Home Fires

With the evenings draw­ing in and win­ter just around the cor­ner, Kim Stod­dart takes a peek at the wood burn­ers that will en­sure you stay toasty how­ever low the tem­per­a­ture goes

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Wood burn­ers for win­ter

If home is where the heart is, then dur­ing the cold win­ter months you will want to keep your abode nice and toasty. Even if you have cen­tral heat­ing, there is noth­ing — I re­peat, noth­ing — to beat sit­ting in front of a wood burn­ing stove, maybe with a nice glass or a pint of some­thing strong of an evening, feel­ing the bliss­ful heat it gen­er­ates waft­ing over you.

The heat­wave of 2018 may now seem many long months ago, but you can still feel de­light­fully warmed to your bones in other ways. Come snow, lash­ing cold rain, hail, strong winds or good­ness knows what, a burn­ing stove pro­vides a down-to-earth plea­sure that is hard to beat.

There is some­thing in­cred­i­bly heart­warm­ing about this sim­ple, al­most primeval ex­pe­ri­ence. I per­son­ally never fail to en­joy the light­ing and nur­tur­ing of a fire, be­fore sit­ting back and watch­ing the flames dance all evening. It is mes­meris­ing and un­doubt­edly a small­hold­ing must.

Yet wood burn­ers come in so many dif­fer­ent shapes, sizes and ma­te­ri­als nowa­days that the con­sumer re­ally is spoilt for choice. No mat­ter what size your front room, or in­tended space, there is a stove to suit.

Wood burn­ers also don’t just have to be con­fined to the house. If you have a work­shop, craft room or stu­dio out­side that is cur­rently un­heated then this could be a vi­able op­tion to im­prove your com­fort dur­ing the colder months. Equally, there are even mod­els to im­prove en­joy­ment of the great out­doors and which are ideal for al­fresco din­ing, en­sur­ing that you can utilise your out­door spa­ces for many more months than you might pre­vi­ously have con­sid­ered.

Wood burn­ers come in so many dif­fer­ent shapes, sizes and ma­te­ri­als nowa­days that the con­sumer re­ally is spoilt for choice

Stove De­sign’s Arc­tic Wasp flies to new heights

Stove De­sign pro­duces a wide range of wood burner de­signs, shapes and sizes which are as easy on the eye as they are burst­ing with in­no­va­tion. All come fea­tur­ing the lat­est com­bus­tion tech­nol­ogy, such as triple burn, which Owen Thomas from the com­pany ex­plained, “is a way to boost ef­fi­ciency. Pri­mar­ily fed from the front over the door glass, keep­ing it clean, and sec­on­dar­ily by jets to the top back of the fire­box and thirdly from an air jet set into an in­ter­nal baf­fle be­fore the flue which burns the last bit of smoke”.

Stove De­sign’s Arc­tic Wasp is an ef­fi­cient stove de­signed to heat a smaller space and which also fea­tures an overnight burn. It was orig­i­nally con­ceived for use in a liv­ing ve­hi­cle in Nor­way and it comes with the abil­ity to also pro­vide wa­ter from its steel boiler at the back. The com­pany’s Cube is a much larger, more in­dus­trial-look­ing burner which can kick out in ex­cess of 8KW. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www. stovedesign.com/

May the force be with you

Burn­ing stoves don’t just have to be func­tional, they can also be re­ally fun. In the case of the in­no­va­tive Burned By De­sign, this means a va­ri­ety of movie char­ac­ter-re­lated burn­ers that are guar­an­teed to warm the cock­les and bring a smile to the face. From Darth Vader to Freddy Krueger (if you don’t mind be­ing scared), to Guardians of the Galaxy’s Groot (which I would per­son­ally love for my gar­den), there is bound to be a de­sign to please.

Burned by De­sign pro­duces a mix­ture of struc­tures for out­door use, as well as in­door bioethanol burn­ers. It of­fers a range of pop cult clas­sics, but says that it is al­ways de­vel­op­ing new de­signs and ideas so if you have a par­tic­u­lar urge for a quirkier cus­tom build to brighten your out­side space, then it will try to oblige, mak­ing this the ideal com­pany for you. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www. burned­by­de­sign.com/

Turn­ing up the de­sign heat

Fire­maker’s award-win­ning de­sign­ers have cre­ated a range of par­tic­u­larly at­trac­tive be­spoke wood burn­ers for any size of space. Its team is also able to of­fer ex­pert guid­ance on the prac­ti­cal side of things to help buy­ers in­te­grate one of its state­ment wood burn­ers into their ex­ist­ing build­ing or ren­o­va­tion project.

Fire­maker’s mod­ern hang­ing fires must be stand out de­signs for many peo­ple. As well as look­ing de­light­ful and un­doubt­edly draw­ing the eye, they also give a room a more spa­cious and un­clut­tered look. Like all of the other wood burn­ers fea­tured, they are guar­an­teed to draw ad­mir­ing glances and se­ri­ously turn up the heat for many years to come. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.fire­maker. co.uk.

Re­use, re­cy­cle

Hot­pod’s stoves are made from re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als — gas cylin­ders, ap­par­ently, as well as Volk­swa­gen en­gine parts and re­cy­cled iron — and they are de­light­ful to look at. The com­pany’s ethos has long been about min­imis­ing wastage and creat­ing a supremely ef­fec­tive stove from its Corn­wall premises. As a re­sult, its Hot­pods are “81% ef­fi­cient at burn­ing wood”, ac­cord­ing to spokesper­son Daniel Hard­ing. “That means that 81% of the en­ergy of the wood you are burn­ing ends up as heat in your house, with only 19% lost. If you com­pare that to an old fash­ioned wood stove — think per­ma­nently black glass or no glass at all — they may only be 30-40% ef­fi­cient. This means that you could be us­ing twice as much wood for the same re­sult. That’s not just twice the re­source, but twice the work felling, log­ging, split­ting and stack­ing,” con­tin­ued Daniel. “Not only that, but there is also an in­creased risk of clogged chim­neys and chim­ney fires due to all the tars con­dens­ing in your flue and which are burned in a higher ef­fi­ciency stove. Re­duce, re­use, re­cy­cle. It makes per­fect sense.” For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.hot­pod. co.uk/

This un­usual movie char­ac­ter-themed burner is a Burned by De­sign cre­ation

All Stove De­sign prod­ucts come fea­tur­ing the lat­est com­bus­tion tech­nol­ogy

Burned by De­sign pro­duces a mix of struc­tures for out­door use, as well as in­door bioethanol burn­ers

Hot­pod’s stoves are made from re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als

Fire­maker’s award-win­ning de­signs look at­trac­tive in any space

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