Minus figures… Leave the fire burning!

Hi all,

I hope everyone is having a great Christmas 🙂 and enjoying the festivities…

Spent last night at my Uncle’s house, he is also called Buck – so I suppose you could say he is Uncle Buck… Oddly enough, 😉 Uncle Buck the film is on today, but I can honestlly say that my Uncle Buck is not a scruff – lol, but he is a cool guy!

Anyway, we slept downstairs; my Unc’ left the stove burning all night. I must say that stocking the stove up just before you retire for the night is a cozy feeling in itself, but having the stove burning all night is something else and.. Havin’ the luxury of your camper bed being situated next to it is just a dream ;).. I’d buy that for a dollar – lol

Stoves are really becoming popular – My Unc’ has had one for years, he lives out in the Fens and has a reasonable amount of land – not really a farm as such, but the house is sort o’ farmy and they do have a number of animals, including; a funny lil’ Cocker Spaniel, by the name of Harry – he’s sooo adorable!

Cocker Spaniels can be some of the best family dogs and he’s grreat with the other animals. They have a few chickens, some ducks, a few rabbits, two horses and a cow called rosie 😉 – we sometimes feed her half-chopped apples which she devours with the help of her large lengthy toungue.

Their wood and coal shed is located just outside the back door, so access is cool when its cold and being located this close to the back door makes all the difference (I can vouch for that). They have a funny statue next to the back door that used to be a lady sweeping, but over time has come to resemble an old man with a walking stick, about to fall over lol…

Heck, it gives a bit of character to the house and is something to laugh at, (if you’re humour is warped like mine) lol!

Anyway, I am off to cook – I am doing a Veggie stew tonight with a few beans 😉 and a number of other exotic ingredients – I made some bread a few days back, so we can have a few crusts with it!

Take care all and have really Happy New Year!

And remember; if you have a stove, be safe but keep it burning!


Published in: on December 29, 2008 at 5:28 pm  Leave a Comment  
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A small fireplace stove problem and fix!

Hi Peeps 😉 What a lovely day it is!

It’s been fairly tough this week – had alot on and I am glad to be here sitting down writing this.

It’s nice to get on the computer sometimes, as it can really make a difference – I love the manual side of designing and building fireplaces, but it is nice to do something other than CAD, where y’ hands aren’t getting dirty… 😉 (this is of course assuming I have a clean keyboard)

I had an interesting problem to solve at a customers house on Thursday, I actually went with a colleague as a sort of advice giver. The paint on the customers flue had disolved, due to the sealant that was used to seal the base of the flue pipe, to the top of the stove.

It’s interesting because we normally purchase the sealant from a specialist wholesale outlet, but having run out unexpectedly, we had to purchase an off-the-shelf product – (I can’t disclose the company or product, for legal reasons).

The purpose of me telling you all this is; given it was a product that is sold to the public, it could be a problem you may encounter in the future. I must mention here; this has never happened to us before, so their must be an element in the “public” product, which is not in the “wholesale” product that can eat paint away…

Not good eh?

Anyway, once we had established what caused the damage to the flue pipe, it was a fairly simple process to rectify!

How we fixed it?

We laid dust sheets down – this is one of the most important things to remember, so as not to damage anything else in the room. We then sanded the flue pipe down around the area where the damage had occurred. Incidentally, we used P60 grade sand paper to start with, as this is coarse and then to finish, we used P120 grade sand paper as it is much smoother.

The next thing we had to do, was to spray the flue pipe black, to match the colour of the stove – this was done using matt black paint and I have to say, when finished, it truely was a centre-piece.

Anyway, if you ever encounter this problem and need a bit of advice before you do the job, then comment here and I will lend a hand ;)…

Have a good weekend!


Published in: on October 11, 2008 at 12:35 pm  Comments (2)  
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Where to buy wood and Where to buy coal?

