Changing The Rope On Your Stove

Changing the rope on your stoveWith the promise of an Indian Summer fading, the volume of calls to Boru Stoves has steadily begun to escalate over the last week. Everybody is getting ready for the long winter evenings that are just around the corner. Getting your stove winter ready is something that everyone should spend a little bit of time doing before the temperatures really start to drop. It is much easier to perform routine maintenance when you are not under pressure to light the stove.

Today I’m going to cover a basic procedure of changing the rope on your stove. This is something that should be done once a year, or even more often, depending on the use of your stove. First of all I will tell you how to check the rope seal on your stove to see if you have a tight seal or not. Then we will be removing the old rope, and finally fixing the new rope into place.

1. Testing Your Rope Seals

Ensure that your stove is cool and not lighting. Take a strip of normal paper and place it between the stove body and the door [Fig 1]. Close the door and pull on the strip of paper [Fig 2]. If the strip of paper moves freely, this is a good indication that the rope seals need to be replaced. If the seal is snug and tight, you should feel a decent amount of resistance as you try to pull on the paper strip. Repeat this at different areas around the door to check there is a tight seal all around the door [Fig 3].

Testing Rope Seals

Fig 1

Pull The Strip

Fig 2

Repeat Around the Door

Fig 3

If you find that the paper is moving freely between the closed door and the body of the stove then you will need to replace your rope seal. You might have noticed that the stove has been burning too much fuel, or that the air controls and dampeners have not been working as intended. This is because the stove will have been sucking in air through a worn or damaged seal. Once replaced you should notice a marked improvement in the amount of fuel used and greater control over the burn when adjusting the air controls. We recommend sourcing your replacement parts from an authorised Boru Stoves Retailer. This will ensure you get genuine and correct parts. As requested in the Boru Stoves warranty terms, only use genuine Boru Stoves parts in your stove. If you have any problems sourcing genuine Boru Stoves parts please contact us directly.

2. Remove Existing Rope

The old rope needs to be removed. This should be quite easy to do with a few simple tools. A pair of grips such as pliers, a wire brush and a flat-head screwdriver. Pull the old rope [Fig 4] out and then give the channel a good scrub with a wire brush [Fig 5]. For any stubborn pieces of old rope or glue, use a screwdriver to loosen them [Fig 6] and then clean it again with the wire brush. Ensure the channel is clean and free from any loose dirt, old rope and glue.

Remove Old Rope

Fig 4

Fig 5

Fig 5

Stubborn Glue

Fig 6

3. Preparing Your Rope

Now is a good time to prepare you rope. If you have the correct rope for your stove you can make sure that it fits the full length of the channel and move onto the next step. Or, if you have a length of rope that is too long, trim it to the required size. If the rope does not have a sealed end, seal one end with a piece of high temperature silicone tape [Fig 7]. Wrap a small piece of tape tightly around one of the ends. Starting in the middle of the channel at the bottom of the door. Run the length of rope around the channel, gently pushing it into the channel and corners. When you reach the other end of the rope, tightly wrap another piece of high temperature silicone tape around the rope. Leave a little bit of an overlap with the other end of the rope [Fig 8]. Finally, use a sharp scissors or secateurs to cut the rope where the tape has been applied making sure both ends will meet snug in the middle [Fig 9]. You are now ready to fix the rope into place.

Apply tape to the rope

Fig 7

Apply tape to rope

Fig 8

Cut the rope

Fig 9

3. Apply a Bead of High Temperature Glue

A bead of high temperature stove glue should be applied into the channel. A smooth regular action should ensure you have a regular and decent amount of adhesive applied.

Apply a bead of glue

Fig 10

4. Fix the New Rope

Once again, begin at the bottom in the middle [Fig 11]. Firmly push the rope into the channel working your way around the corners. Ensure that the rope is sitting well into the channel [Fig 12]. Continue until the two taped ends meet snug at the bottom of the door [Fig 13].

