• Summer Fuel Storage

    With summer upon us, your stove is more than likely out of use or not used as often. Consequently, fuel storage can become an issue. Here, we’ve selected some of our favourite fuel storage accessories to keep your fuel stored safety, yet stylishly, over the warmer months.

    De Vielle Black Coal Hod - £18.99

    De Vielle Coal Hod £18.99

    Our lowest priced storage accessory, the De Vielle Black Coal Hod has a strong but lightweight construction making it ideal for storing a large amount of fuel to keep your fire burning.

    Meanwhile, the hod’s two handles and angled top make it easy to transport and add the fuel into the fire over the winter months. Its simple black finish makes it the perfect fireside accessory for any style of room. This Coal Hod is also available with a galvanised finish.

    De Vielle Galvanised Coal Tub - £19.99

    De Vielle Galvanised Coal Tub £19.99

    Strong and durable with a convenient handle and lid, the De Vielle Galvanised Coal Tub allows you to store fuel over the summer months yet is also a practical way to transport fuel in the winter.

    Meanwhile, the tub has been galvanised to prevent rust and corrosion and offer a stylish twist on a traditional fireside accessory. The tub is also available in black to suit any style of home.

    De Vielle Black & Brass Waterloo Bucket - £29.99

    De Vielle Black & Brass Waterloo Bucket De Vielle Black & Brass Waterloo Bucket £29.99

    Thanks to its strong but lightweight construction, two handles, and angled top, the De Vielle Black & Brass Waterloo Bucket is ideal for conveniently storing and transporting fuel. Its open top design provides easy access yet is also a stylish design feature. Meanwhile, the bucket's simple black finish with brass handles make it a stylish yet practical fireside accessory.

    De Vielle Natural High Backed Log Basket - £34.99

    De Vielle Natural High Backed Log Basket £34.99

    With a high back to keep logs in place, the De Vielle Natural High Backed Log Basket is ideal for storing a large amount of logs to conveniently refuel your fire.

    Meanwhile, the jute liner and traditional wicker weave make the De Vielle Log Basket a stylish, decorative fire accessory that will add to the design of your fire in both the summer and winter months.

    De Vielle Log, Kindle & Match Holder - £59.99

    De Vielle Log, Kindle and Match Holders De Vielle Log, Kindle and Match Holders - £59.99

    With a matt black finish and decorative writing, the De Vielle Log, Kindle and Match Holders are a practical and stylish fireside accessory suitable for storing fireplace logs, kindle and matches over the summer months and stocking up fuel ready for the winter!

    If you’re looking for some practical yet stylish fuel storage accessories for over the summer months, shop our great range now!

  • Fire Screens – The Perfect Summer Solution

    With the summer months upon us, your fire or stove is more than likely out of use. Fire screens are a perfect decorative accessory, as well as a useful safety feature, for when your fire is not being used.  Below are just a few screens from our range of fireside accessories that are the perfect purchase for protecting your fire over the summer months.

    De Vielle Black 4-Fold Screen

    De Vielle Black 4-Fold Screen £29.99

    With four identical sections of fine mesh, the De Vielle Black 4-Fold Screen protects you, your family and home from any unexpected embers or sparks but also works as a stylish decorative feature that easily adjusts to fit most fireplaces.

    The fine mesh of the fire screen allows your fire’s heat and light through, meaning the benefits of your fire can still be felt by the whole room, while the black, traditional design of this fire screen mean it will match any style of fire or room.

    The folding screen can be easily stored away when it is not in use.

    De Vielle Black Nursery Guard

    nursery guard fire screen De Vielle Black Nursery Guard £48.99

    With a robust, durable construction the De Vielle Black Nursery Guard is the ideal solution to stop children getting too close to the fire and is a practical accessory that can protect your fireplace from damage in the summer months.

    Easy to assemble, extendable to fit all fireplaces, able to fold flat for storage, and coming with clips to fit securely to your wall, the De Vielle Nursery Guard is built with safety and convenience in mind.

