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Uncategorized November 26, 2014 posted by

Let’s Talk About Wood

This post is in partnership with Opulence Stoves.  Please see my disclosure policy for more information.

One of our biggest goals as homeowners is to install a wood burning stove. Our current house isn’t suitable for a wood burner, but should we ever manage to sell our house then one of the first things we’re going to do when we move is install a wood burner.

There are heaps of benefits to be had from installing a woodburning stove: they are fairly energy efficient; they are greener than using fossil fuels provided your wood comes from a sustainably managed supply; and you can benefit from lower heating costs.  While savings when converting from gas to wood can be low (the Energy Saving Trust estimate you’d save £25 – £80), the real savings mount up when you switch from LPG to wood (savings of up to £1435 a year) or electric storage heaters (savings of up to £650).  I’m also attracted to the reliability of supply .  Power cut?  No problem – you’ve still got heat.

My partner is obsessed with reading about homemade wood burning stoves. Here are some we’ve found around the internet:


I love the rustic look of this handmade woodburner and combined pizza oven (!), found on the Natural Building Blog.

handmade stove

We found this little handmade stove on the forums of the Bushcraft UK website.

woodburner made from mine

This crazy looking woodburner has been made from a decommissioned naval mine.  I don’t know if snuggling up beside a mine has quite the same appeal though, what do you think?!

darth vader stove

Cheating a little as this Darth Vader stove is an outdoor woodburning stove: definitely one for Star Wars fans!

To be perfectly honest though, I’m incredibly wary about the idea of a homemade wood burning stove, and I couldn’t recommend a homemade stove for indoor use to anyone.  There are so many things that could do terribly wrong.  Carbon monoxide poisoning for a start, to the risk of fire from an incorrectly fitted flue.    I’d much much much rather leave things like this to professionals.  For example, Bury St Edmunds based Opulence Stoves have a really nice range of quality made wood burners, from traditional stoves to more contemporary stoves, and their HETAS qualified installers can professionally install your stove for you, without fear.



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    Life & Style November 25, 2014 posted by

    Ethical Christmas Gift Guide #2

    Ethical Christmas Gift Guide #2

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    I‘ve got another ethical Christmas gift guide for you today, full of ethical Christmas gift ideas for her.  Apologies that it’s still only November but I’ve heard some people like to plan ahead!  ;)  As always I’ve kept things budget friendly – nothing in this guide that costs more than £35.

     ethical christmas gift guide

    1.  Swan Scarf (£30) by Bonbi Forest – handprinted in Cornwall by the talented Lee May Foster.

    2.  Wool Brooch* (£5) by Hello Pushkin via Etsy UK – handmade in the UK, and the perfect gift for any knitters.

    3.  Red Tinted Lip Balm (£12) by Fat & The Moon via The Future Kept – made with all natural ingredients.

    4.  Organic Make Up Set* (£25) by Green People – this set of organic make-up by one of my favourite skincare brands is worth over £42.

    5.  Amelie Mancini Pouch (£35) via The Future Kept – pretty and practical.

    christmas gift ideas for her

    6.  Wild Hare Clutch Purse (£16) by Mimosa Street – handmade in the UK.

    7.  Custard Cream Seed Paper (£7.95) from What You Sow – perfect for biscuit lovers!  Simply plant these custard creams and enjoy some lovely wildflowers!

    8.  Wooden Owl Chalkboard * (£28) by Anna Wiscombe via Etsy UK – how sweet are these chalkboards handmade in the UK by Anna Wiscombe?

    9.  Blue Jay Brooch* (£20) by Kirsten Stride via Etsy UK – again, handmade in the UK.

    10. Cat Hat* (£25) by People Tree – perfect for cat lovers, or anyone who needs an incredibly cute hat!  Take 10% off with discount code “FIBRES10“.


    Part three, for him, coming on Thursday!  Did you catch part one of the Ethical Christmas Gift Guide, posted yesterday?

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      Life & Style November 24, 2014 posted by

      Ethical Christmas Gift Guide #1

      Ethical Christmas Gift Guide #1

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      I thought I’d post some ethical Christmas gift guides as while buying less stuff or making handmade Christmas presents are always a good idea, sometimes neither option is entirely suitable.  Especially when you have friends and family that live further afield or you’d rather give a gift rather than money or time (some more thoughts on that next week, which will be of interest to anyone looking to have a less commercial Christmas – keep your eyes peeled next Monday!).

      With that in mind I’ve created a few ethical gift guides that I’ll post throughout this week.

      For today’s ethical Christmas gift guide I’ve focused on ethical homewares that will keep your loved ones homes cosy, bright and warm over the winter months.  I’ve mostly looked to UK based independent makers via Etsy but some other favourites have crept in too!

      ethical christmas gift ideas

      1.  Coaster Set*  (£12.50) by Pygmy Cloud via Etsy UK – handmade in London from 100% wool felt.

      2.  Floral Fairtrade Lantern (£10) from Run Native

      3.  Badger Cushion* (£45) by Orwell & Goode via Etsy UK – I’m a big bit in love with this cushion, printed in the Scottish Borders.

      4.  Hedgehog Cushion* (£18) by Robin and Mould via Etsy UK – hand printed in Wiltshire with love!

      5.  Cable & Cotton Lights (from £29.95) – ethically made in Thailand.

      christmas gift guide 2014


      6.  House of Rym Throw (£59.99) from The Future Kept – ethically made in Turkey

      7.  Whale Bowl (£20) by Julia Smith Ceramics t via Papa Stour – handmade in Scotland

      8.  Hare Illustration* (£12.50) by Stephanie Cole Design via Etsy UK

      9.  Fig & Vetiver Soy Candle* (£15) by Paddywax.  These are my all-time favourite candles.  I bought one in January that’s still going strong, and still smells amazing.  It even comes in a recycled jar and sustainably sourced lid.

      10.  Hemp Peacock Cushion Cover (£29) from Little House in Town.  Fairtrade and sustainable.


      Watch out for another ethical Christmas gift guide tomorrow!

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