Start at the bottom

Fig 11

Push the rope firmly into the channel

Fig 12

Both ends meet snug in the middle

Fig 13

5. Test The New Rope Seal

Repeat the process in step one to test the new rope seals are creating a tight seal around the door. If there are still problems and the paper strip is moving freely, the diameter of the rope could be too small, or there could be a problem with the door. If this is the case, you should contact your stove supplier who should be able to advise you on the correct course of action to remedy the problem.

Changing the rope seals on your stove is an easy procedure that just about anyone should be able to do for themselves at home. It can greatly increase a stoves performance. Seals should be checked every six months to ensure your stove is running at optimum efficiency.

If you are having any problems with your Boru Stove or are struggling to find the correct parts, please contact us here at Boru Stoves and we will do our best to help.

Are stoves Rocket Science?

A picture of a rocketI was recently at an event where somebody said to me that stoves weren’t rocket science and he knew he could build one himself because it was just a black box with some fire in it. Needless to say things got fairly heated (pardon the pun). Surprisingly as it happens, there are lots of crossovers between rocket science and quality stove manufacturing. The number one crossover is combustion, to create lift a rocket needs thrust which is created using the combustion of rocket fuel. We all remember the disastrous consequences of not having the shuttle insulated correctly when it came back into the earth’s atmosphere. To shorten the story we insulate the firebox of our stoves which in turn creates more combustion because of the increased temperature of the firebox. We then introduce super-heated air into the firebox which re-ignites the gas created from burning the fuel in the first place, thus creating more heat from gas that would have otherwise went up the chimney. This would be similar to an afterburner on a jet. Burning wood in a high efficiency stove is carbon neutral so it is only releasing the same amount of CO2 into the atmosphere that the tree took in over the course of its life. Responsible forestry companies will ensure that there is an infinite supply of wood by replanting forests. Each piece of wood that is burned has a calorific value which is dependent on its moisture content and whether it is a hard wood or a soft wood.

Graph showing kW Output per KG of fuel in relation to the moistureThis is a simple graph to show the output in kW per KG of wood. If you are burning wood that is too wet you are wasting the potential heat output and will have to burn up to twice the amount of fuel to get the same heat output as dry wood. GJ/tonne = 19.2 – (0.2164*MC), where MC is the moisture content as a percentage of the total weight. A moisture meter is a great way to test the moisture in wood. A moisture meter uses two prongs inserted into the wood to test the conductivity. The wetter the log then the more conductivity there is in it.

Boru Stoves in house test labSo getting back to our space mission, all stoves nowadays have to go through rigorous testing using various scientific calculations for heat output, fuel input, water heating, efficiency, emissions and safety tests including CO2 levels. Here at Boru Stoves we have our own test laboratory where we carry out all of these tests before we send them for certification in Europe. To conclude, yes in a showroom a Boru Stove may look like a black box with some fire in it, and it may not have any resemblance to a rocket, but just remember that there is a lot more science involved.

When is the best time to install a stove?

Boru Stoves AdvertWhen asked this question most people will say late autumn or early winter. Why do they say that? It’s very easy, the evenings are closing in, the temperatures are dropping and we all set about going into hibernation in front of the fire with a glass of red and a creamy Irish stew. There is never a bad time to install a stove but I would say that it is a lot easier to have it installed in the summer, these are some of the reasons why:

  • The weather is better so there will not be as much dirt brought in from outside during installation.
  • Temperatures are higher so you will not need to use another form of heat during installation. This especially comes into play when installing a boiler model stove.
  • Prices are generally cheaper in the summer time as demand is not as high as in autumn.
  • Companies normally discount stoves in summer to make way for new models being introduced in the imminent stove season. I have seen prices reduced by 10-15%.
  • Stock is readily available in the summer time whereas there could be lengthy lead times in the autumn.
  • You will be very familiar with the operation of your stove before the winter sets in.
  • Installation could potentially be tied in with your summer vacation meaning you are not even there through installation.

There are no signs of reductions in energy costs so you will start to save money the moment you install the stove even if you don’t light it! Just think of the amount of heat escaping through the chimney in the room. When a stove is installed this heat loss is dramatically reduced thus making it cheaper and easier to heat the house. You wouldn’t be happy if there was a hole in the middle of your front door sucking the heat and energy from the house so why do it with a chimney?

