Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Spring 2017

Where has the time gone?  All of a sudden its May 2017!

Just a few things to remind people to do this spring as usual


  • Get your chimney swept now before you light up again and before the big rush - it is important and not to be forgotten.
  • Clean your stove at the end of the season, if you need to give it a spit and polish, use Hotspot - it's really good - Amazon have a supply. 
  • Make sure that you have a stock of wood that is 19% moisture or less - so you don't get a build up of tar, particuarly at the very top of your chimney/flue
  • Check the batteries in your smoke and CO detectors - vital 
  • If you need smoke detectors they have come down in price significantly now.  We have a stock of both and also moisture testers should you need some.  

If you don't already have a wood burning stove now is the time to consider one because the waiting times are negligible during summer.  All our stoves are hand finished to order and come with a full 10 year warranty.  We SUPPLY to the whole of France, and INSTALL locally to us (we are based near Carcassonne) We do however have a network of installers around France and will help you with your installation.   We can help with sizing and advice on what is needed for your house / chimney.  

Give us a call on 04 68 47 05 44 or email stoves@woodwarmstovesfrance.com  


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Summer Newsletter

Is summer ever going to get going and stay going?   It’s like a rollercoaster up here in the mountains.  Blisteringly (is that a word?) hot one day followed by storms the next.   

Steve was doing an installation yesterday (July 11th) of a 6KW Fireview further up our mountains, and the lovely lady client said that she wouldn’t be lighting it until she needed it, usually September.   Goodness me what a few hundred metres of altitude makes! We are at 550 metres and in a normal year our 9KW Fireview wouldn’t be lit until end of October, and our central heating (wood burning cooker) wouldn’t be lit until late November.   (Hardy souls that we are – or is it just mean?)  The point is, that if you too are living in a colder area of France, and need a wood burner then now really is the time to think about buying one before the panic season starts.   September through to Christmas is really our busiest time and it might be a good idea to get in first or face having a long wait.  Our factory has recently doubled its capacity, but the stoves are hand finished to order, so there is always a wait albeit, not so long now we hope. 
  
Here’s the bad news...
...Woodwarm UK announced a 3% increase in all stoves from this month.  The first since 2013, so I suppose we’ve done well.  

The good news…
… is that Steve and I have decided that because of this we will keep a 10% discount running on all the stoves for the foreseeable future for everyone that settles their invoice within 7 days of delivery.   Small comfort we know, but this could mean a big saving for those buying big stoves/stoves with boilers. 

Don’t forget …
…at the very least to have your chimney swept before the next season, even if you own one of our stoves, where deposits are generally burned off, you still have to have the chimneys swept to comply with your house insurance.   Insurance companies in France are like those the world over, they will get out of paying in any way that they can. 

If you need…
… any carbon monoxide detectors, smoke detectors, or moisture detectors, please get in touch as we have a small stock here.  

And finally…
… as always, if you need any advice or want to buy one of our great stoves, please get in touch, phone, email or letter, we are always happy to help even if you choose to go elsewhere, it’s important to us that you get what YOU want.  

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Spring Newsletter 2016


Spring 2016 Newsletter 

Well winter wasn’t so bad was it?  For us in the south it was surprisingly mild, and hardly any snow, so different to previous winters.   We haven’t finished with our wood burner yet; we keep it ticking away all day as the evenings are still a little fresh.  Our central heating, run by our faithful wood burning cooker has been laid off already. Hopefully there will be no surprises to come!

Now is the time to think about booking your chimney sweep for a spring clean of your flue to leave it free of any tarry deposits and help extend its life.   
  • Clean up your stove after the last fire of the season making sure there is no possibility of having damp ash lingering all summer.   
  • We tend to leave the air inlets open during the hot/humid season.    
  • I also give ours a light covering of stove blacking to bring it back to showroom appearance. Try HOTSPOT, which is available from Amazon. 
  • Check the fireboards, they should give you a good number of years’ service, cracks will appear, but that’s normal and won’t affect performance, but make sure you haven’t been rough when popping in the logs, and that they are still intact. 



For those who would like to buy a new wood burning stove, now is the time to start the process. At this time of year, the lead in time is less and it’s easier to have one fitted in good weather rather than having to dodge rain or snow showers in November or December.  It’s very difficult to think of next winter, but it will be here before we know it.



Spring Deal 


A great deal was published in an article in Alison Cork’s Bargain Hunter column in the
Daily Telegraph on Saturday 26th March offering 10% off the entire range of
stoves until the end April.  
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/interiors/alison-cork/bargain-hunter-latest-deals-on-home-furnishings/   (Scan down the web page).   

