Monthly Archives: July 2011

Guide to Modern Wooden Fire Surrounds

Contemporary wooden fireplace surrounds broadly fall into two categories – updated versions of traditional designs which have a timeless appearance, and designs directly inspired by modern aesthetic movements such as minimalism. Although some modern fireplaces are made from solid wood, wood veneered … Continue reading

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Freestanding Baths – A Buyers Guide

A well-chosen freestanding bath makes a defining design statement, setting the style of your bathroom. It’s important to be practical though, so we have come up with this handy buyers guide to help you make the right choice. Check Before You Buy … Continue reading

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UK Fuel Poverty on the Increase

Every time fuel prices go up, I find myself talking to an increasing number of customers looking for cheaper ways to heat their homes than gas, oil or electricity. While we discuss the practicalities of wood-fired heating rather than the … Continue reading

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Cast Iron Fireplace Inserts Through the Victorian Era

The Victorian era spanned over 60 years, and saw its fair share of design trends during this time. The popularity of cast iron fireplace inserts was a constant throughout this period, unmatched in their versatility and practicality. This post explains … Continue reading

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Types of Gas Stove – a Buyers Guide

Gas stoves can be a great heating choice for people who want the appearance and ambience of a woodburner, but find that gas is the most practical type of fuel for them to use. This post is a quick overview … Continue reading

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Firefox Multifuel Stove Featured in Ideal Home

The July issue of Ideal Home magazine (p.28-35) features the Bedfordshire cottage of Jill Walshe, who has used her experience working in a Derbyshire interiors shop to create a relaxing country-style haven. A Firefox cast iron stove takes pride of … Continue reading

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Choosing the Right Chimney Cowl for a Wood Burning Stove

The correct choice of chimney cowl can make a big difference to the performance of your new wood burning stove, yet this installation accessory is often overlooked. There are too many varieties of chimney cowls and terminals for me to … Continue reading

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