Tuesday, 28 July 2015

The UNIVERSAL Stove Grate - Adjustable replacement coal grate system for multi-fuel stoves

Finding replacement parts such as coal grates for older multifuel stoves can be difficult and often impossible if your stove is no longer in current production or the original manufacturer cannot be found.

Recently fitting these into Hunter wood burners, Esse Dragons, Kingfire, Bestfire, Warmking, Sunrain and many other multi fuel and wood burning stoves.

Internal sizes of stoves can vary a lot and you will find lots of coal grates with different length, widths and depths and heights - but rarely one that meets the criteria you need to fit your fire.

For this reason, we designed The Universal Stove Grate System - registered design belonging to www.naturalheating.co.uk

Our Universal coal grate is a modular system based on a waffle type cast iron grate. The nature of this allows it to be cut down by the fitter or anyone with basic diy skills to the required size using an angle grinder using cut off discs (available from www.engineeringsupplies.com) . 

In the pack, you will receive a set of 4 legs, cast iron front retaining bar and a cast iron waffle type grid / grate. The grate can be used without legs should you need to do so (in some stoves, grates sit on a ledge inside the stove) but holes in the grate allow you to position the legs wherever you require after cutting the grate to the required size.

This set is currently available in two size options - standard ( 300 x 300mm grate size) and large (457mm x 300mm). Appropriate length retaining bar is provided with each set, which can span the maximum length of the grate before altering. 

When legs are fitted to the grate it sits 90mm high to top of grate (excl retaining bar) or 65mm high if you cut the legs at the marked point. Nuts and washers are provided for fitting purposes.
The legs have an easy cut mark to make it easier to cut them down if required.

Likewise, the front retaining bar can also be cut down in length if required to suit and also bolts in through the holes in the cast iron base grate. If you don't need a retaining bar - simply leave it aside.
The retaining bar is 53mm high. Should you wish to fit this to your grate, and need to alter it - cut down to no less than 220mm length.


The above and below photos show attachment of the fuel retaining bar and legs to the coal grate.

If the back of your stove is angled inside. it is possible to cut diagonally across the cast iron waffle grid to make a grate which is a good fit. We would suggest that you first make a cardboard template and position this on top of the cast iron grid and mark with pen or chalk before you cut it.

Small Universal coal / multifuel Grate (max overall size 300 x 300mm) is £44.99
Large Universal coal / multifuel Grate (max overall size 457 x 300mm) is £59.99

Shipping for mainland UK, excluding Highland and Islands is £6.50. Other areas priced on request.

These can be purchased online from Naturalheating.co.uk
To order by phone, call us on 01953 452525

Check out our Ebay shop and Facebook page too ! 

PLEASE make sure you ALWAYS season / cure new cast iron parts as you would with new stove.

For best lifespan, NEVER burn wood and coal TOGETHER at the same time. This is what they do in foundries to melt metals and drastically shortens the lifespan of parts. Burn wood on a bed of ash (use a metal plate on top of the coal grate if it isn't a removable one) and coal / smokeless fuel on a coal grate with clear air space above ashes. Be sure to empty ash pans under coal grates daily and don't allow ashes to bank up under bars.

Coal grates, baffles and lining panels are classed as consumable spare parts.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Sperrin Stoves - Quality Multi Fuel Burners made in Northern Ireland

Sperrin fast becoming known as an up-and-coming producer of attractive, multi-fuel steel stoves.

Hand made by a small team of people in Northern Ireland, Sperrin Stoves make excellent quality products at a very affordable price. They are such lovely smiley people and a pleasure to work with.

Their range includes inset fires, fire doors and 5kw and 8kw multi fuel stove models. DEFRA exempt appliances are available for burning wood in smokeless zones. Their stoves and inset fires have an impressive 5 year guarantee on the body casing (which excludes consumable parts)

All stoves have been fully UK tested and Approved to comply with relevant C regulations and BS EN13240

Here at www.naturalheating.co.uk, we stock the full Sperrin range which are available to view in both our showrooms in Hamilton, Scotland (01698 821111) and Attleborough / Norfolk (01953 452525)

Unfortunately, Sperrin Stoves are not allowed to be sold online, but there is huge advantage in visiting us to view. We keep the full range in stock and it's no problem if you would like to purchase and take away.

