Stovax Studio Air Fire Range

Offering the ultimate in fireside luxury, the Studio Air is a brand new, Ecodesign Ready, range of wood burning stoves and fires from Stovax. This contemporary collection includes both Cassette and Freestanding fires that offer a variety of styling options to suit your interior.

This impressive range redefines heating with unparalleled design and performance.

Thanks to its striking looks and high efficiency, the Studio Air range, earned a place on the esteemed 2020 Build It Awards shortlist for Best Heating Product, and has been confirmed a finalist for the Homebuilding & Renovating Awards!

As mentioned, this wood burning range is available in two formats. Cassette versions, otherwise known as inset wood burning fires, offer a built-in fire aesthetic, while Freestanding versions can standalone as an eye-catching centrepiece just like a wood burning stove.

All fires in the Studio Air range go above and beyond the stringent Ecodesign standards, with state-of-the-art precision airflow combustion systems which ensure each model burns with minimal emissions. Plus, with each model DEFRA Smoke Control Area Exempt as standard, you have peace of mind that you can install a Studio Air in even the most urban of homes.

One of the many appealing benefits of the Studio range is the ability to opt for an external air kit. This kit allows combustion air for the fire to be supplied directly from outside your home, eliminating internal draughts and enhancing overall heating efficiency.

The result of over 40 years of British fire design and engineering, the Studio Air range offers the very best of British fire design and craftmanship. Every minute detail has been engineered to provide you with indulgence and comfort. The expert craftsmanship ensures that these fires demand attention, from coloured trims and designer frames, to contemporary bench-mounted installations. Whichever size or model you choose, there is a decorative trim to suit your interior in Black, White or Storm Grey.

Giving you even further scope for installation possibilities, you can choose an optional handle kit which allows you to opt for left or right door opening. This is useful if your chimney is situated in an awkward location in the room and only allows for the door to open a particular way.

In addition, Studio Air Freestanding models also feature built-in heat shields for reduced distance to combustibles – again expanding your installation options.

If you are looking to elevate your stove, Stovax Studio Air Freestanding models are compatible with a range of stove benches. These stylish steel benches are great for adding presence to your Studio Air Freestanding whilst provide a handy space to store logs below the fire.

Like the Freestanding versions, Studio Air Cassette wood burning fires also offer different mounting options to suit your home. Their versatile design allows them to be mounted either at hearth level or further up the wall, with various three-sided and four-sided framing options available for both types of installation.

Regardless of which model you choose, you are guaranteed a high performance from any Studio Air model. All fires and stoves have been designed to burn with high efficiency, and the entire range proudly boasts an ‘A’ energy class rating.

Along with their high efficiency performance, Stovax Studio Air wood burning fires offer state-of-the-art design technology. The user experience is at the forefront of the design. That’s why this new deluxe wood burning stoves and fire range features a single and easy-to-use air control, which requires only a light touch for operation. In addition to this, Studio Air fires also feature a rapid start-up boost mode, making it easier than ever to light a fire, even if your appliance is cold.

Whichever Studio Air fire option you go for, ensure you get the best service by contacting us today.  As an Approved Expert Retailer, we will be able to advise you on the most practical and aesthetically pleasing options for your particular requirements, alongside assisting with installation advice.

The BRAND NEW Stovax County Range

Looking for a new log burner? Then let us introduce you to the brand new, Ecodesign Ready Stovax County range of wood-burning and multi-fuel stoves.

Combining an advanced combustion system with a charming rustic exterior and timeless styling, these stoves bring both character and a practical heat source to your home. Suitable for modern and traditional homes alike, with an unmistakably utilitarian form, the County’s design blends original styling with clean lines and simple detailing. At home in any interior, these charming stoves look just as good in a country cottage as they do in a more contemporary setting.

The County range offers spectacular views of the flames and to ensure this stunning view is maintained, County multi-fuel and wood burning stoves feature powerful internal Airwash jets to prevent soot and ash from blackening the large viewing window.

As these stoves are DEFRA exempt as standard, meeting both current DEFRA smoke control requirements for towns and cities, as well as 2022 Ecodesign air quality targets, they are suitable for use anywhere in the UK and Republic of Ireland. Thanks to their innovative combustion systems, County stoves are also suitable for almost any home.

Primary and secondary air controls let you easily adjust the County’s heat output. Open all controls to ignite the fuel as quickly as possible, and once burning, switch back to normal running mode for optimum efficiency.