So, you are feeling the cold, have a need to turn up the heat, but… Gas is costing too much – 😦 seems to be a common story these days…

Don’t you think it’s ironic, that people of the UK are paying ‘through-the-nose’ prices, just to stay warm. The fact that stoves are making a real come-back is of little surprise and as such, I have been getting a lot of questions on where to buy wood and where to buy coal for stoves and fireplaces?

Actually, there are many places in the UK to buy timber for burning and coal too, although as you could probably imagine; with the influx of sales for stoves, the need for this kind of fuel has risen dramatically and to add to this, it is Autumn / Winter now and that also creates a need for the existing stove owners (not good).

As a word of advice; don’t go to the wood to get your wood – to my knowledge; this is illegal!

With this point in-mind, you can get pallet wood from a waste dumping site, normally for free – my mate is an Electrician and is always going to the local Dump – he often gets pallet wood for his stove…

Pallet wood is not really the best or most efficient form of wood for stoves as it burns quickly. My friend basically uses this wood and a bit of paper to get the fire roaring and then piles on the coal – the coal then stays burning for hours, but you do need the roaring fire to get it started, so therefore pallet wood does have its use and as it can be obtained free of charge, its a really good idea to say the least!

List of places of where to buy wood and where to buy coal

  1. The Internet – do a Google search
  2. Yellow Pages – go to yell.com
  3. Classified Ads – try Craigslist / Gumtree / Plus others
  4. Timber merchants
  5. Coal merchants
  6. Friends and family – ask around

It is extremely unfortunate (in my opinion) that many of the coal mines were shut and now there is a need for it… Laughable really… Not!

I hope this list helps..


Published in: on October 3, 2008 at 1:06 pm  Leave a Comment  
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A recommendation for the five most popular Huntingdon stoves

Hi All,

The following list describes my five most recommended Huntingdon stoves.

The Huntingdon 25

First of all, I am going to discuss the Huntingdon 25.

This stove is truely great! It provides almost all the features of the larger Huntingdon models, whilst at the same time being one of their smallest stoves available – the Huntingdon is suitable for burning wood, smokeless fuel or peat briquettes and has been designed with all decors in mind.

What a deal!

You get all that… 😉 and still in a small package!

The Huntingdon 28

The Huntingdon 28 is truely an elegant stove! With Gothic door mouldings complimented by reeded side panels, the ’28 really is a perfect design!

The Huntingdon 28, was designed with the latest advances in stove design technology and allows you to precisely adjust the flame picture via a single air control – Bonus!

This means that you can chill not with da still… And fully enjoy the movement of the flames!

The Huntingdon 30

Well… The Huntingdon 30 has a truely amazing heating capacity, making it one of the most ideal choices for a family home! It has no external riddling and comprises a single lever for flame and heat output levels, thus allowing you to control your own comfort – Thumbs-Up and Blue Flames eh?

Still with me?

The Huntingdon 35

Onwards and upwards… The Huntingdon 35 is available in a wood burning version with a solid cast iron base, or a multi-fuel version that incorporates external riddling. It also has a single air control for accurate regulation of the flames and combustion, meaning that this stove is a truely an efficient one!

The Huntingdon 40

And lastly… The Huntingdon 40… Probably the biggest Huntingdon stove available; and probably the most powerful too!

It comes with an immense 9kW heat output and could suit either a traditional inglenook or a contemporary fireplace setting, although in my opinion, it would be best suited to the larger room…

My Choice

My choice would have to be the Huntingdon 25, but I suppose it all depends on what you are looking for, or looking to achieve.

If it’s heat output and size you are looking for then the ’40 is prbably the one to go for – I just like small things I suppose…

Remember… 😉 All the best things come in small packages!

Take care for now,


Published in: on September 23, 2008 at 3:51 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Fireplace Seasons Greetings!

Hi everyone!

I hope you are all fine, dandy and 🙂 happy!

Sorry it’s been a while since my last post, but I have been (yet again) really busy!

