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Win a bucket of Flamers with Certainly Wood & H is for Home

For this month’s competition, we have a fantastic prize that you’ll use all year round. We’ve teamed up with Certainly Wood to offer one of our readers a bucket of Flamers firelighters.

Small pile of flamers on their box | H is for Home

We’ve been trialling these Flamers recently and we can really sing their praises. They’re a wonderful product – renewable, untreated wood shavings dipped in refined wax. They have a long burn which makes lighting fires easy and reliable. Also, there’s none of the harsh, chemical aromas that you get from other types of firelighter.

Flamer igniting with kindling | H is for Home

And as if that wasn’t enough, they actually look great too. They’re attractive additions to the fireside in the same way a basket of logs gives a natural, cosy look to a room. In addition to wood burners and open fires, they’re also perfect for barbecues and pizza ovens. We’re complete converts and won’t be using anything else in the future.

Bucket full of Flamers in front of our wood buring stove | H is for Home

To enter, simply tell us in the comments section below how you usually light your fire or barbecue.

Bucket full of Flamers in front of our wood buring stove | H is for Home

Bucket of Flamers fire lighters

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Gimme Five! Woodburning stoves

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selection of 5 woodburning stoves | H is for Home

Yes, we know that according to the Met Office, June 1st is officially the start of summer. Yes, we’re featuring woodburning stoves… in the summer. Have you ever tried to get a chimney sweep or heating engineer to make a house call after October? June is the BEST time to get your chimney swept or a fire fitted or serviced!

We finally got the new fire in our kitchen installed in April by Burnley-based Acorn Chimney Sweeps – it had been sitting on the hearth for over a year, waiting for our insurance company to give the go-ahead. We were so impressed by their knowledge and level of service that we have booked them in to install a small woodburning stove (or multi-fuel stove to be exact) in a room on the top floor where we spend a lot of time in the evenings. Even in the summer they have a 6-week waiting list.

We’ve been given some basics about regulations and health & safety we need to bear in mind when choosing a stove. Anything that blasts out more than 5kw means we need to have a vent fitted – our house has foot-thick stone walls so that would be a job we’d rather not undertake. There needs to be a gap of at least 6 inches either side of the stove to the fireplace walls and 12 inches of hearth to the front.

We like a plain façade; no fancy, carbuncle-like ‘decoration’. We considered a pot belly stove but decided against it because we like looking at the flames through the glass door and the way light & shadows hit the walls and ceiling in the room. Bearing that in mind – and good looks as well, of course – we’ve made ourselves a short-list. Do you think some of them look like they have a face? Apparently there’s a word for that – pareidolia! 🙂

  1. Villager 4kw Puffin multi fuel stove: £434.79, Amazon
  2. The Hobbit stove: £475, Salamander Stoves
  3. Woodburning stove New Broseley SilverDale 5kw: £345, eBay
  4. Aarrow AACOR4 matt black Acorn 4 multifuel stove: £539.00, Direct Stoves
  5. Adam AX1 4kw multifuel stove, black: £348, FireplaceWorld

Gimme Five: Dustpan and brush

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selection of 5 dustpan and brush examples

The temperature dropped this week so we lit our fire for the first time this year. An essential part of having a real fire is a good dustpan and brush. It’s only a humble object, but if you’re going to use something everyday, it makes quite a difference if it does the job well – and looks good too preferably. Here are some favourites from our recent search.

  1. Stainless steel & beechwood dustpan with beechwood & horse hair brush – £21.95, Myriad Natural Toys & Crafts
  2. 2-piece dustpan & brush set – £4.99, Westfalia
  3. Child’s dustpan & brush – £10, Objects of Use
  4. Beechwood & stainless steel dustpan with beechwood & horse hair brush – £59, Skillman & Sons
  5. Sweeper & dustpan – prototype, Jan Kochański