    De Vielle Fire Screen Bow Pewter

    De Vielle Fire Screen Bow Pewter £49.99

    The De Vielle Fire Screen Bow Black is designed to protect you, your family and home from any unexpected embers or sparks and prevent children or animals from getting too close to the fire.

    Meanwhile, the curved, pewter design makes this an unobtrusive fire accessory that is both practical and decorative.

    Starting from just £29.99, Fires Direct stock a great range of fire screens in varying designs and sizes, so you can find the perfect one to suit your room and fire this summer.

     

     

     

  • Spring Clean Your Stove

    With spring, and hopefully warmer weather, on the horizon now is the perfect time to give your stove a spring clean. Cleaning your stove ensures it remains safe, efficient and looking the part, and it’s especially important to clean your stove after regular use in the winter months.

    When cleaning your fire, it’s important you know how to clean it safely to avoid injuring yourself or damaging your appliance. Here are just a few tips to help you give your stove the TLC it needs during the warmer months.

    SAFETY FIRST: Always ensure your stove is cool to touch before cleaning.

    Removing Ash and Cleaning Your Firebox

    Wood burns better on a light bed of ash, something stoves are specifically designed to allow. However, you should still empty the ash from your wood and coal burning stove around once a week, depending on use. This prevents ash building up and touching the underside of the grate. If this happens the air flow around and through the grate will be reduced causing the grate bars to overheat, consequently damaging your stove and causing unnecessary risk.

    Read our article on Quick and Safe Ash Removal for more information.

    TOP TIP: it is advisable to empty the ash into an ash bucket to dispose of it safely and minimise the mess!

    As well as this, during your stove’s downtime it is advisable to remove any excess ash that is in your firebox. Use a dustpan and brush to remove most of the ash and then use a vacuum cleaner attachment to remove any hard to reach pockets of ash and clean in and around the grate.

    TOP TIP: Always be gentle and use minimal pressure when cleaning your appliance so as not to dislodge any parts or cause damage to your appliance.

    Check The Firebricks

    A soft brush will help you to remove any soot spots from your firebricks, while a quick vacuum will remove any ash you’ve dislodged.

    It’s also important to check your firebricks for any cracks, chips or other damage. Broken firebricks can be dangerous so it’s vital you have these professionally repaired or replaced as soon as you notice any damage.

    Replace the rope seal

    Rope seal is a heat resistant rope that forms a seal around your stove door. This maintains the safe functioning of your fire by creating a gas and air tight seal that ensures no excess air seeps into the firebox. Your rope seal is subject to general wear and tear and so, over time, effectiveness and safety can be reduced meaning it should be replaced regularly.

    TOP TIP: to check the efficiency of your rope seal close the stove door on a piece of paper, then gently try to pull it free of the door. If the paper pulls free easily, it is likely your rope needs replacing.

    Clean the glass

    Your fire is a stylish focal point of your room so it goes without saying you want it to look its best. Cleaning the glass on your stove regularly is an easy way to keep it looking its best and ensure you can clearly take in the view of your flickering flames.

    While you’re cleaning the glass, check for any cracks or damage to the glass. It’s important to get this replaced if there is any damage.

    A lot of our stoves, like the Franco Belge Savoy Elegance, come with built in primary and secondary air controls with air wash to help keep the glass clean.

    TOP TIP: take care not to use anything abrasive to clean your glass as this can cause permanent damage! Cleaning your glass regularly should ensure any grime is easily removed. 

    Sweep it all away

    It is recommended you employ a chimney sweep at least twice a year if you are burning wood or bituminous house coal and at least once a year when burning smokeless fuels. This will reduce the build-up of tar or creosote in your chimney flue which in turn reduces the risk of chimney fires and any damage to your stove.

    TOP TIP: the best time to have your chimney swept are just before or after the heating season and after your fire has been out of use.

    Get Your Stove Serviced

    While your stove is out of action over the warmer months, it’s worth having your stove serviced to ensure it is working safely and efficiently for the winter months. A service usually includes the stripping, inspecting and cleaning of your appliance and should be carried out by a HETAS registered engineer.

