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What does EcoDesign mean?

If you have been looking at getting a wood burning stove this year, then you may have heard the term ‘EcoDesign ready’ being used as well as a lot of media coverage on the environmental impact of wood burning stoves. These issues, however, have raised quite a few questions. What does EcoDesign actually mean? Do you need an EcoDesign wood burning stove and why should you consider buying one?

Well, here at Glowing Embers, we thought we’d guide you through everything you need to know about EcoDesign wood burning stoves, their benefits and the implications for stoves of in the future.

The Government and EcoDesign

With recent Government legislation aimed at improving air quality and creating a benchmark of environmental standards for wood burning stoves, it is important to know what is changing.

The Government have already made some moves towards making Britain’s air cleaner, including talks about clean air zones and introducing a ban on the sale of wood burning stoves that don’t meet environmental standards. Furthermore, a specific certification has recently been introduced for wood burning stoves, denoting whether they are eco-friendly or not.

These stoves have been checked by DEFRA (Department of Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs) and awarded an ‘EcoDesign’ certificate. This means they produce less smoke and particle emissions than other woodboring stoves. Part of a European wide programme to lower harmful emissions in the atmosphere, the Government aims to make nearly all wood burning stoves DEFRA approved by 2022.

In the case of smoke control zones, which are currently being talked about by the Government and local authorities, such as Sadihiq Khan’s latest proposals for London’s pollution problem, having an EcoDeign wood burning stove may not only be beneficial but soon necessary.

EcoDesign Wood Burning Stoves

Wood burning stoves that have met the regulations set down by DEFRA differ from conventional stoves in a number of ways. Firstly, EcoDesign wood burning stoves are designed to allow as much air to the fire as possible, ensuring the fire is not ‘starved’ and, hence, smoky. According to the independent researchers SIA, Ecodesign stoves can reduce particle emissions by up to 90% when compared to an open fire and 80% when compared to a traditional stove.

Not only does this design reduce the amount of smoke and harmful particle pollution emitted by the fire, but it also increases its burning efficiency (over 70%) of the fire creating more heat with less fuel, creating less emissions and saving fuel in the process.

Here are a few examples of EcoDesign wood burning stoves you can buy today:

Jydepejsen Senza Steel Stove

Featuring a very modern and sophisticated design, the Jydepejsen Senza Steel Stove is also an incredibly efficient burner with an output of up to 5 kW and a fully DEFRA approved status. The stove comes with options for side glass panels and incorporates Jydepejsen’s own DuplicAir fire control system which allows you to control the primary and secondary air intakes to improve the efficacy and heat production of the fire further.

Aduro Asgard 2

Compact and contemporary, the Aduro Asgard 2 is the perfect EcoDesign wood burning stove for small properties or small spaces in households. Developed alongside the Danish Technological Institute, this wood burning stove has achieved DEFRA certification due to its high efficiency and incredibly low smoke emissions which also make it an ideal wood burner for smokeless zones.

Flavel Arundel Multifuel Stove

The Flavel Arundrel is a brilliant example of an affordable yet incredibly efficient wood burning stove which meets DEFRA’s EcoDesign standards. With an output of 4.9 kW and an efficiency of 78.4%, this wood burning stove is both cost effective and eco-friendly, with its low emissions making it more than suitable for smoke control areas.

Here we have highlighted just a few of the wood burning stoves that are EcoDesign ready and at Glowing Embers we have a wide selection of these eco-friendly stoves to choose from. If you would like to browse our range of DEFRA approved, EcoDesign wood burning stoves then flow the link here. For further information on how to reduce your stove’s emissions and help the environment, DEFRA have put together a useful guide which is full of useful tips for maintaining a wood burning stoves and keeping them eco-friendly:

https://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/assets/documents/reports/cat07/1712041200_171010_open_fires_wood_burning_stoves_FINAL.pdf

 

Creating the Perfect Garden Party

Summer is certainly on its way and as the nights get longer and the days warmer, it’s a perfect excuse to get your friends round and enjoy the weather together. Garden parties are a great way to bring people together, and with the right music, aesthetic as well as good food and drink, you can create a truly magical atmosphere that you and your guests will remember for years to come.

