You might be wondering what all the fuss is about - why are so many people installing wood and multi-fuel stoves? A recent report from Zoopla tried to explain why so many people are installing wood burners. It noted that the environmental benefits are quite clear, but they are not the only reasons for installing a stove:
Premier Stove Installations emphasises the importance of regular maintenance of your chimney and burning equipment. A recent report in Lincolnshire Today points out that chimney fires in the region are on the increase. The report goes on to say that Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue are urging people to have their chimneys swept by a registered sweep in order to reduce or remove the build-up of flammable creosote.
Debbie Robinson, Deputy Community Fire Safety Manager, explains, “Open fires and log burners are widely used in Lincolnshire, but without proper maintenance, a chimney can become dangerous.” You should ensure you have your chimney swept at these intervals, depending on the fuel that you burn:
Of course, there is more to chimney safety than simply chimney fires, as pointed out by the National Association of Chimney Engineers. Where a chimney is defective, or has been installed incorrectly, carbon monoxide poisoning can be an issue. The NACE says, “It is imperative that your chimney is in optimal working order at all times". It is vital that a carbon monoxide detector is fitted to the room where the stove is located and that you have the chimney and burning equipment inspected and maintained at regular intervals.
Premier Stove Installations is conscious of the need to provide environmentally sustainable heating. We strive to provide the necessary information to allow our customers to make informed decisions on the best stove for their needs while considering the environmental impact at all times.
DEFRA and the Forestry Commission have provided information on the use of wood fuel in a report named "Woodfuel Meets the Challenge", which was published in 2006.
The main points of the report include:
For information purposes, we have provided a link to the Scunthorpe Smoke Control Map, which is available in .pdf format.