The County stove is available in two sizes, County 3 and 5, and both are available in multi-fuel stove options, which allow you to burn either wood or smokeless mineral fuels. Featuring an external riddling grate, County multi-fuel stoves let you effortlessly switch between logs or approved mineral fuels to suit your lifestyle. The larger stove option, the County 5, is also available as a dedicated wood-burner, should you wish to only burn logs.

Both the County 3 and 5 are designed for modern living, and can be installed with a discrete 12mm hearth. 12mm hearths differ from a thicker 25mm constructional hearth usually required for stove installations, giving you more versatility when deciding where to place your stove. Heaths this thin can also be made from various stylish materials such as tile or specially-designed glass for an added feature.

And as if that wasn’t enough, these stoves also incorporate a rear heat shield to reduce the space needed behind the appliance, giving you even greater freedom to choose where your stove is positioned in the room.

Contact us today to find out more about these wonderful new wood-burning and multi-fuel stoves. We can also help with any installation questions you might have and make sure you choose the right size stove for your home.

BBQ and Pizza Oven Dessert recipes

Get set to grill, roast, toast and dip at your next barbecue with these mouthwatering treats! With World Chocolate Day on the 7th July we couldn’t resist sharing these great recipes, featuring the world’s favourite treat, to help you celebrate.

Barbecues aren’t just brilliant for sausages and kebabs. After enjoying the main event, follow up with a seriously indulgent pud. Here we list 5 simple yet crowd pleasing recipes that can be made on your BBQ or in your pizza oven.

Chocolate Baked Bananas

A true retro childhood classic, these fruity treats taste fabulous and are great fun to make with the kids!

INGREDIENTS

  • Bananas (1 per person)
  • Chocolate buttons (the more the merrier!)
  • Vanilla ice cream to serve

METHOD

  • Heat pizza oven to 200C or around a 3 missippi.  
  • Make a slit through the skin of the bananas along one side – making sure you don’t cut all the way through to the other side. Poke in the chocolate buttons along the cut. Put each banana onto a sheet of foil and crimp the edges together to seal into a parcel. Transfer to the pizza oven or BBQ embers and cook for 15 mins until the bananas skins have turned black.
  • Eat direct from the foil (on a plate) and serve with a scoop of ice cream and any melted chocolate that has escaped!
  • Tip: Try adding chunks of chocolate, marshmallows or nuts for some extra tasty alternatives.

Cherry S’more Campfire Cones

INGREDIENTS (Makes 6)

  • 6 waffle cones
  • 100g fresh cherries, pitted and chopped, plus 6 whole, to serve
  • 250g pack chocolate chip cookies
  • 4 tbsp black cherry conserve or jam
  • 40g mini white marshmallows
  • 1 tbsp white chocolate chips

METHOD

  • Heat the barbecue or pizza oven.
  •  Stand the waffle cones in glasses and divide half the chopped cherries between them. Crush 3 of the cookies then divide the crumbs between the cones, along with half of the cherry conserve and mini marshmallows, pressing in gently.
  • Divide the remaining chopped cherries, cookies, conserve and marshmallows, plus the white chocolate chips, between the cones, gently pushing in the filling to stop it spilling out.
  • Wrap each cone in foil to enclose completely, then barbecue /place in the pizza oven for 5-10 mins, turning occasionally, until the marshmallows and chocolate have started to melt. Remove from the foil, decorate each with a whole cherry and serve immediately.

Marshmallow & Strawberry Skewers 

Nobody can resist a toasted marshmallow! Toast these marshmallow & strawberry skewers for a fun, sweet and sticky dessert.

INGREDIENTS

  • Large marshmallows
  • Strawberries, hulled (allow for 4 per person)
  • ½ x 397g can Carnation Caramel 
  • toasted hazelnuts or crumbled biscuits, for sprinkling (optional)
  • chocolate dipping sauce and hot chocolate (for serving / optional)


METHOD

  • Thread 4 long metal skewers with 5 marshmallows and 4 hulled strawberries each.
  • Carefully hold over a BBQ or pizza oven front, turning slowly, until the marshmallows are toasted.
  • Stir a pinch of salt into caramel and drizzle over the top. Sprinkle with hazelnuts or biscuits, if you like.
  • The marshmallows will be very hot, so allow to cool for a min or so before eating.
  • Tip: Try adding a drizzle of chocolate sauce, crushed salted crackers or experiment with different fruits such as mango, for that little something extra.