Those who respond to the offer will be provided with a voucher from Woodwarm which can be redeemed.  To claim the 10% voucher call Woodwarm on (0044) 01884 35806 or email them on sales@woodwarmstoves.co.uk quoting woodwarm10 to receive your voucher and then contact us.


WHY BUY A WOODBURNING STOVE AND WHY WOODWARM?


Many people making enquiries ask the same question, why buy a Wood burning stove and why Woodwarm?

For centuries fireplaces have been the focus of every home, providing light, warmth and entertainment that our forefathers worshipped in yore. Fires dispel the gloom of cold damp winter afternoons and bring warmth and cheer to the heart of the home.

An open fire has historically been associated with a warm chimney and, on testing, it can often be shown that 90% of the heat from the fire can be lost to the chimney and the outside air. Woodwarm stoves are safe, single self-contained units which eliminate the waste and put the heat back to the room where it belongs.

All Woodwarm stoves feature an excellent air wash system. After circulating the stove, pre heated air flushes down over the double glazed door keeping the glass perfectly clean at all times, even at low temperatures. Superior clean burn efficiency means that not only is more heat achieved on less fuel, but combustion products in the flue are also reduced, causing fewer flue problems. Reduction in pollution combined with more efficiency creates a really environmentally friendly device.

Woodwarm Stoves... if you have one, you will probably buy another one. (As have 2 of our first ever customers at Woodwarm Stoves France this Spring) If you don't have one, here is why we think you should!

Woodwarm have dedicated over 30 years of production to their customers. They pride themselves on the ability to respond to both customer needs and government legislations while using cutting edge technology to ensure reliability and workmanship throughout.   They have therefore become a market leader in Clean Burning Wood and Multi Fuel heating.
 
Why Woodwarm? They are not the cheapest fire this they are the first to admit, they cannot compete with the mass-produced Chinese market, and so because of this they won’t. Some of their fires are still in use some 30 years on, what else do you have that's still working well at 30 years old? They know how to keep the glass clean, they know how to get the maximum use from your fuel, they are unrivalled in boiler, canopy, fuel, colour, leg, handles, plinth and pedestal options hand made in the UK. You will buy a house for comfort and as an investment, your choice in a stove should be the same.    



Here at Woodwarm Stoves France we can supply these wonderful stoves throughout France and install them within a radius of 2 hours travelling from our base north of Carcassonne. We do however have a small network of installers in other regions and have recently joined forces with Stove Studio in Normandy to offer reciprocal installation services in each other’s 2-hour radius of work.  If you want a Woodwarm Stove, then we will try to help you find an installer if we cannot do the work.    

We are here to offer advice to anyone thinking of installing a wood burning stove, its free and unpressurised.  

Give us a call on 04 68 47 05 44 or 06 04 14 57 51 or email on stoves@woodwarmstovesfrance.com




Some of the Woodwarm stoves installed over the last month.



Foxfire

Fireview 6KW Flat Top straight sides 

Fireblaze with integral log store 



                                                                                                             

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Winter 2016 Newsletter



Winter 2016 Newsletter

Happy New Year to you all from Steve and Tina.

The fantastic little Foxfire

The mild Christmas was certainly a nice surprise; heating bills are down in our house as a result of the ‘warm’ weather over the last few months.  However, the rain has arrived and although the temperatures are not that low, the damp makes it feel colder.    I feel nonetheless that the proper winter will hit us sooner or later.  

 How many people can remember the February of 2012?  We had 2 weeks of -20 degrees.   A lot of homes had burst pipes, burst radiators, cracked toilets (yuck) and basins.  Granted many of these were holiday homes where people had gone off without draining their systems or leaving a radiator on if they could.   The best advice is that if you are regularly away from home during the winter, drain your system down, put salt in your loos and if possibly leave an electric radiator on with a frost stat setting.   If you have central heating with water filled radiators, arrange with your local heating engineer to put anti freeze in the system.   Don’t get caught out it’s an expensive business if you do.


Our autumn season was good in another way, we have had enquires from all over France and have been selling Woodwarm stoves like mad to all nationalities.  Their reputation is growing at a fast pace here and many of our enquiries are through recommendations; some of our customers have become our unofficial ambassadors.   You know who you are:  For which we say a big thank you.

We are pleased to say that everyone who wanted a Woodwarm installed for Christmas has been satisfied whether Steve or one of  our associate installers have done the work. Big thank you to Martin Ball from the Poitiers region, (contact: martinball318@gmail.com)  Neil  Hutchinson from the Eymoutiers area and Andrew Brunsden from the Charente.   

