Summer Shows With Boru Stoves

Summer is here and as everyone forgets all about heating and the cold dark winter, here at Boru we are getting ready to hit the road. We have a calendar of summer shows and events that we embark upon every year. We love to get out and meet our customers and give them a chance to avail of special offers and get all their heating needs sorted before their minds turn back to lighting up for the winter.


Summer shows, Boru Stoves mobile display unitThis weekend Boru Stoves will be exhibiting at the Cork Summer Show with our retail partner Brooks in the Curraheen Showgrounds, Co. Cork. The Cork Summer Show has been a highlight in Cork for over 200 years. The show will be running from Saturday 18th to Sunday 19th June 2016 and will include a mix of agriculture, food, music, home, garden, crafts, equipment, animal husbandry, entertainment, and retail stands. There is something for everybody so you will be guaranteed a great day out for the whole family.

Summer time might seem like an unusual time to be thinking about heating, but, it is the perfect time to upgrade an old heating system or to upgrade to a stove. Depending on the type of stove being fitted, and the chimney it is being fitted into; this can mean a period of time with no heating. This is why it is best to fit a stove during periods of warm weather when the heating will not be missed, especially if you are thinking about fitting a boiler stove.

Over the next few months Boru Stoves will be at several events with our retail partners, ready to offer you expert advice on our stoves, and how to get the most from your own stove. As well as some summer shows we will also be running special events in the stores of our retailers, so keep an eye out if you are thinking about upgrading your heating system.

Summer Shows Calendar

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Boru Stoves Mobile Display Unit ExteriorIf you are thinking about improving your heating system, upgrading to a stove or upgrading your existing stove, please come along to one of the events and our expert team will guide you through what we have to offer. If you would like to see Boru Stoves at a show or event that we don’t have listed, please contact us and let us know.

We will be adding more events and shows throughout the summer so keep your eyes peeled for an event near you, or follow us on social media to keep up to date with all our news.

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!!

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.

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.