress/?p=14429 With many solid fuel stoves designed to be either dedicated wood burning stoves or multi-fuel stoves, it is useful to be aware of the distinction before you decide which would best suit your needs.

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Many stoves on the market today are designed as dedicated wood burning or multi-fuel appliances. Although there are similarities and logs may be burnt on multi-fuel stoves, there are some important differences to the structure of each type of stove to ensure their efficiency and performance when burning their specified fuel type.

Wood burning is literally that – burning wood logs and nothing else. Wood burning stoves are specifically designed to create the optimum burning conditions for logs. Their fixed grate allows for the creation of a bed of ashes onto which new logs can be placed to burn. The ashes help the logs to combust evenly. Additionally, air is supplied over the logs to stimulate combustion and ensure a powerful heat output.

The Brunel, a multi-fuel stove is shown here burning logs.

The Brunel, a multi-fuel stove is shown here burning logs.

Stovax wood burning stoves are designed for maximum efficiency; most models are equipped with cleanburn technology, a sophisticated system to introduce pre-heated air into the firebox to combust any unburnt hydrocarbons. This creates even more heat for your room as well as the effective use of your fuel – this, in turn ensures your stove’s firebox is kept clean. Many stoves also offer an Airwash function which in conjunction with Cleanburn helps to keep the glass in your stove door clear so you get a fantastic view of the swirling flames and glowing embers within the firebox.

Multi-fuel stoves can burn a combination of materials including wood logs, peat/turf briquettes and coal and this enables you to select fuels that are the most cost effective and readily available in the vicinity of your home. As smokeless fuels burn better when raised, as air may be drawn in from underneath to facilitate combustion, Stovax multi-fuel stoves are designed with a riddling grate which allows ash to disperse (be riddled) into a built-in ashpan. This ashpan can be quickly and easily emptied to ensure the flow of air under the fuel. They may also include a primary air inlet to further facilitate the movement of air beneath the grate. Some multi-fuel stoves also benefit from the advantages of Cleanburn and Airwash, additionally some stoves in the Stovax range couple these functions with “AMS” (Ash Management Solution) which allows you to clean the ashes from your stove via an external ashpan.

The Riva F40 from Stovax has been designed to burn either wood or multi-fuel effectively, making it a highly convenient choice.

The Riva F40 from Stovax has been designed to burn either wood or multi-fuel effectively, making it a highly convenient choice.

Although many stoves are designed as dedicated wood burners or multi-fuel stoves, some also come with a special conversion kit to enable you to take advantage of both fuel types. For further information on wood burning and multi-fuel stoves please visit one of our Expert Retailers who will be happy to provide guidance and recommend a stove for your property. You will also be able to find comprehensive information on fuel types as well as technical details relating to the advanced functions of our stoves and fires in our brochures which are available quickly and easily here via our dedicated webpage on our website.

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An annual guide to using a wood burning stove or multi-fuel stovehttp://www.stovax.com/an-annual-guide-to-using-a-wood-burning-or-multi-fuel-stove/ http://www.stovax.com/an-annual-guide-to-using-a-wood-burning-or-multi-fuel-stove/#comments Thu, 21 Feb 2013 15:19:18 +0000 http://www.stovax.com/blog/?p=2288 Some top tips on how to maintain your wood burning or multi-fuel stove.

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Stocking up on fuel

Good quality fuel is a must and will help you to gain the highest levels of efficiency from your wood burning stove or multi-fuel stove. Consult a respected source such as HETAS or the Solid Fuel Association to find out where your nearest approved supplier is and invest in properly seasoned logs with a moisture content below 20% or high quality solid fuel. Using properly seasoned logs in your stove can give you up to twice the level of heat output compared to burning green logs, although it is worth noting that green wood logs can be cheaper to buy. Try this useful blog for advice on ‘How to dry your own logs’ as it has essential tips on preparing and storing green logs to burn which can be very cost effective.

Servicing your stove

A clogged appliance will require a greater amount of fuel to burn so ensure you book a HETAS registered engineer to service your wood burning stove or multi-fuel stove. It is recommended that you do this once a year so put it in your calendar for late summer to ensure your stove is ready to burn when the weather begins to cool. This will save you time, space and money as your stove will require less fuel to generate the warmth you need during the long winter months.

Getting your chimney swept

If you are burning wood, ensure your chimney is swept at least twice a year; this can be reduced to once if you are using multi-fuel in your stove. Book your chimney sweep to attend just before you want to begin using your stove on a regular basis again; this is particularly important if you haven’t used your stove for a while. HETAS advises that those with a wood burning stove should book their chimney sweep to attend a second time, just after the peak of the heating season. If you need to find an approved chimney sweep consult the listings from HETAS.

Cleaning your stove

  • Make sure that you have given your stove time to cool down completely before you begin. It is important for your safety that your appliance is cold to the touch.
  • You need to remove several internal parts of your stove; this can include the baffle, firebricks, grate and ashpan. Always consult your stove’s instruction manual for guidance. If you need any further help try consulting a site with useful ‘how to’ videos such as www.stovax.tv.
  • Remove ash and debris with a vacuum. To protect your regular vacuum, invest in an ash-clean from Stovax which is an attachment for your existing appliance provided that it is fitted with a dust bag.
  • Wipe down the inside of the stove or fire with a brush or scraper.
  • Vacuum the inside of the stove again to collect any debris you have loosened.
  • Use a wire brush to clean the grate and any related parts. This is a good time to check the grate to ensure it is in a good condition.
  • Now turn your attention to the firebricks and clean these with a soft brush. Again, take this opportunity to check your stove’s firebricks for any splits or cracks. Your local retailer will be able to obtain spare parts for you should you believe any bit of your stove needs replacing.
  • You can now return each of the internal parts of your stove.

The condition of your stove’s door including the rope seal

  • Check the rope seal in the door of your stove; if it is old or worn, you should replace it. A useful step-by-step guide to assist you can be found on www.stovax.tv.
  • If the door catch and hinge pins are stiff, lubricate them with a little oil.

The exterior of your stove

Finish with an image refresh! Use an aerosol paint or colloidal black cleaner (as appropriate) to smarten the exterior of your stove. Again, your local retailer will be able to advise you on what you need for your stove. Please note that a stove with an enamel surface should be cleaned with a soft cloth that you have dampened.

Further sources of information on wood burning

  • Your local retailer will be able to advise you on all aspects of cleaning and obtaining spare parts for your stove.
  • Stovax has a range of stove cleaning products and tools to help you easily and safely remove ash, soot and other debris from the firebox.
  • www.stovax.tv has a range of easy to follow videos with essential advice and tips.
  • HETAS is the official body recognised by Government to approve solid fuel appliances, fuels and services has a wealth of information on caring for your stove as well as invaluable listings of respected and fully trained engineers and chimney sweeps.
  • The Solid Fuel Association has information on wood and multi-fuel suppliers.

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