    However, regular cleaning of your stove will help to prevent any unnecessary damage to your appliance.

    A lot of our stoves, like the Firefox 8.1 Cleanburn Wood Burning/Multi Fuel Stove, come with a built in self-supporting interlocking firebox component for ease of use and cleaning. With many great features to help maintain the cleanliness and efficiency of your stoves shop our great range of stoves now!

  • Rayburn Cookers Sale!

    Our Rayburn Redfyre Electric Cookers with Induction Hobs from AGA are now reduced from £5,494.99 to just £4,195.99!

    rayburn cookers Rayburn Redfyre Electric Cookers. Were £5,494.99 Now £4,195.99!

    About The Rayburn Redfyre Electric Cookers

    Available in black and cream the Rayburn Redfyre Electric Cookers have an enamel finish, sleek design with hidden controls making them the perfect, stylish addition to any style or size of kitchen.

    The Rayburn cooker doesn’t just look the part, thanks to their electric ceramic induction hob that offers a choice of six separate heat zones, two side by side electric fan ovens, a separate dual circuit grill and a multifunctional main oven that includes a slow cook feature, defrost setting, browning element and base heat. Meanwhile, the cooker’s catalytic stay-clean liners, a storage draw, and revolutionary Warmfront technology makes the Rayburn Redfyre a practical addition to your home.

    With all these great technical features and a great price of £4,195.99, the Rayburn Redfyre Electric Cookers are definitely cooking up a storm! What are you waiting for? Shop online now!

  • Featured Products: Franco Belge Stoves

    Franco Belge stoves are known for their stylish, eye-catching design, high quality manufacturing and modern technical specifications. Here, we take a look at the best Franco Belge stoves to heat your home.

    Franco Belge Vicky 5 - £849.99

    Franco Belge Vicky Franco Belge Vicky 5 - £849.99

    One of the smaller stoves in the Franco Belge collection, the Franco Belge Vicky 5 is still capable of heating medium to large size rooms thanks to its 5kw heat output and 75.3% efficiency, while Defra approval allows you to legally burn wood in smoke-controlled zones.

    With easily controlled primary and secondary air wash features to help keep the window clean, the Broseley York Midi is convenient and easy to maintain so you can focus on enjoying the welcoming warmth this appliance has to offer.

    Featuring a traditional design and black, cast-iron construction combined with a modern technical specification and large, contemporary viewing glass the Franco Belge Vicky 5 harmonises the past and present to fit seamlessly into any design or style of room!

    Franco Belge Montfort Elegance - £894.99

    Franco Belge Montfort Elegance £894.99 Franco Belge Montfort Elegance £894.99

    Defra approved, meaning it can legally burn wood as well as smokeless fuels in smoke-controlled areas, the Franco Belge Savoy Elegance is capable of heating any size of room thanks to its 8kw heat output, 80% efficiency rating and extra efficient vermiculite lining.

    With easily controlled primary and secondary air wash features to help keep the window clean, the Broseley York Midi is convenient and easy to maintain, while the optional Outside Air Kit, that brings combustion air into the stove directly from outside of the property, makes the appliance easier to install in a new build property.

    Meanwhile, raised design details around the door, large viewing window for a better view of the fire and a black, cast-iron finish create a contemporary, stylish stove that is bound to be the focal point of any room

    Franco Belge Monte Frida - £994.99

    Franco Belge Monte Frida Franco Belge Monte Frida - £994.99

    Franco Belge are known for their stylish, eye-catching stoves and the Frida Wood Burning Stove is no exception!

    With a tall, sleek design complete with a practical log-store, the Franco Belge Frida offers a contemporary twist on the traditional Franco stove yet still offers the high-quality manufacturing and modern technical specification synonymous with the Franco brand. Meanwhile, the long viewing window makes this stove a striking focal point and allows you to take advantage of the welcoming, flickering flames from anywhere in the room.

    With an 8kw heat output and 80% efficiency, the Franco Belge Frida is capable of efficiently heating any size of room, while the modern design is sure to provide a statement piece for any style of room.