Surprisingly enough, we were pretty busy with fireplaces through most of the spring and summer months, which is saying something with recent market trends in mind…

What a week I have had! I have been in London installing a number of fireplaces in a new estate-build!

I find it quite interesting that at some point in the near future – a family or individual will be snuggled up warm in front of the fire that I installed – quite a comforting thought really!

The site manager was a great fella, he bought me a coffee in every morning and treated me as one of the lads, so although the work was incredibly tiring, the week did fly!

So, what have we been getting ready for?

Well, since the fireplace season is almost upon us; we have been updating our showroom, making several additions to our website, including a stoves information page and new additions to our catalogues and catalogues page – we have a number of new catalogues that are being prepared in PDF format, by our graphic designer, which will be uploaded to our website soon…

Our showroom designer has also been working very hard, (I must say)… He has really gone to town!

He’s been creating new displays and installing new fireplaces; one in particular I like a great deal, situated near the showroom entrance, it truly is fabulous – a Frederick Allen fireplace, that in my opinion would look amazing in a contemporary setting!

Next week is going to be really busy too. I have three fireplace installs in residential buildings and I am also in the process of designing a new hole-in-the-wall fireplace… I will keep you posted on this one, because I want to offer it in three differing sizes, so it’s a reasonable amount of work 😉

Such is life – the best things come to those who wait eh…

Anyway, I am off to have a shower – m’ missus and I are off for a meal tonight!

Take care and have a great weekend!

Buck 😉

On top of Old Smokey, all covered in soot!

‘A chimney is a system for venting hot flue gases or smoke from a boiler, stove, furnace or fireplace to the outside atmosphere. They are typically almost vertical to ensure that the hot gases flow smoothly, drawing air into the combustion through the chimney effect (also known as the stack effect). The space inside a chimney is called a flue. Chimneys may be found in buildings, steam locomotives and ships’.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chimney

Today I will be discussing those chimneys found in houses…

There are a few different types of chimney that can be seen on houses:

  • Traditional brick-built chimneys
  • Prefabricated chimneys
  • Precast flues
  • Balanced flues
  • Fanned flues

Traditional brick-built chimneys are great for fires and stoves. They are generally deep, thus giving you the choice-in-size of fire / stove you require!

Prefabricated chimneys / flues are suitable for most stoves or gas fires – they are also generally deep, so the choice-in-size for your fire, is usually varied!

Precast flues are commonly found in modern homes – in the 1970’s builders started to install this type of flue in houses, as a space-saving method… Built into the structure of the house, they are constructed from pre-cast concrete blocks and are generally suited to smaller, more slim-line fires and stoves!

(As a note; I will not be going into any depth regarding balanced and fanned flues in this article – I have another article I am writing that I will publish soon, which covers these topics in much greater depth…)

Some helpful tips for chimneys:

  1. A well-built, well-maintained chimney can last for years!
  2. A chimney should be checked regularly by a builder for any repointing, or repairs that need doing!
  3. If coal is being burned in your fire / stove, then the chimney should be swept twice, yearly – for wood, double this figure… Soot and tar must be cleaned regularly, as if left to build up, this could easily result in a chimney fire!
  4. If solid fuels are being burning, then fitting a spark arrestor on the top of your chimney is a good idea, as rising sparks can also cause fires!

So, is a real fireplace and chimney worth all the effort?

I think its really just a matter of opinion or choice. What I mean is, its really all about what you are looking for… What kind of room-effect you are trying to achieve!

In most houses (it was the case in my parents house and in my house too), the chimney comes as an inherent feature… 😉 The upside… It doesn’t need cleaning if you don’t burn solid fuels!

Heck! It could simply be blocked off if you don’t want a fire!


If you do have the will… A real fireplace can be a commodity worth fighting for… 🙂

Over and out!

Buck 😉

Published in: on June 23, 2008 at 3:40 pm  Leave a Comment  
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