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Updating your hearth – the traditional way!

Many owners of period or traditional houses appreciate the appeal of a beautiful fireplace. A magnificent mantelpiece surrounding an old-fashioned grate with logs crackling and conjuring a dance of flames – it’s a scene to come home to on a cold day that delights and reassures in equal measure.

Only, there are downsides to such a pleasing spectacle, and they aren’t immediately noticeable. For a start the logs are not being burnt cleanly or efficiently and are throwing unwanted pollutants into the atmosphere. What is more, burning your fuel this way is allowing a lot of the heat generated to disappear up the chimney and is therefore wasting you money.

What if there was a way to overcome these problems while maintaining all the pleasing ambience of your fireplace? What if you could burn your fuel cleanly and cheaply while still making the most of this delightful focal point in the room? Well, you can… simply by installing a modern stove or fire with traditional styling to replace the grate.

Instead of casting out a small percentage of heat into the room like an old-fashioned open fire, a stove diffuses warmth far more efficiently – so less fuel is needed to heat a particular space. Many of us spend the majority of our waking hours in our homes in one or two rooms, and a stove can provide all the zonal heating we need for those areas. A modern gas or electric fire can also achieve a similar feat in a fast, clean and convenient way.

You may want your new heating appliance to provide warmth and hot water elsewhere in your house. If so, then an integrated boiler stove would be the best choice. An example system would have a boiler “jacket” fitted invisibly to the stove. Cool water would flow into the jacket, absorb the heat from the stove and then be directed out to provide for a domestic hot water supply or power a number of radiators.

You also have to consider which fuel you want to use. Each fuel for a stove or fire has its benefits. Wood is cheap and virtually carbon neutral if it is sourced locally and then burnt cleanly in a contemporary stove or inset fire; multi-fuel appliances give you the advantage of a range of solid fuels; gas is plentiful, clean and, despite the well-reported price hikes, still competitively priced; electricity allows for stoves that are easy to install and versatile.

There are other considerations linked to fuel choice – how important to you is the cost of the fuel, its availability, its convenience to use and its environmental impact? If you like the sound of wood, do you have space to store the fuel? Ideally wood should be kept or “seasoned” for two years and have a moisture content of less than 20% before it is burnt. A covered outdoor area with an airflow over the wood would be the best means of achieving this. If you would like to find out more information on how to identify good firewood, please visit our Stovax.tv website.

And finally, of course, you have to choose a stove or fire that looks right. The huge Yeoman range includes a selection of elegant stoves and fires that would enhance any traditional fireplace setting. Manufactured to exacting standards, the stoves and fires are highly efficient yet have also been created with close attention to style and design. You can download our wood burning and multi-fuel brochure or gas and electric brochure by visiting our brochures website.

So there you have it: switching to a modern stove or fire is a simple step that could do a bit to save the planet and a lot to save you money!

Why not visit your local Yeoman retailer for more information on the Yeoman range.

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