At Nene Valley Firewood we are constantly striving to provide our customers with new and high quality products to enhance their firewood experiences. We have got a range of new firewood products available to assist with a more pleasant, safer and efficient log burning experience, just in time for the winter months. We are going to delve into a few of these new Firewood Accessories in more detail and explain the benefits of purchasing these items:
Carbon Monoxide Alarm
A carbon monoxide alarm is one of the most important investments to make. Having a carbon monoxide alarm is a must when you have a wood burning stove in your home.
What is carbon monoxide? Carbon monoxide (CO) is a poisonous, odourless and tasteless gas that reduces the amount of oxygen carried around the body, and causes death. It is the result of incomplete oxidation of carbon in combustion.
What can carbon monoxide do to you? CO is 200 to 300 times more likely to bind to Haemoglobin than Oxygen. Haemoglobin is a protein found in red blood cells that transports O2 around the body. When CO irreversibly binds to haemoglobin, it reduces the capacity of haemoglobin to transport O2 around the body. If a lot of CO is taken into the bodies respiratory system, the lack of O2 in the body causes dizziness, fatigue, a headache, weakness, vomiting and many other serious symptoms, if CO completely saturates the haemoglobin, it means no O2 is circulating the body, causing death.
What does a carbon monoxide alarm do? A carbon monoxide alarm detects an unusual build up of CO in your home and alerts you when this happens by using an alarm sound. The presence of CO in the atmosphere indicates that your wood burner is not burning correctly and incomplete combustion is occurring.
What to do when your carbon monoxide alarms sounds? If your CO alarm alerts you about unusual levels of CO in your home, then you should take the necessary steps listed below to ensure you are safe:
Stop using the faulty appliance
Let as much air into the home as possible, by opening windows and doors
Go outside and get as much fresh air as possible
Seek medical advice and do not enter the building until you have got professional advice.
The Ultra Air Ecofan is a must for every wood burning stove. These fans, don’t cost anything to run, but improve efficiency, reduce fuel usage and reduce overall heating costs. Explained below are the benefits of using an Ecofan:
Improve heat distribution: Instead of hot air rising above the stove and to the ceiling, using an Ecofan promotes the hot air generated by the stove to be circulated out into the living area, reducing hot and cold spots in the space.
Increases efficiency: With the distribution of heat being moved away from the stove, efficiency of the log burner is increased, leading to a more comfortable living space.
Fuel savings: It is proven in a collaborative testing study with a leading Canadian University, that using an Ecofan can result in your wood burner saving up to 18% in fuel and emissions.
‘No Fuss’ operation: The Ecofan is extremely easy to install on any wood burner, it involves placing the fan on top of the wood burner, and allowing it to start working when the wood burner gets to the right temperature.
Unique blade design: The design of the blade on the UltrAir EcoFan is specially designed to deliver a broad cross section of gentle air, avoiding uncomfortable drafts. The design of this fan also allows the fan to move more air at a wider range of stove temperatures.
Costs nothing to operate: On top of all these benefits the fan costs nothing to operate, as it harnesses the heat generated from the stove to generate their power.
A stovepipe thermometer is a small investment that ensures your wood burner is burning at its optimum temperature and at its most efficient. When your stove is burning in an efficient operating range, the burn time of wood is lengthened, ensuring that you stove is not excessively burning wood. This thermometer also ensures a safer living environment; a stove not burning at the correct temperature/an under-fired stove, forms hazardous creosote and tar, discussed in the previous blog. The thermometer has a handy, easy to use dial, informing you on whether your burner is at its optimum operation or not, see below the listed temperatures:
Less than 110 ºC = burner too cool. Incomplete combustion taking place, forming smoke, soot and creosote.
110ºCto 250ºC = optimum operation. Efficient and effective burning take place, good combustion.
Higher than 250ºC = burner too hot.Hazardous burning in operation, wasting energy, costing you more money in firewood and could be a potential safety hazard.
All these fireside accessories enhance the experience of burning firewood and guarantee an aesthetically pleasing space, along with ensuring your home is a safer place to live and improving your environmental footprint. Take a look at our new Fireside Accessories, included are all the above products, but also some other fireside essentials.
Our new log basket set are an ideal way to enhance your fireplace aesthetic and are a neat and tidy way to store logs, kindling, and firelighters. The convenient set of three means that the larger basket can be used for the storage of chunky firewood and the two smaller baskets can be either used around the home or can be used by the fireplace to store smaller fireside accessories such as firelighters and kindling. The rope handles are a lovely added design feature to the baskets.
In our last blog we talked about the importance of using gloves when cleaning your log burner. These gloves are ideal for that job, but also helps protect your hands from hot appliances. These gloves are designed to withstand high temperatures and help provide a barrier between your hands and hot surfaces, with an extended cuff the glove also offers protection to the wrists and lower arm.
All these fireside accessories enhance the experience of burning firewood and guarantee an aesthetically pleasing space. Most importantly, they ensure your home is a safer place to live and assist in improving your environmental footprint. Take a look at our new Fireside Accessories, included are all the above products, but also some other fireside essentials. If you would like more infomation, don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01327 829529 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.