Here we’ll give you some great hints and tips for creating the ideal garden party for this summer with as little stress and hassle as possible. With these few simple ideas and a plan in place you can make sure your guests remain comfortable, well fed and suitably merry!

 

 

The Space and Setting

The most obvious first step to take is to consider where your garden party is going to be. Yes, it’s in the garden (!), but where in the garden? Do you have a patio, a large lawn? Is there a conservatory and enough room for seating and tables?

It’s always a good idea to create a kind of ‘dedicated’ space for the party, even if it’s boundaries are by no means enclosed. This way you can picture the setting more clearly and where things like furniture, lights, heating, etc. will go.

If lots of guests are coming, make sure they have plenty of room to move and mingle, and if only a few are attending, try not to make them fell lost in a large open space far away from drinks and food. Additionally, make sure everything is accessible and visible, you don’t want that table of canapés you spent hours assembling being forgotten about!

 

Once you’ve decided where you’re going to have your party and how big or small it will be, you can begin thinking about the type or party you’re going to have. Is it going to be a sit-down meal or a buffet-style cocktail party? A celebration or just an excuse to socialise and have fun?

Whatever you decide for your party, you need to stick with the theme you choose. This means you can stay focussed on making that party special for everyone. Think about the kind of arrangement you want, whether a large central table for dining or smaller ones for drinks and nibbles. Try and stay committed to the visual theme of the party too. Whilst you don’t want the party to appear bland and boring, sometimes it’s best to stick to mantra less is more when selecting things like decorations and other visual elements.

 

 

Food and Drink

Whilst in theory you can have a party without food or drink, suffice to say, it would not make for a memorable experience. Sharing food and enjoying a cooling drink on a hot summer’s day is the perfect way to get conversation flowing and guests mingling.

As with any other element of the party, getting the food and drink right is all about planning. Decide what you’re doing and a stick with it!

If you are having a barbeque, make sure you test out recipes beforehand, so you know how long they take and whether they work. Have a dedicated barbeque ‘manager’ too. Whether this is yourself or someone else, this means the barbeque can be set up and managed without too many people getting in the way.

Whatever you’re doing for food, pre-preparation will make the whole experience much easier and more enjoyable. Marinate meat in advance and prepare snacks and canapés well before the party. Just keep fresh stuff in the fridge until it needs to be served and it will be all ready to go when the guests arrive. Also keep in mind any dietary requirements for your guests and make something special for them as well; no one wants to make do with a bland salad!

 

When it comes to drinks, it’s best to dedicate an obvious area for them, whether this is just a specific table, or a full bar set up. Offer a drink to guests when they arrive and keep any drinks that need to be cool in ice buckets or, if you have one, a portable fridge. Have plenty of glasses at the ready and a good selection of both alcoholic and soft drinks means no one gets left out and anyone can help themselves as they please.

If you’re going to have cocktails, test them out first and try to keep your choices fresh and concise, you don’t want too many different bottles taking up all the space. Also, if you’re worried about breakages on your patio, try using plastic alternatives for the glasses as there’s plenty of brilliant mock-Champaign flutes, wine and cocktail glasses out there to choose from.

 

 

Atmosphere and Comfort

Creating an atmosphere and ensuring your guests are comfortable are both vital elements for making your party truly something to remember. Following the theme you have chosen, try and make your outdoor space somewhere exciting and interesting, whilst at the same time making it seem natural.

Themed table cloths, crockery and napkins can all go along way towards giving the party an identity. Try not to go overboard in this respect but keep decorations both vibrant and natural. If a significant part of the party is going to be during the day, also think about shade for your guests. Parasols should be enough to keep your guests comfortable but, if you really want to go to town, you can invest in a gazebo if you want.

 

Table centre pieces such as wild flowers in jars and/or candles can help bring atmosphere to their surroundings, and fairy lights amongst any foliage or nearby trees make the setting an incredibly magic place to be in the evening. Lanterns can also lend natural light to the party when the sun begins to go down and it’s always good to keep in mind some form of heating when it starts to get a bit chilly. Firepits and outdoor heaters are a great way to keep your guests warm, and, with nearly a 50% increase in the number of people searching for garden heaters last month, they are certainly proving to be a popular garden feature this year.

Another key element is music. Depending on the theme of the party, make a playlist in advance to match the mood and you may want to invest in some portable speakers which you can dot around the perimeter of the main party space. Remember though, don’t have the music too loud; people want to be able to hear each other!