Baked Caramelised Peaches With Salted Nuts

INGREDIENTS (serves 4)

  • 4 tbsp maple syrup
  • 4 ripe peaches, halved and stoned
  • 25g unsalted butter
  • 25g salted mixed nuts, roughly chopped
  • Dark chocolate chips
  • Rich chocolate icecream, to serve (optional)

METHOD

  • If using the pizza oven preheat it to 4 Mississippi, around 220ºC.
  • Take two large rectangles of kitchen foil and drizzle the middle of each with 1 tbsp of the maple syrup. Place 4 peach halves, cut-side-up, nestled tightly together, in the middle of each rectangle. Dot the peaches with the butter. Scatter over the nuts.
  • Drizzle the remaining syrup over both sets of peaches. Wrap up tightly, then wrap with another piece of foil to secure (carefully keeping the cut side of the peaches facing upwards).
  • Place in the hot ashes of a barbecue or campfire or on in the pizza oven and cook for 20-25 mins. Unwrap and arrange into bowls, drizzled with the cooking juices and sprinkled with the chocolate chips. Add a spoonful of ice cream, if using.

Barbecued Doughnut Ice Cream Sandwiches

For a crowd-pleasing summer dessert, look no further than this barbecued doughnut ice cream sandwiches recipe. The title alone is all you need to know! Pick up a packet of doughnuts and a tub of ice cream and transform them into a decadent dessert that’s ready in 15 minutes. Hot smoky doughnuts, a touch of chocolate spread and cool melting ice cream – the perfect way to end a barbecue

INGREDIENTS (serves 5)

  • 5 ring doughnuts
  • 400g vanilla or chocolate ice cream
  • 200g chocolate spread

METHOD

  • Heat your barbecue to high, pizza ovens should be around 4 Mississippi / 220ºC.
  • Slice the doughnuts in half. Place on the barbecue, outsides down – cook towards the edges of the barbecue or oven, as this uses indirect heat so the doughnuts don’t burn.
  • cook for 2-3 mins until there are clear griddle lines on the outsides of the doughnuts or they begin to crisp. Use tongs to remove from the heat, place on a tray and leave to cool slightly.
  • While the doughnuts are cooking, take the ice cream out of the freezer to soften for 10 mins.
  • Add 2-3 small scoops of ice cream to the bottom half of each doughnut and evenly spread it around the ring. Spread each top half with a thin layer chocolate and press down lightly to squeeze the ice cream to the sides. Serve immediately.
  • Tip: Experiment with different flavours to build your ultimate ice cream sandwich. Swap the vanilla/ chocolate ice cream for strawberry or caramel, use caramel sauce or jam instead of the chocolate spread.

Electric Fires and Stoves

Why they’re so much better than you think.

When many of us think of electric fires, we think about the 3-bar type with a front grill that used to feature in our grandparents homes but, over the past decade, electric fires and stoves have quietly been undergoing a revival with some gorgeous modern designs to complement contemporary homes.  With this in mind, we’ve put together a guide to showcase the new era of electric fires and stoves plus reasons why you might want to choose one.

There are many reasons to choose a modern electric fire for your home. However, the purpose of this guide isn’t to try and convince you that a modern electric fire is suited to everyone’s home and lifestyle. We’re here to offer you our help, and advise, on what we believe are the main benefits of buying and owning a modern electric fire or stove. This will hopefully help you to make better, more informed buying decisions.

So, Why Choose An Electric Fire?

COSTS

The main advantage is cost.  Electric fires are generally cheaper to buy, run and maintain than other types of fire.

They rarely need parts replaced (even bulbs)! Most modern electric fire flame effects are produced with LED lighting meaning over the course of an electric fire’s lifespan (around ten years) you shouldn’t have to change any light bulbs. Also, the heat from a modern electric fire is generated from a simple element and fan system that very rarely breaks down.

So, as you can see a modern electric fire or stove has virtually zero maintenance cost. Gas fires need yearly serviced and generally will require replacement parts over their lifespan such as gas valves, oxi-pilots and fuel-beds. Multi-fuel and wood burning appliances require regular chimney sweeping and need replacement parts such as fire bricks and door rope. These tend to need replaced every couple of years. Electric fires don’t require a service and as mentioned above, rarely need replacement parts.

Generally, these appliances also have vastly cheaper installations than gas or a wood burning stoves too. A modern electric fire is very easy to install, they mostly just need plugged in and are set to go. Therefore, often there is no requirement for professional installation at all.

HOUSE SUITABILITY

Electric fires can be a great option if your house doesn’t have a chimney (you’d be surprised how many houses don’t!).  If you have a chimney and an electric fire, you won’t’ lose any heat up it either, making them a more efficient way of heating your room than a gas or solid fuel stove.

Because there is no actual fire, an electric fire is a great option if you live in an urban smoke control area. They also don’t produce gasses such as carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, or carbon monoxide, a dangerous gas to have in your home.