    Franco Belge Savoy Elegance - £994.99

    Franco Belge Savoy Elegance - £994.99 Franco Belge Savoy Elegance - £994.99

    Defra approved, meaning it can legally burn wood as well as smokeless fuels in smoke-controlled areas, the Franco Belge Savoy Elegance is capable of heating any size of room thanks to its 8kw heat output, 80% efficiency rating and vermiculite lining.

    With easily controlled primary and secondary air wash features to help keep the window clean, the Broseley York Midi is convenient and easy to maintain so you can focus on enjoying the welcoming warmth this appliance has to offer.

    Meanwhile, raised design details around the door, large viewing window and black, cast-iron finish create a contemporary, stylish stove that is bound to be the focal point of any room!

    Franco Belge Monte Seba - £1,194.99

    Franco Belge Monte Seba £1,194.99 Franco Belge Monte Seba £1,194.99

    Franco Belge are known for their stylish, eye-catching stoves and the Seba stove is no exception!

    With a tall, sleek design, long viewing window and log-store, the Franco Belge Seba offers a contemporary twist on the traditional Franco stove yet still offers the high-quality manufacturing and modern technical specification synonymous with the Franco brand.

    Multi-fuel and wood burning with an 8kw heat output and 80% efficiency, the Franco Belge Seba is capable of efficiently heating any size of room, while the modern design is sure to provide a statement piece for any style of room.

    Franco Belge Monte Carlo - £1,874.99

    A 79% efficiency rating and an 11.5kw heat output make the Franco Belge Monte Carlo Wood Burner ideal for heating larger rooms, while the additional side loading door adds to the convenience and practicality of this premium stove.

    With a cast-iron construction, wide viewing window and matt-black finish the Monte Carlo matches the traditional appearance and high-quality design of the Franco Belge collection, making it the perfect statement piece for any size or style of room.

    Whether you’re looking for a contemporary or traditional stove, the Franco Belge brand offers a great range of high-quality stoves suitable for a range of styles, budgets and requirements.

    Shop our range of Franco Belge stoves today!

  • Why Should I Choose Fires Direct?

    Purchasing a new stove, fireplace or cooker is a large investment, and so, choosing the right retailer is important. Here are just some of the reasons you can rely on Fires Direct as your stove or fireplace retailer.

    Fully Refundable Survey

    We know that purchasing a stove is a large investment, that’s why we offer a fully refundable survey. Our surveyors can offer impartial advice and an installation quote to make your decision easier and ensure you choose a safe, efficient and cost-effective stove.

    Plus, the survey is fully refundable if you purchase a stove over £500!

    Interest Free Credit

    At Fires Direct, we’ve partnered with DivideBuy so you can spread the cost of your stove interest-free.

    There are no hidden fees, a 96% approval rate and no long application process, simply look out for the DivideBuy button to make purchasing your stove more convenient.

    Free £50 Fuel Voucher

    When you purchase a stove from Fires Direct you can receive a £50 fuel voucher for Coals2u!

    So, whether it’s smokeless coal, house coal, firewood, kindling or firelighters that gets your fire burning, you can get stocked up for the winter months.

    Experienced and Reliable

    With over 30 years of experience in the industry, we really know our stoves and can offer expert, impartial advice and guidance to customers.

    You can contact our team at any stage of your buying experience and we will do our best to help.

    High Quality, Low Prices

    From Firefox to Tiger, at Fires Direct we stock the best brands and latest stoves for the lowest prices.

    We have a great range of DEFRA Approved stoves and all our stoves contain the latest technology, such as secondary air wash systems, making them efficient and reliable appliances guaranteed to light up your home for years to come.

    So, what are you waiting for? Whether you’re looking for a stove, fireplace, cooker or fireside accessories, Fires Direct have a great range to suit every style and budget. Shop online today!

  • Fires Direct's Refundable Survey

    Purchasing a stove is a big decision and the options can be confusing. That’s why Fires Direct have introduced a fully refundable survey to make your decision easier and ensure you choose a safe, efficient and cost-effective stove.

    What Is the Fires Direct Refundable Survey?         

