Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Wood burning stoves in cities

Wood burning stoves are becoming increasingly popular with our customers, but many people assume they can't have a wood burner if they live in the city.

This dates back to the Clean Air Act which regulates smoke emissions in built-up areas and created zones where only smokeless fuels could be burnt.

However, now the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (known as DEFRA) has started a scheme to approve certain wood burning stoves which have an advanced system of eco-engineering. These stoves are very environmentally friendly, as wood is a renewable and sustainable energy source.

What's more, many of these stoves look fabulous and can provide a great focal point for any home.  We stock a huge range of stoves, including many DEFRA-approved wood burners, at Westcombes -  so do come and have a browse!

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Hearth and Home Exhibition

We spent the day on Tuesday at the annual Hearth and Home Exhibition in Harrogate - a long way to go for a day from London, but a fascinating opportunity to find out more about all the latest ranges of stoves and fires coming to the market.

We're intending to increase our range of stoves for the busy autumn season to ensure that we can offer you a wide choice of all the best products on the market, and we saw a number of interesting new lines that we are considering bringing in to our showrooms.

It was also a great opportunity to catch up with lots of our existing suppliers and to talk about how they are planning to improve and extend their ranges.

So, all in all we're looking forward to an exciting autumn ahead!