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Article by Sarah Giles | 21st November 2018

Heat Up Your Home In Style This Winter

Whether you choose to fake it with an electric or gas model, or go for the real thing, a wood-burning or multi-fuel stove can turn cold winter evenings into a pleasure rather than something to be endured until it’s spring again. And with so much choice around this year, there’s a model suitable for virtually any room or situation.

Perfectly capable of heating a whole room on their own, a wood-burning stove also makes a good top-up heat source alongside traditional radiators or underfloor heating, giving living rooms and open-plan spaces a cosy glow and almost instant heat, as well as providing a focal point.

The Ashcott model from Mendip Stoves, for example, is one of its most popular designs, with the Ashcott Ivory being its latest launch, alongside a matching log store and a pedestal option if you prefer that look to standard legs. It has a sturdy cast iron door and steel body, and a large ceramic glass window gives a good view of the flames. You’ll get a clean, efficient burn thanks to the milled stainless steel air control lever and although it’s compact enough for smaller spaces, it still delivers a powerful heat output with 4.7kW as well as an A+ energy rating.

For every stove sold, Mendip Stoves will donate £10 to the Woodland Trust, the UK’s leading conservation charity.

Chris Baines, MD of Eurostove Ltd, says: “Eurostove and Mendip Stoves are delighted to be working with the Woodland Trust, helping the charity to plant hundreds of trees. We have a huge commitment to being a sustainable business, which includes encouraging our customers to use wood from sustainable sources to power our stoves. We see the Woodland Trust as being the perfect fit and are delighted that our support will see the planting and protection of trees across the UK.”

Burning issue

Importantly, the Ashcott is Ecodesign Ready. Ecodesign is a European-wide programme that comes into force in the UK in 2022. Lack of maintenance and bad burning practice coupled with poor quality fuel choice leads to visible smoke, which in turn affects the air quality in both homes and in the wider environment.

In an effort to combat these issues, the new European-wide law aims to lower emissions and improve air quality, and the Stove Industry Alliance – whose mission is to promote the benefits of stoves, their use and safe installation – launched the SIA Ecodesign Ready Scheme to support UK manufacturers who release stoves that meet the lower emission limits, five years ahead of the legislation.

The Ecodesign scheme is supported by Defra and overseen by HETAS, who will independently verify that stoves pass the required criteria and tests.

The Farringdon from Arada is also Ecodesign Ready. It has the ability to burn at low levels for more than 10 hours and its contemporary design features very good controllability as well as a large fire-viewing glass.

It comes in small, medium and large sizes, and six colours including Spice and Chestnut, both particularly appropriate names at this time of year! It’s pictured here in the Spice colourway, a vibrant, subtly metallic shade that makes a real statement in a room.

Fake flames

If burning fuel isn’t an option in your home, an electric stove is a really good alternative and we love the NEO 3F Electric Stove from ACR Stoves. Its contemporary styling includes two side glass panels, making it particularly useful as a focal point in an open-plan space – and for additional realism, there’s even a flue pipe that can be added to it. It has a very realistic 3D holographic flame projection with four settings: high flame, medium flame, low flame and smouldering embers only, while Flame Projection Technology creates flames in the front, middle and rear of the fuel bed as well. It also has realistic ceramic logs with crystal embers for a natural embers glow. One major advantage of an electric stove like this is that you can programme it to come on at pre-set times over a seven-day period.

Radiating warmth

It’s not only stoves that come with a choice of contemporary or traditional styling – there’s a wealth of choice when it comes to radiators too. Combining modern aesthetics with practical features, materials such as steel and aluminium give excellent heat efficiency as well as flexible properties that allow for unique, contemporary structures.

With a range of styles to choose from, the Immagina design from The Radiator Company has built-in LED lights with colour changing capabilities, whilst the Halo radiator explores an ultra-modern, industrial design.

And new for autumn/winter 2018, three of their leading cast-iron designs are now available in a choice of 132 iconic Farrow & Ball paint finishes, allowing your radiator to be matched to the walls or woodwork of your home. Will you go for the soft, neutral tones of Elephant’s Breath No.229 or the on-trend, dark hue of Railings No.31?

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