 

 

Relax and Have Fun!

Once you have everything for your party sorted out beforehand, the most important thing to do is to enjoy yourself! Stress and tension will not only spoil the party for you, but can make your guests feel awkward too.

Remember, it’s your party too and there’s no reason why you can’t be yourself and have fun. As long as you’ve done everything in advance, you can kick back, relax and enjoy the summer sunshine, safe in the knowledge you’ve created a garden party your friends and family will remember forever.

 

Black Friday Deals at Glowing Embers

PRESS RELEASE

Another Black Friday bonanza on the horizon for Glowing Embers

Following a successful Black Friday in 2016, online retailer Glowing Embers will be offering several substantial price promotions during week commencing 20th November leading up to Black Friday, the 24th November. Our offers will include some of our most popular stoves, with discounts available to both trade customers and the general public.

Here’s a list to give you a little flavour of what to expect leading up to (and including) Black Friday 2017:

• All ex-display stoves and ex-stock stoves will be on sale at discounted prices
• Huge La hacienda stock clearance
• Woolly Mammoth Stoves and mammoth discounts
• Alpine Stoves
• Henley Stoves various models at various discount including huge ex-display savings
• Panadero Stoves
• OER Stoves
• Kratki
• Broseley
• Villager Stoves
• Aarrow Stoves
• Glass and Granite Hearths
• Woolly Mammoth Fire Baskets, fit pits and chimeneas
• Be Modern Fire Surrounds
• SFL products at10% off RRP
• All stock clearance stoves and other warehouse items

We will also have a range of stove accessories available to buy, making them perfect Christmas presents for friends and family including:

• Hot potato bakers
• Woolly Mammoth chimeneas, fire pits and fire baskets

Are Wood Burning Stoves eco-friendly?

In the 21st Century, protecting the environment has become a major issue which has become increasingly hard to ignore. The need to find renewable energy sources and sustainable ways of living have never been more important to the everyday individual and, when it comes to heating, this concern is no different.

There are currently over 1.5 million households in the UK with a wood burning stove and nearly 200,000 stoves are sold annually. Over the last few decades this large proportion of wood burning stoves has caused some concerns amongst Government institutions, local councils and environmentalists alike.

As recently as September 2017, Sadhiq Khan proposed a ban on wood burning stoves in certain areas of London at certain times of year. Thought to be introduced by 2025, this ban was prompted by fears that particles produced in smoke and other emissions may lead to lung cancer, heart conditions and even death. As part of the Sadihiq Khan’s plan, homeowners that do not conform to these ‘smoke-free’ zones could be fined up to £1000 and all but the most eco-friendly, low-emissions stoves (EcoDesign Ready) would be prohibited from being sold after 2022.

Although there has yet to be an approval of the London Mayor’s plans from the Government, support for his proposals from the Green Party and Client Earth couple together with the ever present threat of air pollution and global warming means that something does have to be done to cut the emissions of wood burning stoves.

With the creation of smoke free zones in most large UK cities and this recent proposal by the Mayor of London, it would at first appear that burning wood is one of the least sustainable or ‘eco-friendly’ means of heating your home. However, in reality the truth is quite different and you may be quite surprised at how ecological they actually are and what you can do to help them produce less harmful emissions.

 

Logs vs Fossil Fuels

The first key element which makes log burning stoves far more eco-friendly than gas or electric heaters, is the fuel itself. Wood is a carbon-neutral fuel which means it does not produce more carbon dioxide (CO2) than is already present in the carbon cycle. Any CO2 that is produced by burning wood is simply reabsorbed by plants and trees and converted back into oxygen or stored as CO2 in the plant.

Fossil fuels, on the other hand, produce far more CO2 when burned and increase the amount presently current within the carbon cycle, the condensed carbon having been locked inside them for millions of years and being released into the atmosphere. Therefore fossil fuels are not carbon neutral and can harm the environment in a way burning wood could never match.  Furthermore, most coal and other fossil fuels also have to be imported, only adding further to their carbon footprint. By choosing to burn wood you are already helping the environment.