We are always looking out for even more Heating Engineers to become associated with us, particularly in the Northern Dordogne, Brittany and Eastern France.    As we live in the Carcassonne area, Steve cannot do all the installations in France, so his area is normally limited to a maximum 1.5 hours journey time.  He will however, install further afield where there is more than 1 customer in that area who can be served at the same time.  He is always willing to help where there is a ‘supply’ only, by talking to the customer or to the installer (French or English).  

The waiting list for a stove is now down to about 3-4 weeks from order, so you are not too late to get a stove in for the worst part of winter.   

Our prices range from just under £1000 for the smaller stoves to around £2000 for the monster 20KW’s (dependant on the top you want – it’s just under the £2000 for a flat top 20KW) We can also supply double sided and double depth stoves.  The 6/12KW being the standard, but we can price up for a larger model.  All the stoves are hand finished to order, and can be supplied with different tops and sides and also different colours and there is a brass option for the handles and catches.    

These stoves are an investment, but a quality investment that will last you for years and years.   There is a 10 year guarantee with each one supplied.  Ours is now into its 10th winter and going strong.   Steve visited a customer in the summer who had been using his Fireview for 15 years…all that was wrong was that the door rope needed replacing and 1 fire-board.  Our stove is a 9KW Fireview exactly as you see on the link below, which is a Youtube demonstration of their controllability.

This brings me to spare parts.

We carry fireboards in stock, not needed very often, but  here when you need one or more.   We also carry carbon monoxide detectors, smoke detectors, moisture testers, and chimney and stove body thermometers.  Contact us for prices and postage.


NORMAL ADVICE AS ALWAYS
Burn wood that is less than 18% moisture.  That’s for any stove not just ours.   If you don’t then you will end up with gooey tar clogging your chimney and stove, not good for performance and can be dangerous and at the very least a devil for your ramoneur to clean. 
Smoke detectors are obligatory in France.  Carbon Monoxide detectors are highly recommended for obvious reasons,.
 We are always willing to chat and help with any decisions about buying a wood burning stove, even if at the end your decision is to go with another manufacturer.    We are at the end of a phone or you can email us, our contact details are on the website - click at the top of the page.    


Straight sided 9KW Profiled Flat Top Fireview with plinth
Monster 20KW Fireview in a Forest Green Colour  with standard flat top and the full monty of a boiler system.  Installed just before Christmas 2015 by Martin Ball, Heating Engineer based near Poitiers - doggies supplied by Cathe Bower! Cathe's link    http://www.propertysalesinfrance.com/

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Early Autumn Newsletter




Well I hope that the Indian Summer is not over for us with the arrival of overnight temperatures of 1 or 2 degrees.    Steve is away at the moment doing some installations so I took advantage of this and lit our Fireview and settled down to catch up with Downton Abbey.  Yes for us it is a little early for lighting up but it was so nice and cosy.

We have had a busy 2 months with so many stove orders that we had to do quite a few of the deliveries ourselves across France.  




Orders are still coming in for winter.  The factory in Devon is flat out, but they are really good to us and are kindly making sure that our stoves are being finished on time or even ahead of schedule.  That said, if you are thinking of a stove for this winter, please get in touch before the real cold weather kicks in.    

Just to remind you of what to look for in a stove.  

If you are looking for a wood burning stove only,  it should have an air control that brings in air from above.  WOOD BURNS FROM THE TOP NOT THE BOTTOM.   If you’ve got a really old stove you might find that the air inlet is at the bottom and you will spend half the evenings in from of the fire poking around the logs to get enough air to keep it going.   
If you are looking for a multi-fuel stove then look for one that has both, an air inlet at the bottom and one at the top.   Solid fuel such as coal,  burns from underneath.    A multi fuel  stove will give you the opportunity to use either wood or solid fuel.  The bottom air inlet should be completely closable to enable wood burning. 

We supply both types.   Our best-selling Fireview model is a dual version, ranging in output  from 5 KW to a whooping great 20KW.   They can also be supplied with a variety of boilers to suit your central heating or hot water systems.  We can supply bigger stoves to order, but  your space would have to be huge as these can deliver so much heat!    We also do double sided stoves in single and double depths.  The 6KW double side single or double depth is a standard production; bigger outputs can be made up to order. 


The standard Fireview Flat Top 9KW Multifuel with Plinth.   
Cost of stove is £ 1,383.60 and plinth £150


The Wildwood Range, is purely for wood, also in the same sizes, with or without boilers, and in double sides if wanted. 


 Keeping warm with a Wildwood 5KW Flat top with a choice of bases = Price £1,056

We do other ranges, the Phoenix range, and the Foxfire, a wonderful little 4KW stove that packs a real punch!   


