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Your Build - Winter 2017

Phase3 Interior & Exterior Finishing Toptips for Winter 2017 44 Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3 Phase 4 Phase3 heating Stove and fireplace producer Stovax outlines the key considerations for maintaining and getting the most from your stove… Now that the clocks have changed and winter is on its way, it’s important to ensure your solid fuel stove or fire is ready to warm your home during this colder season. Should you be looking to fit a stove, general maintenance, fuel awareness and careful consideration of installation, are all ways you can prepare for the season ahead. Installing your solid fuel appliance A solid fuel stove brings that fireside ambience so many of us are looking for the warm glow of living flames and an instant feeling of togetherness with family and friends. Along with this, a solid fuel stove makes a spectacular focal point in almost any living space, while keeping you cosy during the winter chill. Although the installation process can be straightforward and may be completed by those with the relevant skills, it is essential to have the installation signed off by a HETAS registered installer, or your building control officer. Annabelle Carvell, communications executive of the Stovax Heating Group told Your Build: “Safety standards when installing a stove or fire are paramount, and a HETAS professional will need to ensure that all Building Regulations are met without risks. It’s best if your local retailer organises a HETAS registered installer to carry out the entire installation.” Using an accredited HETAS installer means that your installation complies with the requirements of the Building Regulations, and will also be recorded on the HETAS database. Something else worth noting is that many manufacturers offer warranties that are dependent on the appliance complying with Building Regulations, and with a certificate of installation from a HETAS trained installer. Chimney and stove maintenance Chimneys need to have a clear passageway for the combustion gases to exit your home. Your chimney should have been assessed when your stove was first installed, but it is important to continue to make appropriate checks before you use it again this winter. As your solid fuel stove may not have been used since last season, it is important to make sure that your chimney is swept to ensure it is free from any obstructions, such as birds’ nests. If you are burning wood, your chimney will need sweeping at least twice a year; this can be reduced to once a year if you are using a multifuel stove to burn fuels other than wood. It is also important to have your stove serviced regularly by a HETAS installer to ensure you see the best performance from your appliance. If you have any kind of wood burning or multifuel appliance in your home, it is essential that you have both a smoke alarm and a carbon monoxide alarm. Dave Saunders, technical standards manager at Stovax told Your Build that “these alarms should be checked and tested regularly to ensure they are working correctly, to ensure the safe burning of solid fuel.” Keeping your stove clean is also good practice and ensures optimum efficiency. One of the first things to do is clean the inside of the firebox thoroughly when the stove is completely cool. All of the excess ash needs to be removed, and using a soft brush, the firebricks need to be cleaned and checked. your home with a stove For a beautifully clear view of the flames, your stove’s glass viewing window should be cleaned thoroughly with an appropriate glass cleaner. It’s important to choose the correct glass cleaning product, as printed glass will need to be cleaned with a different product than that used for plain door glass. Make sure the stove is dry from any cleaning product before you enjoy the roar of the fire. Burning the right fuel Bolstering aesthetics, wood as a fuel is widely appreciated to be an eco-friendly option. Wood combustion releases approximately the same amount of carbon dioxide as was absorbed by a tree during its growth, making it a virtually carbon neutral fuel – plus it is also a renewable energy. Your solid fuel stove is indeed designed to burn


Your Build - Winter 2017
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