The Best Recommended Fuel For Multi – Fuel Stoves

peat_briquette_419Do you have a multi-fuel stove? If your answer is yes, then you have two options of heating your home, you can either use coal or wood. Are you asking yourself which is the best option?

Well, you are probably wondering which fuel will work effectively. The truth of the matter is you can’t use both wood and coal together or they will spoil the stove lining.

If you really want quality warmth in your home, then you need to always use the best fuel. There are varieties of fuels to choose from.

Take a look at some of the best smokeless fuels.

Smokeless fuels are environment-friendly in that they don’t pollute the environment. It is recommended that you use fuels that are smokeless to avoid health complications that are caused by smoke. Using fuels that don’t produce smoke will enable your stove to last longer. If you want to use coal, just use the one that is smokeless and it will definitely work effectively when heating your home.

Most local authorities these days insist on the use of smokeless fuels, which helps to reduce smog and harmful particles in the environment, as these are known to build up in the lungs and cause health problems.

The best smokeless fuel is premium stove fuel. It has a long burn time, it is very easy to use and has high heat. This type of fuel is packed in bags of both 50 and 20 kilograms. So you can buy any amount at your own convenience. Below are other types of smokeless fuel you can use in your home:

a) Peat Briquettes
This is another recommended fuel for your stove. It really burns efficiently to provide warmth for your home. Peat Briquettes are also a smokeless fuel and has been used for decades. They also have a long burning time, which gives your home heat for hours. This type of fuel is best for your stove. It burns efficiently, is a green option, and readily available.

b) Loose Briquettes
This is another type of smokeless fuel to use in your home. If you really want quality fuel, then this is also one of the best. Some of its features are that it is suitable for stoves, it is quick to light, it is very easy to use and it burns much hotter than wood, and with less mess to clean afterwards.peat-briquette-fire

c) Peat Nuggets
If you want an alternative to coal, then you can choose this smokeless fuel. It is well packed in bags of 40 or 50kilograms. It is also a smokeless fuel that is very easy to use and quick to light. You can use it in your home as it has consistent quality and produces the warm flame. It has an amazing feature whereby it burns hotter than firewood.

As mentioned earlier, smokeless fuels are the best and most recommended type of fuel. Now that you have the information at hand, you can choose the best fuel for your multi- fuel stove. It is very important to note that multi fuel stoves are designed to use coal.

Gone are the days where wood was used and, therefore, it is intelligent to smokeless coal. It is worth noting that the use of normal house coal for your stove can damage your stove very quickly. This is not recommended but the aforementioned smokeless fuel will greatly help you.

Never be tempted to use a fuel that is not recommended by your manufacturer. As you can see there are several options, so you are not just limited to one fuel type, but if you try using a non recommended fuel then you could be looking at an expensive repair going forward. Just a word to the wise.

If you are unsure as to what fuel your multi fuel burner is able to use, a call to your local HETAS installer will get you all the information you need. Our house already had a multi-fuel system in place when we moved in. Not knowing the type of fuel we were able to use, I called our local multi-fuel installer and he inspected our system and gave us all the information we needed to get up and running the same day.

If you have a multi fuel stove, and have an tips on operation or whole house heating for example, please contact us and let us know. And just to give you that warm feeling inside, check out the video below of a nice fire burning peat logs.

Types of Eco-friendly Insulation and Their Benefits

download (1)If you are looking to insulating your home, it is always advisable to look for eco-friendly home insulation materials. You really care about your surroundings and the lives of your loved ones, so using green home insulation materials is the way to go.

Insulation helps your home maintain moderate temperatures. It also helps reduce your heating and cooling bills. In fact, it is the most crucial thing you can do to your home so as to save on energy bills.

Why Should You Go Green?

The market is full of home insulation materials, but not all are advisable to use. Remember it is your home where you, your children and pets live. So, if you happen to choose insulation materials that have a negative impact on the environment the place will not be conducive at all. It is, therefore advisable to choose eco-friendly home insulation materials.

If for instance you have a new house, consider adding as much insulation as possible into the walls. For an existing home, the addition of insulation to finished walls can be somehow difficult. But in either case, consider choosing insulation that is best for you and your loved ones. If the insulation is thick, then your home will be more energy efficient. If there are many spaces in the walls, you have to add a lot of insulation that will properly fit inside. It is also advisable to insulate the roof so as to reduce the amount of heat that escapes via the roof to the cold outside.

You will see from the list below that there are several recommended types of recommended green insulation, and some are easier for the novice to install than others. Some require a professional company with dedicated equipment, for the less confident home owner, some of the other materials are best installed by a local builder or handyman service, and the rest can easily be installed by the average DIY home owner.

Check out this news report to see an entrepreneurial company making green insulation from an unexpected source:

There are 5 common types of eco-friendly home insulation and these are outlined below:

1. Blanket or Batt Insulation

This one comes in the form of bats or rolls. In most cases they have fiberglass, but you can also find batts that are made from natural fibers, such as cotton and wool. Common cotton insulation is made from used blue jeans, which makes it blue in color but green in execution.