The wonderful little 4KW Foxfire.  Featurered here with the profiled Flat Top.   
Price £1,102,80 


All the stoves have an air-wash system meaning no more cleaning of screens – they do work believe me.   They also will burn overnight really easily.   Last night I let my stove go out, but I know that when I want I can keep it in 24/7, no dirty screens, no re-lighting and additionally…not much in the ash clearance thanks to the burning technology adopted by Woodwarm. 

  
CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS, MOISTURE DETECTORS AND STOVE PIPE AND BODY THERMOMETERS 

One thing I need to remind you of is that if you have a wood burning stove you should by now have a carbon monoxide detector fitted, at least in the room where your stove is installed.  Ideally there should be one at every level of the house.  We hold a small stock of detectors should you have difficulty finding them.   They are priced at 10€ plus post.     
We also carry moisture testers* for your wood supply, priced at 15€ plus post, and finally we have stove pipe and stove body thermometers.   Priced at 10€ and 18€ respectively plus postage.  

I’m happy to put a package together for you to combine postage. 
 
*Wood should be ideally at less than 18% moisture or tar deposits may build up in your chimney. (Think of your chimney sweeping bill – and it can be dangerous as well as mucky in an open fire) 


If you need any help with choosing a stove, Steve has 35 years experience in the heating trade, fully insured and registered in France.  We can supply all over France and install within a reasonable distance of our base.   We have a small network of associate installers to help fill the gaps.   

Have a look at our on-line brochure on the main part of our website but feel free to contact us for any more information or free and friendly advice.


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September is here……









Now is definitely the time to think about the heat in your homes for winter.   I know, I know, we hate to think about it, particularly after such a good summer, but the cold weather will here before we know it and the rush will be on to get warm.   Unfortunately it’s a fact that many people don’t think about their heating until the temperatures drop and as a result the wait for stoves and installations is longer. 


For this newsletter I wanted to remind you that time is marching on, but also I wanted to give you some help on what to look for when deciding on a stove. 

I hear you asking, what’s the difference in all these stoves that are available?    Why shouldn’t we buy one from the local DIY store rather than a specialist?   Importantly, how long are the stoves guaranteed for?   


The main differences

Well, depending on the manufacturer, most quality stoves, including Woodwarm Stoves, are really well designed. Nowadays it’s not just a cast iron box with a door on the front.   They are well engineered to provide controllable heat, airwash systems that work, and are very efficient.  Some of our stoves are 84% efficient and suitable for smokeless zones.  The cheaper end of the market will certainly not be as well designed and engineered, nor will be as controllable, or have a specific air wash system.


This sophisticated air inlet system in a Woodwarm also provides a proper air wash that blows pre-heated air down the screen every time you use the stove, meaning you don’t have to clean soot from the door every day.  Also they burn so effectively that they produce little ash, meaning you are not constantly running outside with ash pans.   


DIY Store bought stoves v. Quality Stoves
Some of the stoves you see in DIY shops don’t have upper air inlets, or a solid grate making them neither a wood burner nor multi-fuel model.  Very few of them will stay in overnight and as soon as you build up an ash bed you have to poke at it to allow combustion air in, resulting in high-firing one minute and it dying away the next, which equals a lot of effort.   Just having open vents at the top of the stove or the door doesn’t make an air-wash system.


A well designed and engineered stove will also consume less wood because due to their precise control to enable a constant dancing burn that doesn’t eat up the fuel.  Woodwarm stoves are so controllable that you can run them throughout the day and night if you wish.

Yes of course you can buy from wherever you like, but consider the options first.  Do you want a stove to stay in day in day out?   Do you want to be constantly poking at the fire in the firebox to get enough air into it to keep it going?   Do you want to burn tons of wood?


The guarantees


Fact:      Many of the DIY store purchased stoves are only guaranteed for 1 year.  


Fact:      Many of the British manufactured stoves are only guaranteed for 3-5 years.


Fact:      Woodwarm Stoves are guaranteed for a full 10 years.  


Make sure before you buy a stove that it does have a good long guarantee.  


More Information

If you want more information about our stoves then get in touch, we are pleased to give free no-obligation advice.    We supply stoves all over France and an installation service.  Steve will install within a reasonable radius of our base, and we now have associate installers based in the Charente (16) and the Haute Vienne (87) to the west of Limoges and very soon one also based in Haute Vienne but to the East of Limoges.   I’ll introduce them to you in the next Newsletter.  

 
Finally don’t forget….


  • To install your CO2 detectors or your smoke detectors for your safety or 
  •  To buy a wood moisture tester to make sure you are burning dry wood… 18% moisture or less to prevent soot and goo forming in your chimneys/liners…and again for your safety.
  • Stove pipe thermometers are also a good idea to keep your fire burning at the optimum temperatures.


 To contact us follow the link back to the website where you will find our details. But here they are:  
04 68 47 05 44 / 06 04 14 51 57