Electric fires also come in a huge range of designs giving you more choice for your home.

CHOICES

When choosing an electric fire, there are a lot of options to select from: Inset electric fires, wall mounted electric fires, freestanding electric fires and electric stoves.

Gas and multi-fuel fires and stoves have various regulations around what you can and can’t do in your home. For instance, if you’re fitting a gas fire, you’ll need a hearth that is bedded in on top of cement, it can’t sit on top of your existing flooring. There’s also your distance to combustibles to think about so you’ll need to be careful where the fire is situated and what type of material your fireplace surround is made from.

Electric fires don’t have these regulations as they don’t produce a real flame and therefore, hold no more fire risk than any electrical appliance. This means there is a huge variety of designs and materials to choose from.

A modern electric fire or stove can also be placed anywhere there’s power. With gas you either need a chimney or an outside wall so you can flue through to the outside. Wood burners either need to go through the roof or up and through a wall, extending up the side of the building to beyond the pitch in the roof. Electric fires don’t have these restrictions and can be situated in most places, offering up many more design possibilities.

SAFETY

Electric fires and stoves are a safer for children, the elderly and infirm as they don’t have a direct flame that can be touched. Furthermore, when the fire is on ‘flame effect only’ mode then there is no heat off the appliance at all. When the heater is turned on, the element and fan are fully enclosed behind a metal grill, making it much less likely that someone could be burnt.

The introduction of new regulations requiring electric fires (with heaters) to come with a built-in thermostat means that the heater will turn itself off once a certain room temperature has been met. This is a great reassurance for those who worry about elderly or less able family members.

ENVIRONMENT AND EFFICIENCY

No fossil fuels are being burned. Therefore, there is zero pollution produced from an electric fireplace.

Electric fires and stoves are 100% efficient. This simply means they output the same amount in heat as they take in as electricity. The most modern gas fires are typically around 75% to 85% efficient, meaning some heat loss is expected. Wood burning stoves are typically around the same.

Note: Whilst electric fires are more efficient, electricity is a more expensive fuel than gas and most likely more expensive than burning wood also. So, the heater part of an electric fire should be used sparingly in combination with your central heating. Most people buy electric fires and stoves as a feature, not as primary heating appliances.

MAXIMUM USAGE

Unlike gas or multi-fuel stoves, electric fires give out heat you can feel within a couple of seconds. Great for when you need a quick blast of heat to take the edge off the room temperature.

As previously mentioned, most people buy modern electric fires and stoves as a focal point or feature in their home. They don’t buy them simply as heating appliances. The reason for this is that the flame effect of the electric fire is separate to the heating element. This means you can have the ‘glow’ without the heat unlike gas or stoves where it only looks pretty when the appliance is on. With most electric fire flame effects now being LED based it is a cheap of way of adding ambient lighting and cosiness to your home.

THE CONCLUSION IS CLEAR

If you want the benefits of a real fire but with minimal fuss, an electric fire or stove is a simple way to add warmth to your home at the flick of a switch. They’re also a good alternative if you don’t have a gas supply to your home or if you want a cleaner and more environmentally friendly option than a wood-burning stove.

If you’re thinking about purchasing a fire or stove, why not give us a call and get some expert advice?

Statement Wood-Burning Stoves – Designed to be a Centrepiece

The best log burning stoves are not only a great solution for heating your home, but a characteristic focal point too.

A well-appointed house is something that every home owner seeks. You think carefully about every piece of furniture to ensure that your home is beautiful, comfortable and a reflection of your personality. Statement wood burning stoves are not just a block of black iron standing in the corner of the room. They have become beautiful conversation pieces, reflective of your style and could be better titled as an item of ‘heating furniture’. With many different styles to choose from, a modern wood-burning stove is the ultimate compliment to your interior décor.

Here we look at some of our most popular, statement wood-burning stoves available in our showrooms.

NORDPEIS ME

The Nordpeis ME was the Build It Awards 2019 winning stove, and it’s clear to see why. With a circular front and cylindrical body this stunningly unique stove demonstrates cutting-edge Nordic design and engineering in equal measure.

Few wood burning stoves offer so many inspiring fitting options, and the wealth of choice is testament to the ME’s versatile design. Choose from pedestal, steel log store stand, benches, or wall-mounted options – with stylish clear glass stands also available. There is even the option of a ceiling hung version, for an even bigger statement stove installation. Each mounting option transforms the ME, letting you choose the perfect combination for your home.

Discover more about this great stove HERE.