Beware The Dangers of Cheap Imported Stoves

Grandfather & Grandson enjoying the warmth of a Boru Stove.Do you really care where a product comes from when you make the decision to spend the money that you have worked so hard for? In the boom times I know I for one was guilty of not caring once the price was right. Thankfully I never got caught up in the property bubble and was not worth 400 million Euros by owning five two bedroom apartments on an expensive part of the monopoly board. This being said I was guilty of lots of other things such as when my TV broke I never called a repair man. I went to my local electrical shop and bought another one. Subconsciously I thought getting a repairman was hassle and he would probably charge more for a part than the TV was worth.

What’s changed?

As a consumer I now want a product that will last. I work too hard every week to just throw money away replacing products around my house at the drop of a hat. I now want extended warranties, the availability of spare parts and most of all if something does goes wrong I want to be able to speak to somebody at the end of a phone that can discuss my problem and send out a serviceman if needs be.

Do I buy products from the Far East?

Of course we all buy products from the Far East. Take out your phone and have a look at the back of it. I have just done that and it says “Designed in California and assembled in China” This is one of the world’s largest brands. Now would you buy a fake version of that phone and if not why? Firstly if you break the screen can you replace it? Probably not. If my family die from Co poisoning because of a badly made stove can I replace them? Definitely not!

Fake vs Real

There are lots of high end branded stoves manufactured in the Far East that have implemented European standards in their factories which ensure workers have safe working conditions. I have no problem with these kinds of factories as they are probably the backbone of small villages and do genuinely supply good product.
On the other hand when you see the fake or copied products they are more than likely being made in a sweat shop with no standards or safety practises. These factories generally jump on the band wagon when a product becomes “popular” so unscrupulous distributor’s ship in the best-selling products/brands in their country and get them copied.
I have had the benefit of looking and dissecting these “fake stoves” that claim to be the same as the real thing. I have yet to come across a saleable copy “fake” imported stove and this is why:

  • The raw material used (steel, cast-iron) used is lighter and less robust
  • Stoves are not independently certified so the outputs on the brochures cannot be verified
  • There are usually no safety tests carried out on the stoves
  • When dealers import a container they generally will not include spares in it because spares cost money and that comes off the bottom line
  • Ash-pans, frames and other auxiliary items are not welded but just folded tightly which leads to warping and over-firing

Any reputable brand manufacturing in the Far East will verify our findings as they would have spent years developing product. Reputable companies don’t copy! Remember you get what you pay for.

Why Ireland? Why Boru Stoves?

Irish Flag - Made In Ireland

  • Spare parts can be generally delivered next day (no waiting on slow boats from China)
  • The product is certified to EN13240 and EN13229
  • The stoves are safety tested using an independent test house with ratings verified
  • Dedicated customer service department
  • Dedicated mobile service engineer

Conclusion

When everything is taken into account fitting a stove is probably one of the biggest decisions you will make in your house but not the most expensive. Here are some questions you should ask yourself when choosing the correct stove for you:

  • If I change the décor of my room will the stove still match? (A black stove will generally suit)
  • In five years’ time where will I purchase replacement parts for my stove? Will they be still available?
  • Do I want a stove that I will have to replace in two years’ time?
  • How will the warranty procedure work (Boru Stoves offer a five or six year optional extended warranty)
  • Do I want the output of the stove to be what it says on the box? Do I want the results verified?

By all means purchase product from the Far East but ensure that you are buying from a reputable dealer and manufacturer that you know will provide a backup service. Personally I buy Irish whenever I can.
If you are in a showroom and the sales person says to you “I don’t have that brand but I have this one which is exactly the same” Run!!

The Boru Stoves Roadshow

Boru Stoves Mobile Display Unit Exterior

Recently on this blog we have highlighted our travels to the HPBExpo in Nashville, and also the Bois Energie in Nantes. At the Bois Energie we had our new 38 square meter mobile display unit, which was a huge success. Our mobile display units are available to all our clients for open days, sale launches and promotional events throughout Ireland, UK and Europe. The Boru Stoves Roadshow is a great way to meet customers and generate sales.

