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Ask the EXPERT

We answer your DIY and maintenance questions with a little help from the experts

Q I live in a city, are there any rules about installing a wood-burner in my home?

Mrs O’Neill, by email

A Phil Wood, Contura Country Manager for the UK and Ireland says… A number of UK cities are bound to the Clean Air Act set by the Department for Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) which means there are rules to be aware of prior to installing a wood-burner.

Firstly, you should contact your local council to see if you live in a Smoke Control Area as this will determine the type of wood-burning stove you are able to install. In addition, the type of fuel you can burn is also subject to rules set by DEFRA unless an exempt appliance is used, and you should only use materials specified by the manufacturer. For Contura stoves, only wood should be burned, however multi-fuel capacities are present in other stoves and it is worth being aware that this can differ between manufacturers.

75% of all Contura stoves are DEFRA Clean Air Act exempt and can therefore be installed in Smoke Control Areas without infringing on legislation, this is due to the highly efficient heat output found within the in-built combustion system. Modern, clean burning Ecodesign stoves reduce emissions by 90% and are therefore an environmentally sound option for anyone looking to reduce their carbon footprint.

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Having spent a pretty penny at Christmas and splashed out in the January sales, February is the month when we need to seriously tighten our purse strings. But just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t have a stylish home. In this special money-saving issue we’ve got hundreds of great ideas and affordable buys to make your home look sensational. We’ve even got some great suggestions for renters, who are often limited when it comes to decorating their rooms (p.36). Is your bathroom looking a little drab at the moment? Turn to page 46 to discover some really purse-friendly buys to give it a facelift, while on page 52 we’ve got a host of clever ways to give your kitchen a makeover without breaking the bank. If you’re planning on tackling some bigger home improvements this year, then take a look at page 106, where we give you the low-down on how to cut the cost of your projects. Even our craft projects have a moneysaving spin to them this month. From using up fabric scraps to re-purposing old magazines, you’ll love our creative upcycling ideas. If you just can’t resist a cheeky takeaway on a Friday night, then check out our fab cost-effective fakeaways on page 100. They’re delish! Finally, don’t forget to look out for our shopping bag logos throughout the magazine to discover our favourite bargain buys and money-saving tricks.