DOVRE VINTAGE

Quirky, distinctive and eye catching. The Vintage wood burning stove range by Dovre has not only been designed to withstand the arctic chill, but to deliver aesthetically too. With a modern, contemporary twist on the classic Scandinavian style this statement stove makes a subtle nod to the design trend of the 1940’s and 50’s with its vintage inspired, retro look. So, for those of you who are looking for that small spark within your traditional home, the Vintage wood burning stove range might be the perfect accessory for you.

See more images and information about the Dovre Vintage stove HERE.

STOCKTON 8 COOK STOVE

Perhaps not the most obvious choice in a list of statement stoves but this large, cook stove certainly knows how to impress. There are few things more homely on a chilly evening than the crackle of a fire and the comforting smell of cooking. The Stockton cook stove combines these two very things. It’s large, it’s comforting and, in any room, it takes centre stage.

A great addition to the kitchen or dining room, the Stockton wood burning and multi-fuel cook stove is specially designed with an integrated hotplate. Made from durable stainless steel, the stove’s top provides optimum heat transfer to pots and pans and is perfect for cooking multiple dishes on.

Find out more about the Stockton 8 Cook Stove HERE.

LOTUS CUBE

Form and function, attractive and efficient, the Lotus Cube. The Lotus Living brand is all about contemporary tones and a strong sense of style. When combined with the Cube, the Lotus Living wood burning fire raises these values to the highest levels as well as providing an attractive functional space in which to store your logs.

The Cube is colour matched to the fire in your choice of Phantom Grey and Alpina White. The Cube is also available as a closed steel cube with your choice of a black glass or steel backing.

Learn more about the Lotus Cube HERE.

PVR CYLINDER

Another beautifully designed statement stove is the PVR Cylinder stove.

For a stylish continental look there is a choice of a high and low pedestal stand for the PVR Cylinder stove. The cylindrical design means there is a 100% unrestricted fire view with no side window pillars, allowing you to see the fire from all around when fitted against a flat wall. There is no need for a swivelling base or a flue connector.

This stove refines the stove heating experience with maximised flame exposure. The thinking behind this eye-catching design is to showcase a pure, uncluttered panoramic fire view without compromise on glass width and height. In particular, the design is focused on eliminating fixed side window frames whilst providing 2022 Ecodesign Ready certified ultra-clean combustion. 

Discover more about this statement stove HERE.

How to Create the Perfect Outdoor Living Space

21st June, the magical date when summer officially begins in the UK. Time to get set for lazy days in the garden and making the most of your outdoor space.

Even the tiniest plot has big potential for summer living whether it’s a balcony, a patio or a tiny patch of lawn. Your garden doesn’t need to be the size of a football pitch to create an outdoor oasis. From vertical planters and herb towers to innovative seating solutions, no matter what size your space is here are some great ideas to help you maximize it’s impact and make it you own.

GET COMFY

You’ve opened up the shed, worked your way through the cobwebs and finally found the furniture. With any luck all it will need is a dust down and it will be ready for action! If looking a little worn, wooden furniture can be given a quick makeover with a lick of paint and some new snazzy cushions. Dare to be bold and add a pop of colour, the brighter the better!

If, however, you’re in need of some new outdoor furniture here’s our top tips on selecting what’s best for your space. Furnishing a small area can be tricky, it pays to think of the big picture, planning carefully to create a functional area with breathing space. Armchairs with

side tables will give the most flexibility for dining, entertaining and lounging without dominating in the way that larger pieces can. Stackable or folding, slimline seating it a great option that won’t take up too much of your valuable outdoor space either. Team your seating with garden cushions and soft blankets in either a bold accent colour or tones of green, for an up-to-date and stylish look to suit your tastes.

SET THE SCENE

Paint walls and fences to create a seamless boundary. Dark grey, dark green and black make dramatically stylish backgrounds for bright furniture and vibrant planting in a suntrap but a cooler, darker space may need a paler, warmer tone to see off any chill. In all spaces, think about texture and height. Going high with planting and climbers creates natural privacy and has the potential to add scent in summer if you chose fragrant plants such as honeysuckle or jasmine. 

Pots and planters are a wonderful accessory for your outdoor space. You can move them around, create areas and screens, you can even add a herb planter near your barbeque spot – both aesthetically delightful and practical. It doesn’t take up much room, it’s full of texture, fragrantand great for summer dining – so much nicer to be able to grab a handful fresh herbs as and when you need them. 