Photographs are not always a good indicator of quality and we think that Sperrin Stoves really do need to be seen "in the flesh" so to speak. The door handles in particular FEEL fantastic. Their stoves have riddling coal grates, but are equally as good for burning wood. They are easily comparable to many high end brands, but at much keener pricing - so offer superb value for money.

Sperrin make two sizes of  stove - a 5kw nominal output and an 8kw nominal output. Both are available with a choice of black or stainless steel top and bottom vents. Raised log stores are available as an optional extra.

The Standard Sperrin stoves have a curved top to the viewing window, whereas the Novus style has a squared top to the viewing window.

Another fabulous product that Sperrin make is their FIRE DOORS. This is literally a front that can be diy fitted to the front of open fires. It gives you additional air control and the safety of a door (to prevent sparks etc). A fire door also increases efficiency of your burn - from around 20% with an open fire to 65%+ with fire door fitted

To view the range of Sperrin products, we can be contacted in Attleborough / Norfolk (East Anglia) on 01953 452525 (showroom is open 9am > 5pm from Monday to Friday and 9am > 12noon on Saturdays. Closed bank holidays)..... or 01698 821111 for our branch in Hamilton / Scotland - phone for viewing availablity.

Burley Stoves - The Most Efficient Wood Burners In The World !

Ideal for large open plan areas and barn conversions
Burley Wakerley stove - fitted in The Gamekeeper Inn, New Buckenham

Burley Fireball are the most efficient wood burning stoves in the world - boasting efficiency rates of up to a whopping 89.8%

The are quite simple / industrial looking units but have a mesmerizing flame pattern and large glass viewing windows. Once an owner of a Burley appliance, you'll never consider another make of burner. These stoves ARE designed as woodburners, but optional multifuel grates for burning small volumes of smokeless fuel / coal are available for the smaller Springdale and Debdale models.

Here at Natural Heating (in Attleborough / Norfolk, NR17 1QD) we have the full range of Burley wood burners in stock and on display in our showroom - which includes a lit Burley Wakerley which can be seen under fire.

Burley's range includes : 

Springdale - 3kw nominal, 4.1kw maximum heat output
Debdale  - 4kw nominal, 5.3kw maximum heat output
Hollywell - 5kw nominal, 6.4kw maximum heat output
Brampton - 8kw nominal, 11.7kw maximum heat output
Wakerley - 12kw nominal, 18.3kw maximum heat output

Of these stoves, the Springdale, Debdale, Hollywell and Brampton are all DEFRA approved - which means they are classed as suitable to burn wood in smoke controlled areas / smokeless zones.

Log bases are available for all models as an optional extra.

 Visitors are welcome to view and browse our extensive range of stock  in Norfolk (East Anglia) which includes Hunter Stoves, Sperrin Stoves, Mendip Stoves, Hergom, Evergreen, Termatech and more.

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Aspect and Acorn Stoves are BACK !

We've been waiting on the ever popular Aspect and Acorn stoves coming back into stock. These are now available again from our Attleborough depot for those who wish to collect - or by mail order from http://www.naturalheating.co.uk/ for those who don't !

These wood burning and multi-fuel stoves are ideal for smaller type rooms. They are also VERY popular with customers for static caravans and narrowboats. Offered at unbelievalbly cheap prices (currently under £200) these budget level stoves are highly sought after and stocks run out quickly. For something similar but heavier duty - have a look at the Crofter.

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Twin Wall Poujoulat Flue Pipes - FITTING PHOTOS

Free standing flue systems are commonly fitted to houses without chimneys where a wood burning or multi fuel stove is to be installed. This pipe comes in  sions and is quite quick to put together. The twin wall insulated sections (required for exterior use and passing through or near combustable materials) are compression joints. That means that they are dry joints and require no fire cement or similar to seal. In the brand we supply, standard locking bands are supplied with the pipes. Reinforced locking bands are available for a small extra charge where additional support is required.