The summer months can be a notoriously difficult time to sell stoves, this does not mean that people are not interested in buying a stove, or that sales have to stop. If we begin to understand the customers buying cycle, we can then see how important these summer months can be to actually making a sale. The average buying cycle for a customer is between 8 – 10 weeks, that means from the time that they become interested in a product, it could take 8 – 10 weeks before they actually make a purchase. Usually the more expensive a product, the longer the buying cycle.

Welcome to the Boru Stoves Mobile Display Unit

If we think about the buying cycle in three stages, Awareness > Consideration > Purchase. First we need to create awareness of the products we have to offer, and then we need to highlight how these products can solve an existing problem that the customer might have, or how the product can enhance the customers current home heating situation. The summer months are a great time to begin this customer journey, and what better way to create awareness for customers than to get out there and meet them at a regional show or event.

Every year we witness a bounce in orders during December, and this is directly related to the National Ploughing Championships which are held many weeks before. We have been attending the National Ploughing Championships for the last 7 years, and year on year we see the ‘Plough Match Bounce’. This is what has led us to invest in our mobile display units. We understand that our success is dependant on our retailers success, and anything that we can do to encourage lead generation and sales is a win win situation for us and our retailers.

The Ellis Cook Stove in the Boru Stoves Mobile Display Unit

We currently have two mobile display units available to our retailers, the largest of these is 38 square meters and has space for over 17 individual products, including fully functioning and lighting stoves, a fitted kitchen, and the Ellis Cook Stove, which is due for release in Ireland later this season. This mobile display unit is best suited to larger events over several days, our last event was the Ideal Homes Exhibition at the Galway Bay Hotel over the Easter weekend. This is the perfect type of event to generate interest in the products, especially for new builds and renovations which increase at this time of year.

For smaller events we also offer our compact mobile display unit which is 12.5 square meters and includes space for 10 products including 4 working stoves. This is ideal for one day events such as open days, or where space for the display unit is limited. The compact mobile display unit is very easy to manage and very mobile.

With all our mobile display units we offer sales support to our retailers, our dedicated sales staff are always on hand to help with events both big and small. If you have an interest in taking part in an event, please get in touch with your Boru Stoves representative, or call us directly to check availability.

Welcom to the Boru Stoves Mobile Display Unit

The interior of the Boru Stoves Mobile Display Unit

Interior of the Boru Stoves Mobile Display Unit

The Bois Energie 2015

Bois Energie 2015
After a great week at the HPBA Expo, this week we will be exhibiting at Salon Bois Energie in Nantes, France. The Salon Bois Energie, translates to The Wood Energy Fair. As the name suggests, the Bois Energie is primarily focused on all things wood burning, from the forest to the flame, is their tag line. This event runs in parallel with two other events at the exhibition centre in Nantes, the Hypac Expo which is an event for the whole hydrogen and fuel cell industry, and Biogaz Europe which is focused on the Bio Gas industry. It is a great chance to see how developments within the energy & heating sector will be shaping the future of home heating, and this in turn helps us to create products that meet consumer’s demands and expectations.

The Ellis Cook StoveThe stove market in France is very well developed and The Bois Energie Expo is one of the biggest events of its kind in Europe, with over 350 exhibitors and 13,000 visitors expected. The event is a great chance to learn from some of the most established and innovative names in the business. From the 19th – 20th March there is a series of industry conferences that we will attend as well as International Business Meetings arranged in conjunction with Bois Energie.

The event runs from the 19th – 22nd March and as well as attending the industry sessions, we will also be displaying to the public with our French partners, BCV Thermique. It is the first event where we will be exhibiting with our new events module. The new events module is a 38 sq meter mobile display unit that is kitted out with all our latest products including the Ellis Cook Stove. The events module includes fully working stoves and even a fitted kitchen. As well as major industry events, the events module is available to all our partners throughout Ireland & United Kingdom as well as mainland Europe, it is perfect for open days, sale launches and other local fairs and shows. If you are interested in attending an event, please contact your Boru Stoves representative for further information.

