Top tips on wood burning stoves to create a cosy and stylish space.
It’s still officially Winter right?
How are you coping with that lingering chill in the air?
I don’t think I’m doing very well with it.
I’ve just recovered from the Flu.
For days like those, I wished I had a warm cosy spot to huddle at.
Have you, like I, been feeling Instagram envy when seeing all those wood burning stoves in other people’s homes?
When I was asked to peruse Arada’s gorgeous collection of wood and multi fuel stoves, I was more than happy to indulge.
I must admit, I was transported to dreamland when I browsed their collection, imagining how I would style each stove in my home.
Obviously, it’s not just the practicality of heat provision and the feeling of cosy that got me hooked.
I was drawn to it for the impact it made as a design statement, and even better, it could add value to my home.
There are so many styles to pick from. I love the freestanding ones ( image above).
They look great in an open space, juxtaposed against a statement coloured wall and neutral tone floor.
I think its simple and elegant design enables it to fit into any style of home.
It would look equally good in a pared back Scandi room, as it would in an industrial style loft apartment, or the inglenook fireplace of a more traditional home.
I can visualise the stove in a boho theme room too, complete with greenery and textured Moroccan rugs.
Can you visualise it too?
If you have an empty hearth at home, then you could inset an Arada stove into that space.
Above is one of their timeless classic collection stoves called Ecoburn Plus.
It has a large viewing glass with a special airwash system that prevents soot from settling, so you get a constant clear view of those dancing flames. That’s a lovely sight to have right?
I think many people, including myself, want to, but may feel uncertain about installing wood burning stoves at home.
The common questions raised are : will it be easy to install, will it heat well and does it affect the environment?
After sifting through the information provided, I now feel totally at ease. Here are the answers to some of those questions:
1. Will it be easy to install?
You’ll be relieved to know that you don’t need to install it yourself, and probably shouldn’t unless you are a registered installer of wood burning stoves. You can call upon a specialist installer, part of the registered competent person scheme, to safely install the stove. They will be able to educate you on how to use your appliance too.
To keep the stove functioning well, Arada advises getting your chimney swept at least once a year and have your stove regularly serviced.
I’m also reassured by the fact that these stoves have a ‘built to last’ guarantee, some with a lifetime guarantee too.
2. Will it heat well?
I found out that Arada stoves are 3 times more energy efficient than an open fire. That’s great to know, because energy efficiency means reduced fuel costs.
It’s a win-win situation right?
3. Does it affect the environment?
Arada has a choice of wood burning and multi fuel stoves. They offer Ecodesign Ready options with reduced emissions and also stoves that are suitable for UK Smoke Control areas.
Picking the right type of wood is important for energy efficiency. Naturally air dried firewood with a moisture content below 20% is best. As wood is a renewable fuel, it is kinder to the environment. It’s advisable to look for sustainably sourced wood.
There are also cleaner burning smokeless fuels that can be used nowadays with these modern day stoves.
Arada has a patented Flexifuel system too that ensures the wood or solid fuel burns efficiently.
Talking about wood and fuel, the storage of wood is a decor feature on its own.
I love how the Arada wood burning stoves come with dedicated log stores and stands for stylish display.
The stove above is part of Arada’s contemporary collection called the i600 Slimline Freestanding.
I can’t believe I left my favourite topic “Colour” till last. Arada stoves come in a range of colours to suit all tastes. I believe there are 7 available colours.
This is one of the more popular Arada stove models, called the Farringdon, which also boasts an impressive clean burning credential, exceeding the new 2022 European regulations and meeting the stricter North American EPA low emission levels.
So, what do you think? Would you be investing in a wood burning stove? After writing this post, I’m now seriously tempted to replace my open fire place with a stove.
Finally, wishing you a warm and cosy February.
( This is a paid partnership post with Arada Stoves. Arada provided me with the photography. All opinions stated in this post are my own).