Aside from being carbon neutral, the kinds of emissions given off by burning wood are far less harmful than those given off by fossil fuels. What we commonly call air pollution is made up of several particles and gases, the most harmful being CO2, NOx and PM2.5. In terms of climate change and damage to peoples’ health, it is CO2 and NOx which are the key dangers and need a reduction in their production and unsurprisingly it is the burning of fossil fuels which contribute to this the most. Gas and cars are the biggest producers of these dangerous gases, with 38% of central London’s emissions being produced by gas heaters alone.

When compared to gas and electricity equivalents, which produce 0.198 kg and 0.517 kg of CO2 per kWh respectively, modern wood burning stoves only produce 0.008 kg, clearly demonstrating the environmental benefits of switching to a stove. Not only do they produce less CO2 than fossil fuels, they also produce so much heat that you can quite easily heat a room and the rooms around the stove with the log burner alone, with no need to use up fossil fuels heating up your central heating system. This means that you are not only saving the planet but also saving a lot of money on your heating bills.

 

Of course some multi-fuel stoves can burn fossil fuels, in the form of coal, however this has become an increasingly unpopular means of running stoves as coal not only produces more CO2 than wood but also a lot more smoke, something that has become a major issue in many urban areas. Smokeless coals have been developed and these do indeed reduce the amount of smoke released during combustion. However, when compared to burning wood, even smokeless coal falls short in terms of efficiency and sustainability.

It can also be argued that, whilst more sustainable and eco-friendly than fossil fuels, burning wood can still harmful to the environment due to the amount of particle matter (PM2.5) they produce. However, the key issue, and particular in the example of London above, is that it is not necessarily log burning stoves which are contributing to air pollution the UK to a serious degree. 70% of wood burnt in the city is used for open fires which produce far more emissions than their stove counterparts and are far less efficient. In contrast, most EcoDesign Ready stoves can reduce emissions by up to 90% when compared to open fires and make the most out of the fuel they burn. Furthermore, levels of PM2.5 are increasingly being cut by these modern stoves, with many of the factors contributing to their EcoDesign Ready status originating in their ability to reduce particle matter production, and hence air pollution.

 

Seasoned Wood and Briquettes

Yet burning any old wood is not necessarily the most ecological way of fuelling a wood burning stove. To make the most out of your stove and ensure you are causing as little of an impact on the environment as possible, it is important to understand the type of wood you should be burning and even more eco-friendly alternatives.

The type of wood you should burn on a wood burning stove should be dry and seasoned. This means that the fire does not have to work hard to combust the material given to it and, hence produces less smoke. In terms of efficiency this means that your stove will heat up quicker and produce far more heat than damp or unseasoned wood.

The most efficient and environmentally friendly humidity for logs is under 20% whilst newly cut logs can be as high as 60%. To counter act this, leave new logs in a dry place with plenty of air circulation for over a year and, if you want to improve this further you can buy kiln dried logs which have a moisture content of around 18%.

An even better alternative to seasoned wood is the use of briquettes to fuel your stove. These compact pieces of fuel are made up of pieces of old waste wood, harvested from broken furniture and other disposable wood sources.

By their very nature briquettes have the qualities of dry and seasoned wood however they are much more efficient and cost effective. Briquettes produce roughly 50% more heat for each pound spent on them when compared to logs and can last up to four hours. This is helped by the fact that most briquettes have a moisture content of below 10%, furthering their burning capabilities and ensuring they produce the most heat they can for the least amount of smoke and CO2. Furthermore, because of their incredible efficiency and heat production, the use of briquettes instead of logs could save you up to £150 a year when purchasing fuel for your log burner.

 

 

Eco-stoves and EcoDesign Ready

Whilst burning wood rather than coal, and using a stove over traditional central heating systems can be more efficient and ecological for your home, there are even more eco-friendly alternatives to the conventional wood burning stove.

In the last decade the development of the ‘eco-stove’ has been a major breakthrough in ensuring stoves can be as environmentally friendly as they can be.

Certified by DEFRA (Department of Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs) in meeting Government standards on air pollution, these stoves differ to their predecessors as they try to prevent the fire from being starved of air as much as possible. Via secondary and tertiary air in-takes, these stoves ensure air gets to the fire, and hence, ensures that it gets the oxygen it needs to burn at maximum efficiency. Not only does this mean that the fuel inside the stove produces the most heat it can, but also it reduces the amount of smoke produced by the fuel as a result if this efficient combustion.