2. Loose-fill Cellulose

This is made from recycled newsprint, which is treated with natural chemicals in order to make resistant to fire. Note that cellulose is free from formaldehyde and is one of the best eco-friendly home insulators.

3. Spray-in Foamsdownload

These are usually made from natural soy. They are healthier and offer a myriad of benefits. Conventional spray foam has no formaldehyde or any other environmental hazards.

4. Aerogel

Nowadays, arerogel is obtained by removing the liquid from silica under high temperature and pressure. The material left is very light and almost 90 percent of it is air. Due to its molecular structure, it makes it hard for heat to pass through. As an insulation material, aerogel comes in sheets that can easily be tacked onto the studs in a wall. Although this type is somehow expensive, it offers the best green insulation.

5. Rigid Polystyrene

This is a wonderful home insulator. It is considered green because it helps save a lot of energy. Polystyrene insulation comes in rigid foam boards, which make it very easy to insulate any part of building, right from foundation to the roof.

Renovate To Add Value To Your Home

repair-menuSo you’ve decided to make some renovations to your home in order for you and your family to live happily and comfortable. Or maybe to sell it. Either way, that’s wonderful. Renovating your home is one sure and perfect way to boost the value of your home. But not all home improvements will be able to assist you achieve that. You need to identify and pick those that bear tons of potential to make your home increasingly valuable. So here’s where you should begin.

• Added living space

Outdoor living space has always been a catch for many. Your family’s living space should certainly go beyond the inside. By just adding an outdoor space to your present living room, you’ll be able to attract plenty of friends, family, and other interested people.

It can be in the form of a newly constructed deck, a screened-in porch or an over deck ceiling system. Such investments have been shown to add tremendous financial value to the home, besides boosting its appeal. You can consult an expert on more ideas to incorporate here.

• Kitchen renovation

You’ve often heard many people refer to the kitchen as the heart of the home. Well, it certainly is. Investing in it always pays off in many ways. Old tiles, damages counters, beat up appliances are always a huge turn off not only for you and your family but potential buyers as well.

So begin by having more counter space, replacing your old windows, or going for a bigger breakfast nook and fitting gourmet style appliances inside. Also, add all manner of carousels plus space-saving gadgets as they all make worthwhile investments. If it’s a little small, open it up into another room as open plan kitchens are always appealing and more sociable. All these will add massive value to your home.

• Updating your overall property

This is perhaps the place that should be foremost in renovating your house. You can begin by replacing or repainting your tired old windows and door. That includes your internal doors too. Not forgetting the handles. Always incorporate modern and well-designed handles. All these will tremendously improve the aesthetic value of your home and give an impressive first impression.

• Bathrooms

The bathroom has for long been an excellent choice for adding value to your home. As a homeowner, you’ll certainly fall in love with a walk-in-closet or a good looking new bathroom. One amazing option is to have it upgraded to a Jacuzzi tub. Many buyers will also fall in love with this appeal.

Also, revamp your tiles. Get rid of old grout and re-grout it. You can also add elegant sinks as well as use eco-friendly paints. All these will significantly boost the value of your home.

• Reinventing a room

Do you have some extra space that you feel is unused? Well, you can reinvent it and utilize it for other purposes. The space in an attic or a basement is most of the times underutilized. So come up with excellent ideas of how you might use them as this will give your property a hike.

In conclusion, renovation doubles up as a much more cost-effective way to add value to your home. If you do it right and put to good use all the practical information we’ve discussed, then you’ll have plenty to be happy about regarding your home. But never forget that it is first and foremost your home. Keep in mind the added value and kerb appeal that your imporvements might bring, but remember too that it is your home, that you do most of your living, sleeping and relaxing here. Think of yourself first, and your added value second.

We will cover some easy and inexpensive ways to add value, saleability and comfort later in this blog, so keep checking back with us, and of course feel free to send any ideas that you may have so that we can include them here. Just use our contact page and get in touch.


The Basic Concept

142112-425x282-interior-design-samples-and-toolsI thought I should explain just a little about improving, renovating and applying interior design to a house. Its what makes a house a home. It’s all well and good fixing and restoring, stopping the roof leaking and draught proofing the windows, but in the end, when all the fixing is done, your need to turn the house into a home. That is where interior design comes into it’s own.

But just what is interior design? The New York School of Interior Design says
“Interior design is all about how we experience spaces. It’s a powerful, essential part of our daily lives and affects how we live, work, play, and even heal. Comfortable homes, functional workplaces, beautiful public spaces—that’s interior design at work.

The best interior designers make it look easy, crafting spaces that anticipate our needs and appeal to our emotions, but in reality a broad set of skills and technical knowledge is required.”

I couldn’t have put it better myself. This video also puts it in a nutshell…

Todays interior designers are able to work alongside customers, architects, contractors and other business owners. They are able to take into account the space, style, architecture and safety of any living space, and work with many types of materials, such as fabrics, lighting, furniture and textiles.

That is why I hope that this blog will be enlightening to many people in many different ways, from the technical repair and renovate aspect of renovation, to the subtle and intangible design elements.

Happy reading!