The picture above shows the fitting of a Poujoulat TI twin wall insulated rafter support bracket. This can be fitted in several ways - either fixed to the roofing material or roof trusses. It can be adjusted to suit to suit various roof angles.

This picture shows the Poujoulat rafter support bracket from the side. You can see how it adjusts by sliding through the arc and tightens using wing nuts. After aligning the system, we like to remove the wing nuts and change to M6 nyloc nuts which guarantees that the system aliggnt can never move.

Lower down, a Poujoulat joist support bracket can be seen - looking through to a ventilated firestop on the other side of the ceiling.

Here you can see from the lower end of the flue system - where vitreous pipe connects to a Poujoulat twin wall insulated flue pipe section using an appliance connector. These are also available as increasing appliance connectors - ie from 5" vitreous pipe connecting to 6" twin wall insulated flue pipe systems. 

A Reinforced locking band for the Poujoulat twin wall insulated pipe has been fitted here at the last internal twin wall to twin wall joint. In conjunction with the rafter support bracket, 3 metres of pipe can be supported above this joint without the need for additional support such as guy wires.

Close up view of Poujoulat twin wall TI system joist support and ventilated fire stop plate shown in the loft space of a bungalow. Care should be taken to make sure that no joints fall in areas which are not accessible - such as in joist spaces or between roofing materials

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

It's Spring...... NOW is the time...

To get your chimney checked and swept !

I know it seems early, but leave it until August and any sweep worth his salt will have a large waiting list. It's best to have your chimney swept in (or just after) Spring ready for the forthcoming winter season. Avoid the man in the van from the Free-ads with no qualifications.  An accredited sweep such as a member of NACS will give you a certificate to show that your chimney has been properly serviced and is safe to use. If it is not, they will give a report stating condition and attention required. This certificate needs to go in your Home Owners Pack.

Also - if considering fitting a new stove ... it's worth getting someone out to survey and price now. Fitters generally only have a 2 > 4 week waiting time at this time of year. The good ones will be booked right up to Christmas for installations come August ! If you need contact numbers for recommended fitters in East Anglia, do let us know and we can forward these on to you.

Also - service your woodburning / multi fuel stove. Any worn or damaged rope seals, coal grates and liner panels should be replaced now. New cast iron parts will require seasoning burns - so it is a good idea to carry out these burns when your stove is not under heavy use.

Sarah-Jane Nash, http://www.naturalheating.co.uk/ , April 2010

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Changing Rope Seals on Stoves (Woodburning / Multi-Fuel)

There comes a point in time where (as part of general maintenance) you will need to renew the rope seals on the door of your stove behind the glass and where the door meets the stove body.

These ropes are made of glass fibre. Some people - such as myself - may find they have an allergic type reaction to handling the rope and it can make your skin itchy. Wearing gloves is therefore advisable in these cases.

When old rope is coming away it should be replaced with new rope of the same diameter. It is essential not to use too thick a rope as this could put too much pressure on door hinges. It is also important not too use too thin a rope, or you may not get a gas tight seal. If in doubt, ask the original stove supplier which diameter of rope you require for your stove model.... or take in the entire door to a stove shop.

Most stove doors are easily removable. If you can remove the door, it will be much easier to replace the rope if the door is on top of a flat surface. For these photographs, I am replacing the rope behind the glass of my Abbey wood burning and multi-fuel cast iron stove.

I have taken some wire wool and rubbed over the groove that the door sits in. I have also then wiped off any loose soot or deposits from the groove. Apply the stove rope adhesive right round the groove. Carefully lay the new rope into the groove and press in lighly. Do NOT stretch the rope.

If the rope is for under the glass as above, the glass can now be placed on top. Tighten the fixing screws and glass clips back up to hold the glass in place. Take care not to over tighten - you want firm pressure, but not too tight. If you over tighten, the glass may break as the metal expands when you light your stove. Double check that the rope is cushioning the glass from the cast iron. It's very important that the stove glass is not in direct contact with the iron.

For a door seal, allow approx 10 > 15mins for the stove rope to set and then put the door back on the stove. The stove can now be put immediately back into use.

If you have just replaced the rope behind the glass, double check the tension of the screws after the next fire to make sure they are not too loose.