Eco-stoves always burn at over 70% efficiency and help keep your chimney clean due to their lack of smoke output. Compared to open fires, which have a minimum efficiency of 40%, it is clear to see the immense difference this can have in heating your home. Their minimal smoke production is also a huge benefit as this does not only help the environment but also allows air to flow down in to the fire, feeding it and increasing efficiency even further. Not only will these factors help you keep air pollution down and smoke levels low in urban environments, but they will also save you a lot of money on your heating bills and chimney sweeping.

 

In the coming years, older forms of wood burning stove are expected to be phased out and re-placed by these eco-stoves. Tests by the SIA (Stove Industry Alliance) found that eco-stoves reduced particulate emissions by between 80-84% when compared to older models and the independent standards body for heating appliances, HETAS, is heading a campaign to make sure all wood-burners can be as efficient as possible.

These new eco-stoves are at the heart of the SIA initiative to limit the amount of emissions produced by wood burning stoves. This initiative aims to give an EcoDesign Ready label to most modern Eco-stoves, a label which verifies the low-emission status of the stove in line with requirements outlined in Regulation (EU) 2015/1185 24/5/2015 regarding EcoDesign solid fuel heaters. In partnership with HETAS, the SIA aims to lower emissions further on EcoDesign Ready stoves and meet the ever more stringent guidelines imposed upon them before 2022.

With rising concerns over the impact of fossil fuels on the planet’s atmosphere and the increasing problem of CO2 and smoke levels in cities, eco-stoves look set to be the most efficient and eco-friendly alternative the standard wood burning stove. In the future, only stoves with the EcoDesign Ready label will be able to meet the demands placed on lower-emissions and smoke production and, due their incredible efficiency, these stoves, if fuelled correctly, may prove to be more ecological than your central heating.

As Seen On TV

 

Glowing Embers on George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces June 2014

 

We are delighted to have been selected by the Wotherspoon family of Bolton to contribute our expertise and market leading products for a truly unique project set to star in an episode of the popular Channel 4 TV show George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces.

Amazing Spaces

Inspired by the houses of the Shire in the Lord Of The Rings, the family have recreated their vision of a warren at the bottom of their garden. This unique space features an insulating grass roof, hidden tunnels, standing height for adults and to complete this cosy hideaway, a traditional wood burning stove.

Considering the requirements of the family and the unique needs of this bespoke living space, the stove selected was the hugely popular Alpine Rosa 5kw stove. The traditional styling and dimensions of the cast iron Rosa makes it ideal to compliment this extraordinary space and as seen on TV, looks at home in this wonderful warren.


Glowing Embers in The Sunday Times May 2014

Sunday Times

Interest in the Wotherspoon’s project has reached far and wide, featuring in at least two major newspapers with The Sunday Times leading with the story on the front cover of their ‘Home’ supplement plus a detailed article within the magazine.

HOME

HOME Article

With photographs of their new Hobbit hideaway featuring our Rosa stove looking at home, we were delighted to have been hand selected by the family to help on this wonderful and exciting passion project. The family’s kind letter of thanks is testament to this and we wish them many a happy family experience in their truly amazing space!

Rosa Warren Letter


Glowing Embers in The Daily Mail June 2014

Daily Mail

The Daily Mail also featured a page spread covering the Wotherspoon family’s garden transformation for an article published 5th June 2014. Leading with the headline ‘Playtime In Middle Earth!’, the article is accompanied by wonderful photographs of the cosy environment in the warren centered around our traditional Rosa multi-fuel stove.

 


Glowing Embers on Sarah Beeney’s Double Your House for Half the Money on Channel 4 October 2013

We are pleased to be featured on Sarah Beeney’s Double Your House for Half the Money home improvement show.  Glowing Embers were contacted to provide our expertise on a complete re-build project in West Sussex by couple Sarah and Jason resulting in a beautiful stove being installed to finish the feel of their cosy cottage.

Jason and Sarah
Eiger on Double Your House for Half the Money
Sarah and Jason with Sarah Beeney Before the Project
Their stove installed by Glowing Embers (shot from Channel 4)

The stove that was selected for the cottage was the popular Eiger 8kw stove from the Alpine Collection and it looks great in situ, as the shot from the program above shows.