    Our surveys are a great way for you to get more information about what product you can have installed, taking compatibility, efficiency and safety into consideration.

    Our surveyors also offer a no obligation quotation for installation.

    How Does The Survey Work?

    Simply purchase a survey online and an independent surveyor will be in touch within 2-5 working days to arrange a suitable time and date for the survey.

    We cannot give recommendations or a quotation for installation over the phone, the survey is required so we can provide the best service and advice for you.

    How Much Is The Survey?

    Our survey is priced at £25. However, the survey is fully refundable when you purchase a stove from Fires Direct for over £500, simply contact our sales team when ordering.

    What Areas Does The Survey Cover?

    Our surveyors work across the following areas. To check your area, or for more information, contact our team.

    • BL - Bolton
    • CW - Crewe
    • DE - Derby
    • HD - Huddersfield (Brighouse/HD6, Holmfirth, Huddersfield)
    • M - Greater Manchester
    • OL - Oldham
    • S - Sheffield (Barnsley, Chesterfield, Dronfield, Hope Valley, Mexborough, Rotherham, Sheffield and Worksop)
    • SK - Stockport
    • ST - Stoke On Trent (Stoke-on-Trent, Stafford, Leek, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Stone and Uttoxeter)
    • WA - Warrington
    • WN - Wigan

    Why Should I Get A Survey?

    Although you may know which stove you want or need, it is worth getting expert advice on whether this stove is the most compatible, safe and cost-effective for your home or room to save you time and money in the long run.

    Our surveyors are also able to give quotations for installation so you can be aware of the full cost of your stove and installation.

    With surveys being fully refundable if you purchase a stove over £500, you have nothing to lose!

    For more information on our survey contact our team, or purchase your survey today to receive free, impartial advice from industry experts.

  • Stove Help and Advice

    Purchasing a new stove can be a big decision and safety is paramount when having your new stove installed. Although there’s a lot of information out there on stove safety and efficiency some of it can be misleading and confusing. With this in mind, we’ve put together a checklist of points to consider when purchasing a new stove.

    Safety First!

    When purchasing and installing a new stove safety is paramount. It’s vital you ensure your stove fitter is a qualified and registered installer. Thankfully, there are authorised bodies that can help with this:

    Gas Safe Register: Gas registration is a legal requirement for anyone installing or maintaining gas appliances. Look out for the Gas Safe Register logo or check their website when looking for a safe installer of gas appliances.

    HETAS: Look for the HETAS Approved Registration Certification or check their website to ensure your installer is a safe, trained installer.

    Smoke Exempt Zones

    The Clean Air Acts of 1956 and 1968 were introduced to prevent smog that was caused by the widespread burning of ordinary house coal, meaning those in smoke-controlled areas, such as town and city centres, have restrictions on emitting smoke from the chimney when using a wood burner, therefore, it is paramount that you check whether you live in a smoke-controlled area.

    Defra Smoke Exempt, or Approved, Appliances can burn wood legally in UK Smoke Control Areas, thanks to their modified manufacturing that limits the amount they can be starved of air. This means Defra approved stoves produce minimum levels of combustion, can burn efficiently without producing unnecessary smoke and therefore comply to the Clean Air Act.

    With a Defra Exempt Appliance, you can be assured your stove is burning wood legally, safely and efficiently with minimal environmental damage. Fires Direct have a great range of Defra approved stoves available, just look for the Defra logo or browse our dedicated Defra Approved range.

    Tiger Inset Wood Burning DEFRA Approved Stove £494.99

    To find out if you live in a smoke-controlled area visit: www.uksmokecontrolareas.co.uk

    Is Your Chimney Fire Ready?

    If you don’t look after your chimney, or have the correct flue, your fire won’t burn efficiently and could be dangerous. Therefore, it is advisable to get advice form a professional installer to determine what stove is suitable for your chimney and to only purchase your fire and equipment from registered suppliers.

    What Fuel Do You Want To Burn?

    When deciding what stove or fire to purchase it is important to consider what fuel you would like to burn, the availability, cost and efficiency of this fuel. To find out more read our article on Multi-Fuel VS Wood Burning Stoves.

