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  1. I get all my wood from a local arborist and process it myself which costs me £320 a year. This is the most cost effective way for me to run my burners and lets me control log size and seasoning as I keep myself a year ahead.
  2. I have gone with the Stovax and feel confident that it will be a great stove. I did discuss my concerns with the stove shop and they made a very good point that Stovax are one of the biggest stove/heating manufacturers in the UK so naturally sell more units which generates more positive/negative reviews. Plus reading a lot of the negative reviews, I think a lot could be down to user error.
  3. Running two stoves and get through about seven cubes a winter. But will be increasing that once the third stove gets installed in Feb.
  4. Hi all, I’m in the process of purchasing a Stovax Studio 500 freestanding stove but due to it being a new model, there are hardly any reviews on it. What I am coming across are a lot negative reviews on Stovax’s other stoves. Has anyone got a Stovax and can provide some feedback on it? Thanks
  5. Contemplating the Stovax Studio 500 Freestanding with the bench. Just waiting for a survey to see if it can go where I want it to go.
  6. Everyone on this forum should have the knowledge about burning softwood. It’s Mr Joe Bloggs that doesn’t and will consistently demand hardwood because that’s what they’ve been told. No amount of education will change their mind until the stove manufacturers change their guidance. Some of the other guidance on the Jotul site also recommends that you should only buy kiln dried logs!!!
  7. Another stove manufacturer pushing the only burn hardwood message, this time it’s Arada: “We would always advise using seasoned hardwoods such as Ash, Beech or Oak, as opposed to softwoods such as Pine or Spruce. Hardwoods burn for longer and emit less smoke, but are more expensive than softwood” https://www.aradastoves.com/pdf/literatures/arada_guide_to_burning_wood_web.pdf
  8. When you converted your stove, did you just literally take out the grate? Have you got any before and after photos as I’d be interested to do this as well.
  9. I’m a customer and lucky enough to have the space for about seven/eight cubes. I process all my own wood and keep myself 12 months ahead as I use wood for my main heating source. But unlike most, I enjoy it and see it more of a hobby than a chore.
  10. Splitting some old London Plane yesterday, it nearly broke me!
  11. Stumbled across this Jotul guide today actively telling log burner owners to only burn hardwood and never burn pine. I know a lot of you struggle to convince customers to burn softwood, but to have the "hardwood only mentality" being enforced by a major stove producer is a bit of a shock. Extract from the guide: Trust in Hardwoods Different woods burn in different ways and hardwoods have proven to be among the best sources of heat for any wood burning stove. Hardwoods provide a dense wood structure when properly seasoned, and burn for much longer than the loose structure of soft woods such as pine and spruce. Oak and Elm are great Hardwoods, but can be difficult to burn within the unit as their density structure is sometimes too tight to burn. Some of the best choices include; Crab Apple, Hornbeam, Ash, Beech, and Hawthorn. These woods have proven over time to burn the best without too tight of an interior structure. Some new wood stove owners attempt to burn pine as the wood is cheap, but Pine should always be avoided as the wood builds up harmful deposits within the flue. Overtime, the use has been known to cause fires. The wood is ideal for outdoor fires only as there is no risk of the harmful buildup in the great outdoors. Full guide can be found here: https://jotul.com/uk/guides/how-to-buy-the-right-logs-for-your-wood-burning-stove
  12. I can’t see how the selling of wood under 20% could ever be regulated. I think what is required is more education on how to properly use a stove. As someone that doesn’t work within the industry but enjoys the whole process of burning wood, I made sure that I knew how to use my stoves correctly. I process my own wood and keep myself two years ahead but I know most people buy as and when required. The other issue is choking down the stove and not burning efficiently. I think Norway are having similar issues with pollution from burners and they’re going down the re education route.
  13. The consultation has started and the call for evidence is open for the domestic burning of coals, solid fuels and wet wood. The survey closes on the 27th Feb and can be found here https://consult.defra.gov.uk/airquality/domestic-burning-of-wood-and-coal/
  14. Okay thanks, didn’t think they sold round timber (just logs). I’ll ask for a price.


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