TURN UP THE HEAT

Welcome family and friends around the table again with one of our outdoor fires keeping everyone warm and comfortable. As they radiate heat not only are they a great insect repellant, but everyone will naturally gravitate to the inviting fireplace where they can extend their outdoor enjoyment into the night. An absolute must have accessory for any barbeque, outdoor celebration or gathering! Portable, stylish and easy to store when not in use. Check out our great selection of outdoor fires here: CLICK HERE

SWITCH ON THE LIGHTS

Add some outdoor lights, perhaps a lit water feature if you like the sound, and settle back into your own little patch of paradise as the days extend into the evening. Festoon lights and solar lamps will give your space a real feel of a living room outdoors.

PREPARE TO ENTERTAIN

There’s so much catching up to do! Cherish every moment and turn your garden into your favourite restaurant. Coordinate your tableware with your garden accessories, from the pitchers to the picnicware, make it fun. We can’t resist a quirky glass or plate!

For the main event, why not consider a pizza oven for your outdoor space. If you’re dreaming of eating alfresco dinners but not a fan of BBQ food then a pizza oven really could be for you and your family. Pizza ovens have the ability to turn any meal into an occasion. Fun, authentic delicious pizzas with unbeatable flavour and a great entertainer for kids and guests with everyone wanting a slice of the action! 

Read more about why a pizza oven might be ideal for your summer garden here: Pizza Ovens

And if your looking for some great garden activities we’ve got that covered too: 5 Ideas for Entertaining Outside Round Your Fire

What to Expect When You Visit us

We are OPEN!

And as we all adjust to another form of normal we thought it was high time we updated you with what to expect when you visit our showrooms. We’re loving having customers through the doors once again, nothing beats seeing actual people and people seeing actual products! From opening times to updated Covid procedures, it’s all here to help you plan your visits accordingly.

OPENING TIMES

Edinburgh Showroom

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10am – 4pm

Wednesday 10am-2pm

Saturday 10am-3pm

Dunfermline Showroom

Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm

Saturday 10am – 4pm

Please note there is no longer a need to book an appointment in advance.

COVID UPDATE

Like all businesses, we have protocols in place to maintain the safety of both our staff and customers. Regular cleaning is taking place throughout our showrooms, hand sanitiser is available and if either showroom is particularly busy at any given time, we may ask you to wait until a customer has left before entering. Masks must be worn when visiting unless exempt and we ask that you use the hand sanitiser when entering the showrooms too.

EXPERT ASSISTANCE

Now is the time to get inspired and our expert team are on hand to help you. There’s so many things to consider when choosing a new fireplace or stove and you’ll be full of questions. Don’t worry. This is what we’re here for. After almost 30 years we like to think we know what we’re talking about, so ask away. We’re always happy to guide you.

DID YOU KNOW…

  • We have been installing fireplaces and stoves for almost 30 years?
  • We provide a full suite of services – from choosing your perfect product, initial design, fitting and post installation clean-up?
  • We even take care of taping and plastering?
  • Our engineers are employed by us and are all Gas Safe and Hetas approved for your peace of mind?

At Living Fires we are so much more than just another sales showroom. We’re with you every step of the way.

EXTRA INFORMATION.

Installations have now re-started. Pre-lockdown we were booked up for installations around 6 weeks in advance, therefore we have been busy prioritising those that were due to take place at the beginning of the year.

If you are considering a fireplace or stove for your home do bear in mind we currently have a waiting list. It might be worthwhile considering booking in sooner rather than later so we can ensure you are ready and raring to go with the fireplace or stove of your dreams in time for Autumn rolling around again!

In home surveys have also now re-commenced. Again, we have a strict protocol in place to ensure that we maintain social distancing for both yours and our safety.

So what are you waiting for, come in and say hello, we’d love to see you!

How to Make and Cook Sausage Rolls in Your Pizza Oven

5th June officially marks Sausage Roll Day! And we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate this occasion than stoking up the pizza oven and cooking up some of these iconic British delights!

Yup, you heard us right! You can cook these ever popular pastry treats in a pizza oven! Cooking the pastry in a wood-fired oven really puffs them up and they’re a great party piece any time of the year. It’s still a bit of a secret, but there’s so much more than pizza you can cook in a pizza oven!