    All of these factors are important when considering which stove to purchase. Our team at Fires Direct will be more than happy to answer any queries and offer advice. Take our fully refundable service for catered installation advice and an installation quote!

    FireFox 8 Gas Stove Coal Effect £637.99

    After these practical considerations you can decide what style and type of stove is suitable for you. Fires Direct have a great range of wood, multi-fuel and gas stoves available to suit any size or style of home. Browse our collection now.

  • Quick and Safe Ash Removal

    Regular removal of ash from your solid-fuel fire helps to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide being released into the room and helps your fire to burn safer and more economically. Follow our easy steps to safely and quickly removal ash from your fire.

    1. Before de-ashing your appliance, empty the ash pan.

    Please Note: The ash should never touch the underside of the fire bars – ensure ash is removed regularly

    2.  Remove the ash pan and its contents from the room as soon as possible.

    Top Tip: An ash bucket or shovel is ideal for the efficient removal and transportation of ash from your stove but should not be left with ash in for long periods of time.

    The De Vielle Ash Safe is a safe and easy way to transport ash for disposal.

    3. Once emptied, remove the ash pan and securely refit the ash pan door.

    4. On an open fire, gently drawing a thin poker from the back of to the front of each fire bar should de-ash the fire. However, de-ashing should be carried out following the manufacturer’s instructions.

    Top Tip: To minimise the levels of un-burnt fuel falling into the ash, de-ash your fire or stove gently with minimal force.

  • Multi-Fuel vs Wood Burning Stoves

    Choosing between a Multi-Fuel and Wood-Burning stove can be difficult, but, our guide is here to help make your decision easier!

    Multi-Fuel Stoves

    Multi-Fuel stoves do exactly what they say: they burn multiple fuels, including coal, smokeless fuel and wood, making them ideal for those who want the flexibility to burn a variety of fuels, or for those who have limited access to certain fuels.

    However, different fuels burn differently. Coal requires air to reach it from below, while wood burns better on a small bed of ash, with air circulating from above. Consequently, multi-fuel stoves must be optimised to deal with this and ensure they can burn different fuels with equal efficiency and safety.

    With this in mind, it is ideal to look for a multi-fuel stove with a primary and secondary air wash control, such as the Firefox 8.1 Cleanburn Wood Burning / Multi-Fuel Stove featured below, so that you can control whether air circulates from above or below, depending on the fuel you are burning.

    Firefox 8.1 Cleanburn Wood Burning / Multi-Fuel Stove £421.99

    Wood-Burning Stoves

    Wood-Burning Stoves are a popular choice because the carbon dioxide released when burning wood is counter-balanced by the amount of carbon dioxide a tree absorbs when growing, making it a carbon-neutral, eco-friendly alternative to coal.

    Wood is also an easily sourced fuel and relatively cheap to source yourself. However, wood burns most efficiently and safely when it has been left to dry for around two years, meaning it can take up a large amount of space and be a time-consuming process. Alternatively, you can buy ready-dried wood, ideally with less than 20% moisture content, but this will cost considerably more.

    If you live in a smoke-controlled area it is essential to look for a stove that is Defra-approved, like the Tiger Inset Wood Burning Defra Approved Stove, then you can burn wood safely, legally and efficiently. If your stove is not Defra-approved and you live in a smoke-controlled zone, you will only be allowed to burn smokeless fuels. For more information on smoke controlled zones and Defra approval, read our article: What Is A Defra Approved Stove?

    Tiger Inset Wood Burning DEFRA Approved Stove £494.99

    Both multi-fuel and wood-burning stoves have a host of benefits and provide a warm, welcoming atmosphere for your home. Ultimately, the main deciding factor between the two is the type of fuel you wish to burn, the cost of this fuel and the availability. To find out more about fuel costs and availability, read our articles on Wood Fuels and Recommended Multi-Fuels.

    All stoves from Fires Direct, including wood and multi-fuel stoves have 10% off in our New Year Sale. Shop online today!

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