If you would like to meet us and our partners, BCV Thermique, at the Salon Bois Energie 2015 in Nantes this week, please contact us to arrange a meeting. Or, you can find us on Terrasse P, stand Z55 at the event. Come along for a coffee and a chat and find out why Boru Stoves are one of the hottest products available on the market today.

The Boru Stoves Events Module

Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Expo 2015

Hearth, Patio & Barbecue ExpoBoru Stoves are off to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Expo this week. The annual event being held in Nashville Tennessee is the highlight of the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) calendar. We will be doing our best to take in as much of the show as we can, the Expo will see the launch of all the latest and most innovative products from the leading names in the industry.

Last years event in Salt Lake City saw more than 350 exhibitors and 5,000+ attendees. It really is the place to be, to discover all the latest innovations and trends happening in the industry. This is just one of the many events that Boru Stoves attends or exhibits at, and this helps us to keep up with the changing technologies of stove manufacture, and also, it helps us to anticipate, what customers will be looking for this year and next.

The HPBExpo is much more than just a show. The show itself runs from 5th – 7th of March, but also, from the 4th – 7th March there is the HPBEducation program. This is a series of workshops and lectures led by leaders in their field, in everything from the latest manufacturing practices, to health and safety regulations and even sales and marketing. It is through attending events such as this that Boru Stoves can continue to offer the very best products & services to our customers. At this years HPBEducation there will be 45 general education classes and 15 manufactures offering manufacturing specific training, as well as several classes for National Fireplace Institute (NFI) certification.

With so much on offer we doubt 4 days is really enough time! If you are attending the show and would like to meet with a representative of Boru Stoves, please get in touch and we can arrange a meeting. Or call by booth 808 in Hall A, where you can meet one of us, or one of our partners from Hearthdistribution.com.

We have two products exclusive to North America on offer at the moment, The Ellis Cook Stove, and The Carraig Mor Wood Stove. If you would like to find out more about them, why not pop along and meet us at The HPBExpo which is running from the 5th – 7th March, we are in Hall A, booth 808 with our partners Hearth Distribution.

Cleaning and Maintaining Your Stove

A Boru Stoves double sided Carraig MorIt is important to ensure that your stove is properly cleaned and maintained. Failure to do so could result in an invalid extended warranty. The process of cleaning and maintaining your stove is very simple and should not take long. Done regularly, proper cleaning and regular maintenance, should prolong the life of your stove and ensure that you have a stove that operates at peak efficiency.

Cleaning Your Stove

Creosote:

When fuel is burned slowly, it produces tar and other organic vapors, which combined with expelled moisture to form creosote. The creosote vapors condense in the relatively cool chimney flue of a slow burning fire. As a result, creosote residue accumulates on the flue lining. When ignited, this creosote creates an extremely hot fire. Inspect and clean the chimney frequently – under certain conditions of use, creosote buildup may occur rapidly. If creosote has accumulated, it should be removed to reduce the risk of a chimney fire.

Automatic Stove Damper Channel:

This should be checked regularly making sure it is free from ash build up as this will prevent the thermostat from working efficiently and may effect performance. First you will have to remove the grate from your stove and then you should be easily able to access the channel cover. See the images below for further details on locating the automatic stove damper channel.

Automatic Damper Channel cover

Once the grate has been removed you should be able to access the cover of the automatic damper channel

The thermostat flap

The automatic damper channel is highlighted in yellow, use an Ash Vac to remove any ash build up


The Baffle:

The baffle must be removed regularly to check for soot build up, this build up is a fire hazard and the stove should not be used until chimney is cleaned by an accredited person and free from obstruction. There are two types of baffles in Boru Stoves, a boiler type baffle and a dry stove baffle, further instruction are below depending on the type of stove you have.

*note: These images are examples of our most common types of baffle, in some stoves the set-up might be different, but the principles are the same.