The recipe below creates a selection of artisan spiced sausage rolls, these additional ingredients can be omitted (cheese, marmalade, mustard, chutney, seeds) in favour of more traditional sausage rolls.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

Equipment:

A pizza oven with door

Baking sheet/tray

Baking parchment

A clean surface to work on

Sausage Roll Ingredients:

700g sausage-meat

2 sheets ready-made puff pastry

50g Parmesan cheese, grated

About 1tbsp orange marmalade

Roughly 1tbsp grain mustard

1tbsp fruit chutney

1 egg beaten

A few sesame seeds

Flour for dusting

THE METHOD

Step 1:

Fire up your pizza oven and clear out any embers once it’s well heated. Then pop on the door to allow the heat to stabilize. You want it to be around a 3 1/2 Mississippi temperature for cooking the sausage rolls. If you’re new to pizza oven cooking this YouTube video explains the Mississippi technique to tell the temperature in your pizza oven : CLICK HERE

Let the oven stabilise for around 15-20 minutes while you sort out the sausage rolls.

The door wants to sit snugly in the oven entrance, you don’t need to worry about smoke escaping as the embers are all out of the oven.

Step 2:

Divide the sausage meat into 4 and roll them out into sausages as long as the pastry. Roll lightly in flour to stop them sticking.

Step 3:

Roll out the 2 pieces of puff pastry so they are a bit wider than the rectangle they come in. Cut each rectangle in half lengthways. Put one of the sausage-meat rolls on each piece of pastry.

Step 4:

Brush the long edges of the pastry with water and put one of the ingredients – Parmesan, mustard, orange marmalade, chutney – along each of the pastry rectangles.

Step 5:

Seal the pastry edges together and roll so that the seam is underneath. Brush each sausage roll with the beaten egg, sprinkle over some sesame seeds, prick or slash the top and then cut into 3-4cm sausage rolls.

Step 6:

Put on a baking sheet lined with baking parchment and put them in the oven.

Bake the sausage rolls until the pastry is well puffed up and golden brown and the sausage meat is at least 68C when tested with a probe thermometer. About 10-12 minutes.

Step 7:

Take the sausage rolls out of the oven and cool slightly before serving.

This recipe has been adapted from a recipe published on Manna From Devon Cooking School’s #woodfiredweekly blog. For more great recipes please check out their inspirational page or have a look at our Top 5 Morsø Forno Recipes here.

Introducing the Brand New Gazco eStudio Electric Fire Collection.

New for 2021, this stunning designer collection from Gazco combines cutting-edge technology, with stunning flame effects. Perfect for media wall installations eStudio fires are not only stylish, ultra-realistic electric fires but they also boast a versatile, fit-anywhere format.

We’ll break it down, feature by feature, so you can see just why we’re so excited to be offering this just launched new collection.

ENCHANTING FLAME VISUALS

The eStudio electric fire range combines striking LED flame visuals with highly realistic fuel effects to create an eye-catching centrepiece in any setting. The eStudio’s flame effects can be customised to suit your mood, with three different combinations of varying tones and five intensity settings. Choose from a vibrant flame picture that casts a rich glow over a darkened room, or opt for some background ambience – great for when you’re watching a movie.

IMMERSIVE EMBER BED UP-LIGHTING

Bringing the fire to life, the eStudio’s Chromalight up-lighting system shines through the fuel bed and illuminates the log-effects from below. In addition to a natural amber glow, the eStudio’s up-lighting can be set to a range of different colours or the gradually changing Spectrum mode which transitions through each.

A CHOICE OF TRUE-TO-LIFE, GLOWING LOGS

For the utmost realism, sections of the log-effects glow when the fire’s Chromalight flames and ember bed are activated, just like real burning logs. All eStudio sizes come with a hand detailed log-effect but if you’re looking for something a little different the fire can be upgraded with optional Silver Birch log-effects, creating an alternative but equally captivating display.

DYNAMIC EMBER EFFECTS

To create the illusion of a real embers, the eStudio’s fuel bed is made up of blackened glass media, dusted with a realistic ash-like coating. When lit from below by the eStudio’s Chromalight systems, the fuel bed’s media glows and darkens in different areas, seemingly at random, for a ‘living’ ember look.

THERMOSTATIC HEATING

The eStudio features a 2kW thermostatic heating system, which can be programmed to warm your living room to a pre-set temperature. This ‘set and forget’ heating function lets you enjoy your eStudio’s visuals whilst the fire manages the heat. You can also turn off the heating system completely and enjoy the eStudio’s flame and lighting effects without any heat at all, if desired.

COMPLETE CONTROL

For quick and convenient control, this advanced electric fire comes with a Thermostatic Eco handset. This easy to use remote control puts the eStudio’s palette of visual effects at your fingertips. Adjust flames, up-lighting, and the eStudio’s optional LED Mood Lighting System without getting up. Featuring a thermostatic sensor, the Eco handset also gives you the freedom to set your desired ambient room temperature as well as program your eStudio for daily or weekly heating schedules.

