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.

Buying A Stove?

Boru Stoves keeping you warm.With the first real cold snap of the winter arriving this month we thought that we would put together a quick guide to buying a stove.

Buying a stove makes a whole lot of sense in today’s world of rising fuel prices, carbon footprints and BER energy ratings. Making sure you make the right choice can be a problem, with so many different stoves on the market and a whole new vocabulary to learn Boru Stoves want to make sure you have all the facts you need to make the right choice.

Stoves come in all shapes and sizes and one of the first questions you should ask yourself is, ‘What do I want my stove to do?’ Is it just for heating a single room, or do you also want to heat water and run radiators from your stove? Below are listed some of the most common terms you will hear when it comes to stoves, and we hope this will help you when it comes to buying a stove.


Output (kWs)

Each stove’s output is measured in kilowatts (kWs). This gives us an indication of the maximum heat output that the stove can achieve. Depending on the size of the space you want to heat, or the size of space plus the number of radiators. You will need to choose the stove with the correct output. Stoves that also heat hot water will have their output divided into two separate output figures, one for the amount of heat given to the room the stove is in and the other is the output or amount of heat given over to heating the hot water and radiators.

So for example, a Chieftain Insert Boiler Stove would give 15kw to heating water and 2kw to heating the room. A Boru 400i (that does not have a boiler), would give it’s whole 7kw output to heating the room. We have a handy heat calculator below that can help you work out the correct output for your room size.

Heat Output Calculator

Simply key in your room measurements, and press "Calculate" to find the heat output required to adequately heat your room.

0kW of heat output required

Note: For optimal output, please use fuel that has a moisture content of 20% or below.


BTU (British Thermal Unit)

This is a traditional unit of energy used to measure power. A BTU is the amount of energy used to heat one pound of water by one degree fahrenheit. This is a very commonly used unit to measure energy content of fuels and the output of heating appliances.


Boiler Stoves

A Carraig Mor Boiler Stove

Boiler stoves are stoves that come with a boiler included, such as the Carraig Mor range. The boiler is used to heat hot water that can then be used in the home and to heat radiators. The size and number of radiators will affect the size and output of stove that you will need. Stoves with a boiler included are often called ‘Wet Stoves’. It is not recommended to run a boiler stove without a water connection, some people think to connect the water at a later stage or perhaps pick up a second hand boiler that is not suited to their needs. Running a boiler stove dry is very dangerous and should never happen.


Dry Stoves

A Carraig Beag Dry Stove

The dry stove refers to a stove that does not have a boiler. These stoves are usually used to provide warmth to a single room or space. They are not suitable for heating radiators or water, this means that they do not need a water supply, ideal in certain situations. 20% of the heat from a dry stove is radiated out from the glass panel on the front of the stove, similar to the way a traditional open fire would radiate heat to a room. The remaining 80% is dispersed into the room by a hot air fan at the top of the stove. The Carrig Beag is an excellent dry stove.


Insert Stove

A Boru 600i Insert Stove

An insert stove is a stove that will be recessed, or sit back into an opening, usually under a chimney or a flue. Insert stoves can come with or without boilers depending on the model and are excellent when you desire a less intrusive appliance in your environment, or if you have a smaller room where space is at a premium. Insert stoves can vary from being quiet traditional like the Fiachra insert stove, to the more contempory and very stylish Boru 600i insert stove that is available with or without a boilder.


Freestanding Stove

A freestanding stove is just that. It is capable of standing on it’s own in the middle of a room, or being placed against a wall protruding into a room or space. Freestanding stoves can come with or without boilers depending on the model, and some freestanding stoves can also be used to cook on.


Airwash

To ensure that you can enjoy the visual appeal of an open fire with your stove, we have an Airwash system. Airwash is the preheating of air and the funnelling of that air down the front of the glass. This ensures a clear view of the fire.


Central Air Intake

Central Air Intake is using air from outside the dwelling to draught the stove. It means that when you are using your stove there is no energy taken from the room the stove is in so therefore the stove is even more efficient. It is worth noting that Central Air Intake cannot be added on it must be factory fitted at time of order. Central Air Intake is suitable for airtight houses and works with Heat Recovery Systems.


Operating Efficiency

The biggest difference you will see between a stove and an open fire is the efficiency. An open fire usually has an efficiency rating of between 10 and 30%, most solid fuel stoves have an efficiency rating of between 65-80%. The Croi Beag has an efficiency rating of 83.2% so be sure to check the individual ratings.


After Sales Service

A well maintained stove can give you many years of excellent service but at some point it will require replacement parts. Boru Stoves manufacture all our stoves at our factory in Tipperary, we custom build individual parts for each stove. You can rest easy, safe in the knowledge that we are not sourcing parts from a factory halfway around the world that might not be there in six months time. We also offer a six year extended warranty on boiler stoves and a five year extended warranty on dry stoves.

I hope this guide will help anyone who has been thinking about getting a stove by giving a brief overview of the main things to keep in mind. You can contact us with any questions you might have, or find a Boru retailer close to you, and remember, all Boru Stoves are 100% made at our factory here in Thurles, why not check out our video of the Boru factory in action.