Boiler Stove baffle
Removing the baffle

Remove the baffle and check that it is clean

The baffle

This is a typical baffle in a boiler model stove

Our boiler stoves have a metal baffle which easy to locate and remove. Check that the baffle is clean and clear and then replace it. This baffle is also removed when access for cleaning the chimney is needed.
Dry Stove baffle
A dry stove is slightly different from a boiler stove, in a dry stove, the top fire brick serves as a baffle. The brick is easily removed following the details below. The bricks should be regularly inspected for any damage. The fire bricks are subject to normal wear & tear and will have to be replaced when they become worn or damaged. Using your stove with worn or damaged fire bricks can cause the stove to over fire and invalidate the extended warranty.

raise the top baffle

Raise the baffle at the top of the stove

Lower the left hand firebrick

Lower fire brick the left hand side

Lower the right hand firebrick

Lower the fire brick on the right hand side

lower and remove the top baffle

Lower the top baffle to remove, clean and inspect

Glass:

To clean the glass establish a good fire and use the Airwash System. However there will be times when the glass has to be cleaned by hand. To do this, use a soft cloth and a nonabrasive cleaner. Never clean the glass when the stove is hot. Do not use the stove with cracked or broken glass. If the glass breaks when the fire is lighting leave the fire extinguish itself. Do not open the door until the stove is completely cool. Any broken glass should be replaced by a qualified installer.

Maintaining Your Stove

The following checks should be carried out at least twice a year to ensure you comply with the terms of Boru Stoves extended warranty.

Check for soot and creosote build up and sign of joint damage. Do not use if the flue pipe or chimney is damaged. To check this, the top baffle (clean out plate) must be removed by lifting it up and pulling out. Clean the baffle before refitting. Do not light the stove until the baffle has been refitted.

Make sure the glass is not cracked or chipped and that the rope has a good seal. Failure to replace frayed rope will result in over firing, and thus voiding the extended warranty.

Check that the stove door is tight and well sealed when closed. We recommend that the rope seals be replaced at least once a year, or when required depending on the use of the stove. The door rope is easily replaced by removing the old rope, cleaning out the channel and inserting the new rope. The rope should be sealed in place with suitable high temperature sealant. All part for Boru Stoves are available through our authorised Boru Stoves retailers.

Cleaning and maintaining your stove regularly will ensure that you comply with the Boru Stoves extended warranty. It should also ensure, that you prolong the life of your stove, and keep it working at optimum efficiency. Boru Stoves are always here to help answer any questions you might have about your stove and you contact us through our website.

Why Buy A Boru Stove?

Boru Stoves, made in Ireland
The stove market is pretty saturated at the moment. You can walk into most hardware shops and find some description of a stove available. For the buyer it can be difficult to know just what stove to buy.

First off, the buyer needs to make sure that they are getting a stove that will meet their requirements. The stove has to have the output required to heat the space. Then the buyer might be looking at, whether or not they need to heat water and run radiators from the stove. Once all these things have been decided, the buyer, then has a good idea of what kind of stove they need to get.

So why choose a Boru Stove? What makes a Boru Stove better than cheaper alternatives, which have the same specification?

welderWith a Boru Stove, you are buying high-end quality at a mid-range price. The value of a Boru Stove can’t just be measured in heat output, or efficiency ratings. It is the care that is taken when building the product, it is the after-sales service, the peace of mind that comes with knowing that parts for your stove are usually just a day or two away when something does go wrong.

Many cheaper stoves are imported from the far-east, where little or no guidelines are employed in the manufacturing process. This can lead to the use of inferior materials, or cheap unskilled labour to build the products. The major problems with products that are manufactured 8,000 kilometres away, usually comes, when you inevitably need to order a spare part.

