At home by the fire

At home by the fire

At home by the fire is a guest blog written by Emily and Rob Inman with the purpose of giving an insight into life living with a Wood burning stove.

Ignite Stoves & Fireplaces supplied and installed their Charnwood Arc stove into their beautiful central Lincoln home in September 2016. Since installation the young family have been documenting their experiences and sharing with us all what life is like, living with a wood stove.

Spring Time Hygge

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I haven’t spoken about Hygge for ages. You know that wonderful Scandinavian way of life which is all focused around warming comfort. The ideal cosy life which stirs up all those lovely feelings deep inside you. Well I think it’s because we have passed out of what we would traditional see as the Hygge period and into a time where winter’s cold is becoming a forgotten thing. It only takes a good few days of blue skies and sunshine to get us all feeling better, but that in itself got me thinking: Where’s my springtime Hygge?

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The Fire Wood Poem

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Beech-wood fires burn bright and clear
If the logs are kept a year;
Store your beech for Christmastide
With new-cut holly laid beside;
Chestnut’s only good, they say,
If for years ’tis stored away;
Birch and fir-wood burn too fast
Blaze too bright and do not last;
Flames from larch will shoot up high,
Dangerously the sparks will fly;
But ash-wood green and ash-wood brown
Are fit for a Queen with a golden crown.
Oaken logs, if dry and old,
Keep away the winter’s cold;
Poplar gives a bitter smoke,
Fills your eyes and makes you choke;
Elm-wood burns like churchyard mould,
E’en the very flames are cold;
It is by the Irish said;
Hawthorn bakes the sweetest bread,
Apple-wood will scent the room,
Pear-wood smells like flowers in bloom;
But ash-wood wet and ash-wood dry
A King may warm his slippers by.
Originally By Lady Celia Gongreve (Slight Adaptation)

Wood Storage Is Always Changing

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It is safe to say we are most suprised by the ammount of wood we have used since instaling the fire. We always knew we would get a storve but for the last 3 years it was very much only a plan. In that time though we built a wood store and started collecting. We had Three years of collected dry wood ready to burn untill we found out that you really need split wood to burn best. So Rob started the process of cutting every sacked log up to more approriate sized logs for the fire. Obviously this wasnt an activity to do at once, over the winter he has just removed and replaced as he has worked his way through. However now, with less wood we have become our most organised with it.READ MORE

Decorating your home for spring.

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I am a really big lover of having fresh flowers at home. One thing I have really noticed over winter is that the flowers and the fire do not like each other. It is safe to say that the downstairs to our home has never been warmer and because of this my usual abundance of fresh flowers has been dramatically cut as I noticed that they simpy did not last. I made the decision to start buying a few house plants instead knowing that they would actually benifit from the warmth and heat and enjoy the more greenhouse effet that our home now has instead of fresh blooms.READ MORE