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Charnwood Wood burning and multifuel stoves

November 17th, 2010


Embers fireplaces are pleased to announce, that we are now the  authorised main Stockist for Charnwood stoves in North and Central London.

So whats so good about Charnwood? you might ask.

  • Charnwood stoves are manufactured within the UK to a very high standard
  • There is a large range of colours to choose from (not just the typical black box)
  • The best multi-fuel riddling system on the market ( in our opinion)
  • A very Large range of DEFRA exempt stoves for smoke control areas
  • 10 years Casting and welding Warranty
  • A double door range which fits neatly into fireplace chambers
  • Robax Ceramic glass as standard
  • Heat outputs to suit virtually any room


The Charnwood Island in almond


The Charnwood Cove 2 SR as seen on Grand Designs

No Chimney No Problem? Steel chimney systems Pros and Cons

September 13th, 2010

Firstly it is typically easier and much cheaper to install a wood burning stove into a pre existing chimney in most cases. However there are many scenarios where houses have either had there chimney removed or they have not been built with one. It is in these houses when Steel Factory made flue systems come into there own.

It must be considered that a steel chimney system has to play several important roles. These are structure, gas tightness, fire protection, looks, insulation, corrosion resistance and compliance with the building regulations. A typical brick chimney has all of the structure, looks and insulation and in most cases relining the flue will tick the remaining boxes. Making the use of an existing flue much easier and cheaper. In essence a steel chimney must be able to replicate in use a well insulated, lined brick chimney.

Embers fireplace and stoves use steel flue systems from Schiedel and Tona.  The Schiedel offering has a   .5 millimeter internal stainless steel sleeve and is well suited to wood burning applications. This system comes with a manufacturers 10 year guarantee and is an excellent product. 

The Tona Ceramic Chimney System

On the occasion that a superior product will be necessary Embers recommend and use the Tona Ceramic system.  This system would be suitable for wood stoves, smokeless coal, Pellet systems, corn,  Wood chip, situations where a long guarantee would be required ( new builds etc) and for any discerning individual that simply wants the very best for their property. The specifications of the Tona ceramic system are detailed below;

Spec-flue`s Tona  Ceramic is a CE approved twin wall insulated chimney system, suitable for appliances burning modern day fuels including wood pellets, biofuels and solid fuel. The material specification and construction of the product has been designed specifically to withstand very high temperatures and aggressive conditions within the flue caused by slumbering and burning of some fuels.The inner liner is manufactured out of 4mm thick engineered Ceramic, with a high grade mineral wool insulation, encased by a stainless steel outer skin. It is available in three diameters, 130mm, 150mm and 200mm internal diameter including various adaptors, pipes, bends, tees and support components.  
  • 4mm ceramic inner/304 outer stainless steel insulated chimney system
  • Internal and external usage
  • All fuels – including biomass and bio-fuel
  • Residential and commercial installations
  • 30mm insulated cavity
  • Diameters from 130mm to 200mm
  • CE Approved BS EN 13063-1 Designation T450 N1 D3 G50


The design and specification of Spec-flue Ceramic has been tested and meets the requirements of BS EN 13063 part 1. Product designation T450 N1 D3 G50 – 0769-CPD-7039. The product has undergone thermal shock test to 1000ºC (chimney fire conditions) for a period of 30 minutes.

Specflue Tona Ceramic has a guarantee on the ceramic liner for 30 years from date of installation.

Any chimney System including a steel chimney, will require building control consent unless a HETAS registered installer that is qualified in Steel chimney systems is utilised.

The main positive with Standalone chimneys is the fact that they can be positioned in locations that a chimney breast cannot and as such it is often possible to make a design feature of a free standing stove or fireplace which would not otherwise be possible.

The cost of space per Cu ft in London houses is very high and many people have removed chimney breasts to facilitate extra space. A steel chimney can allow a stove to be safely used without the need for a space consuming chimney breast.

Inset or cassette wood stoves

July 25th, 2010

Due to massive demand, embers has added to its range some rather superb cassette stoves. These flush or close to flush mounted stoves are the pinnacle of wood burning technology packed into a modern contemporary stove design.

This type of stove is well suited to any room that requires a large flame picture while maintaining minimalist room impact.

With such a vast range on the market we have settled on 1 manufacturer for our inset stoves. Scan Anderson. Scan manufacture their own stoves in Denmark where the responsibility for assembly for the stove lies with one person only. Typical of Danish stoves the Scan inset range are extremely durable, efficient and stylish. Many of these wood burners have been accredited with the Nordic eco-label.

We have recently installed a scan DSA 7-5 inset stove on display in our london showroom

the scan dsa 7-5 inset stove

Whats new at Embers

July 21st, 2010

Embers are pleased to announce that we have several exciting new lines. Thanks to anglia fireplaces we can now offer stoves and fireplaces from Hase, Exoos, Bodart & gonay, and Tonwerk.