One technique that can be helpful when evaluating a purchase, is to call the manufacturer or supplier and ask to order a spare part. If it is the middle of winter, and the handle on your stove develops a fault, you want to be sure that the part can be replaced as soon as possible, or risk waiting weeks without being able to heat your home. Boru Stoves make all our stove parts here in our factory in Thurles, that way, you can be sure, that you can get any part you might need for your stove, custom made, and shipped the very next day.

boruWorkersFinalAssemMany brands claim to be manufactured in the UK or Ireland, which we see as, not telling the whole story. Parts are shipped in and ‘assembled’ here, which allows them to say, the stove was manufactured in the UK or Ireland. The real headache starts, for the consumer, when something does go wrong, customers are then told that they might have to wait up to twelve weeks for a spare! This can be a particular problem for stove retailers, unhappy customers often direct their frustration at the retailers when something goes wrong with the stove, even though the retailer is at the mercy of the manufacturer, when waiting for parts.

We really don’t need to tell people what an excellent choice a Boru Stove is, because we can let our customers tell you for themselves;

“It is really very easy for me to recommend Boru Stoves for quality and particularly for ‘Back up’ service.

A very satisfied customer,

Collete Foley.”


Come and see your stove being built

Here at Boru Stoves we are very proud of our factory and we invite anyone to come and take a tour, you can also see a video of the Boru Stoves factory in action.

When the time comes that you need to replace your old stove, or if you are buying a stove for the first time. Don’t fall into the trap of buying the cheapest stove available, the hidden costs could be more than just financial. When you are buying a Boru Stove, you are buying peace of mind, peace of mind that you will be covered should anything go wrong. A Boru Stove represents a real bargain for the customer, we don’t believe that any other stove manufacturer in Ireland can offer the same quality and after sales service for the same price as Boru Stoves offer.

Don’t accept cheap imitations, or even expensive imitations! Buy the best, buy an original Boru Stove.

Stoves & Snow In January

Snowy LandscapeThe post Christmas blues can get to all of us in January. Here in Ireland we experienced a very mild month of December, in stark contrast to what some weather forecasters predicted. January is already shaping up to be much cooler, and the first widespread snow of the year turned the country into a winter wonderland.

The kids are absolutely loving it, as always, and the child in me loves waking up to a blanket of white snow covering the hills and trees. Unfortunately, the grown-up in me is less than ecstatic, the grown-up has to worry about getting to work on time, and keeping the house warm. Well, to be honest, with a Boru Stove, keeping the house warm is one less thing this grown-up has to worry about. I can remember the winter of 2009-10 when the temperatures were dipping to around -7 and -8 some nights. During this time the price of oil was climbing too, it was a cold and expensive winter that year.Traffic stuck in snow

I did learn a lesson though. I decided that I wouldn’t be so dependent upon oil, and I had to find a better way to heat my home, than my existing open fire and oil fueled radiators. The cost of fuel and the endless trips out into the freezing night air to refill the coal bucket was not sustainable. This is when I began to find out about stoves and the huge benefits that they have over open fires. At first, I really couldn’t believe that I had not heard more about the benefit of a stove sooner.

Eventually I decided to buy a multi-fuel boiler stove that could heat my living room, provide hot water and also heat radiators throughout the house. The great thing about this was, the fact that I could use the stove in combination with my existing oil fired boiler. The savings available to me quickly became apparent after speaking with my plumber. If I was lighting my stove to settle in for a cosy night beside the fire, I would not have to use my oil fired boiler, the fuel I was burning in my stove would heat the room, the hot water and the radiators throughout the rest of the house. If I was not going to light my stove, or if I was just in from work and didn’t have time to wait for the stove to heat up, I could use my oil fired boiler to get some quick heat into the house.

4kw Boru StoveIt made me a little sick to think of all the money I had been wasting on fuel in my open fire. All that heat had been going up the chimney, when it could have been heating the rest of the house!

If you want to know more about using a multi-fuel stove in combination with your existing oil fired boiler, you should contact your local plumber. Later in the year we will provide a more detailed explanation on this blog of combining pressurised heating systems with open vented systems. The savings to be made on annual fuel costs is tremendous.

If you want to beat the January blues by cutting your fuel bills and keeping nice and warm for the rest of the winter, contact your local Boru Stoves retailer. There are some great bargains to be picked up at this time of year, whether you are new to stoves or just want to upgrade your existing stove, Boru Stoves and our experienced retailer network will be happy to assist.