OPTIONAL ATMOSPHERIC MOOD LIGHTING

In addition to the multiple flame effects and vibrant Chromalight up-lighting, the option to upgrade the eStudio with the LED Mood Lighting System extends its ability to create the ultimate ambience. Featuring the same 13 Chromalight colours as the eStudio fire itself, and all controllable via the with the fire’s Eco handset, the versatile Mood Lighting System can be placed almost anywhere you see fit and is a favourite for feature media wall installations. Position the flexible LED strip around the fire, under shelves, or even around a TV to provide atmospheric mood lighting.

SIZES

Presented in three sizes, 85r / 105r / 135r, these innovative, contemporary built-in electric fires feature a versatile design all offering up to 2kW of programmable heating.

OVERVIEW

With their mesmerising flame visuals, ultra-realistic hypnotising glowing ember and log-effects, and versatile design for easy installation, the Gazco eStudio collection offers some of the most enchanting inset electric fires available. Delivering atmosphere to your living room at the touch of a button.

  • Life-like, glowing ember bed
  • 13 fuel bed up-lighting colours and Spectrum Mode
  • Glowing, realistic log-effects
  • Optional Silver Birch log set
  • Programmable Thermostatic Eco Remote Control
  • Flame and fuel effect lighting can be enjoyed without heat
  • Ecodesign Energy Saving Features
  • Optional LED Mood Lighting System

Media Walls Explained

If you like to keep up with the latest popular interior ideas, you’ll be no stranger to the media feature wall trend that has recently been storming social media and the world of interior design. Whilst feature walls have been around for some time, media feature walls (often just called media walls) are a relatively new idea that have recently surged in popularity. But just what is a media wall, and can you build one in your home?

Read on to find out.

WHAT IS A MEDIA WALL?

Media walls have been around for a little while but, if our sales of wall mounted electric fires and the evidence we see in photos from our customers is anything to go by, they are becoming a huge trend.

These are essentially a wall that is specifically built to house your TV, other media devices (such as Sky boxes, games consoles and speakers) and an electric fire.

WHAT TYPE OF FIRE CAN YOU HAVE IN A MEDIA WALL?

Electric fireplaces. These are ideal for this kind of set up as they negate the worry of adverse effects from heat to your TV.

Some even offer the option of mood lighting, like the eStudio electric fire, which can be selected with an option LED Mood Lighting System that can be easily installed around a TV for colours that match the selection on the fireplace below.

DO YOU NEED A CHIMNEY BREAST OR FIREPLACE TO CONSTRUCT A MEDIA WALL?

To put it simply, no, not at all! Advances in the design and aesthetics of electric fires, coupled with the slimline styles of TV’s a media wall no longer needs depth for installation.

An increasing number of new homes are being built without fireplaces, and this has taken the media wall trend to the next level. Rather than fixing a TV to an existing wall, homeowners are increasingly building walls specifically to house both their TVs and electric fires to create a focal point in their living spaces.

Often, though not always, the building of a media wall entails creating a fake chimney breast out of stud walls. This serves several purposes, including:

  • Providing the depth to hide all associated wires within the wall.
  • Allowing for appliances to be recessed, creating a neat finish.
  • Adding character and a focal point to new-build living rooms.

HOW A MEDIA FEATURE WALL IS BUILT.

As mentioned above, a media feature wall is normally constructed from a stud wall. The stud wall effectively juts into the room in the way a traditional chimney breast would. It will usually be built from a wooden frame and plasterboard. The frame is customised to provide recesses that match the dimensions of the television and electric fire that will be inset within it.

All of the electrical work runs into the back of the stud wall so that the appliances can be plugged in and then slotted into place. The flush finish and absence of messy wires is one of the key attractions of wall mounted electric fires and wall hung TVs.

BENEFITS OF A MEDIA FEATURE WALL

We’ve already mentioned that you get to hide all the wires from the appliances out of sight within the wall. Another benefit is the space-saving potential. Yes, if you’re building a stud wall where there is currently nothing then it will take up some of your floor space. But if you want a fire and don’t currently have one, a media wall needn’t take up much more space than a TV stand but will tidily house the fireplace and a TV. And since electric fires and televisions tend to be slimline, there’s no reason for your new wall to have the depth of a traditional chimney breast. You can even incorporate additional storage into your media wall design integrating storage space such as shelves, cupboards and drawers.

If you are considering installing a media wall in your home and would like advise or more information, please contact one of our showrooms.

Edinburgh: 0131 657 2246

Dunfermline: 01383 724565

info@livingfires.co.uk