Both Hase and Xeoos stoves are manufactured in germany to very high specifications.

The Xeoos  wood burning stove surpasses the German Din plus standard and is DEFRA exempt for burning wood in London. The Hase range of multi fuel and wood burning stoves are all extremely clean burning, being TUV approved as-well as being accredited to the German Din plus standards. Hase stoves have particulate emission levels which are amongst the lowest in the world. These superb appliances easily surpass the forthcoming particulate emission laws due to be rolled out in 2014.

Xeoos Stoves have 2 combustion chambers; the standard chamber is at the top and this burns like a standard stove however when a lever on the side is depressed then the flame direction is redirected downwards into the second firebox where very high temperatures can be achieved as well as being extremely efficient with almost no ash. XEOOS stoves are also Approved by DEFRA for burning wood in smoke control areas . We have a Xeoos pure model which will be on live display in our London showroom from September.


The Xeoos Twin-fire system diagram

The Tonwerk range of wood burning stoves are Swiss made  and are based on the heat storage stoves that have been used in Europe for hundreds of years. Using what is best of both old and new, these stoves are the pinnacle of wood burning technology with the ability to store and radiate heat for many hours after only one fueling.   Very beautiful lines and styling and perfectly suited to low energy homes.

the tonwerk eye heat storage wood stove


Hase stoves are and always have been the very best of German precision and quality. At Embers we are very happy to offer these superb wood burners. From the moment you touch the very tactile handle and open the door on a hase wood burning stove, you will know that it is not a typical mass produced item and hase design is often years ahead of its competitors.

Exceptional style and quality from hase stoves (hase bari pictured)

Cost effective Renewable heating in london?

June 11th, 2010

In todays world of rising gas prices and a planet that is being stripped of its natural resources. It is no wonder that many people are looking for cost effective, renewable alternatives as heating sources.

A wood burning stove is a perfect start towards both reducing reliance on fossil fuels and lowering both heating bils and our impact on the planet.

The installation of a high efficiency biomass based appliance into a living room will switch the most energy dependent part of a house`s reliance from fossil fuels to a carbon neutral alternative, almost overnight. furthermore this can be achieved without the massive costs that can be associated with other renewables.

embers fireplaces and stoves have many years experience within the solid fuel market and are one of the most qualified companies in the UK in regards to biomass stoves and installation.  Anyone that has been to our London showroom will have seen our wall of qualification`s.

A good method to drastically reduce your fossil fuel consumption is to install a pellet and wood burning cooker. This will not only cook beautifully in the wood oven but also heat the room that it is sited making the radiators redundant. Embers have chosen the Lohberger range of cookers to accommodate this, hand crafted in Germany this range of contemporary wood cookers are one of the cleanest burning in the world. The amount of fuel used to generate the necessary heat is also very low due to the very clever technology used.

For most however this solution will still be too far and the easiest and most cost effective thing that can be done to reduce reliance on fossil fuels is simply to install a woodburning stove.  embers has a huge range of DEFRA exempt stoves on offer and are not tied in to any particular manufacturer. This means that we can give unbiased advice and you get a huge choice.

If you have interest in other renew-ables then please ask the specialist who attends your site survey and we can talk over how best to make the different technologies work together and what is best for your particular home.

A wood burning stove has several main advantages over an open fire.

  • Open fires are very inefficient typically their efficiencies are less than 20% and in some cases are negative, whereas most of the wood burning stoves on the market today have efficiencies over 75%.  The reason for this is simple hot air rises and as an open fire is sat underneath a hole (chimney ) the hot air rises straight up and out. A wood stove contains these same gases in the fire box until the vast majority of heat has been radiated to the room. Higher combustion temperatures are also achieved as the combustion temperatures are not high enough to burn all of the gasas in the first instance. Inside a stove Oxygen, Heat and fuel are violently mixed together which results in much more of the volatile gases being burned. 
  • Wood burners use much less fuel than there open fire counterparts
  • within a stove fire is contained within a steel or cast iron box making wood-burning stoves very much safer
  • the rate of combustion can be controlled on a stove, open fires always burn at 100% wood burners require a narrower diameter chimney or flue as less flue gases are emitted
  • open fires require a huge additional permanent source of ventilation added to the room. Stoves require only minimal ventilation. This is due to combustion gas requirements and the rate at which fuel is consumed for example: a typical open fire will consume at least 200 m3 of air from the room per hour where a typical wood burning stove would require only 40 m3.
  • The best and most important reason for choosing a stove is because they are very hot and can heat large areas or draughty london houses with ease. Oh and they look good too

the scan anderson 4-5 bestselling stove for embers 2009


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