Lighting A Wood Burning Stove

In this video, Director Pete Hillier shows you how to light a wood burner.

He and his team are always asked similar questions each day, so we thought we would make this video for you.


Some of the most frequently asked questions are:

Can I use paper instead of firelighters?

What’s the best type of wood to burn?

How do I know when my wood burner is up to temperature?

Should I clean the grate before using the wood burner?

Pete Hillier is a director of He has been in the business for over 20 years and has a wealth of experience.

What makes Eco Fires stand out from the others and what you should expect from us?

15 Things That Makes Eco Fires and Stoves Different.

We have our own full time HETAS and Gas safe fireplace and stove installers.

We have our own dedicated, full time service and maintenance engineer for all gas and wood burning appliances. 

We have our own dedicated full time surveyor and designer.

We do not employ salesman in the showroom, we employ a very experienced advisor who can help you with products, installation advice and costing without you feeling at all pressured.

We constantly update our showroom with the latest products and have demonstration areas with working fires.

We have our own warehouse facilities to keep your order safe until it’s installed.

We own our own access equipment including a 17mtr Cherry picker, full scaffolding and towers etc which we are fully trained and insured to use.

We have our own disposal and recycling facilities at our business premises.

We design many of our own fireplaces which can also be made to measure, quite often without increasing cost.

We have our own stone saw benches and equipment for adjusting and finishing in an attempt to avoid returning fireplaces when things need changing.

When working in your home we use dust extraction equipment where possible.

We regularly visit manufacturers in Britain and across the seas to keep fully up to date with new products including relevant training.

Our guarantee is 3 years parts and labour so in the unlikely event that something goes wrong with your installation our own engineers and installers will be on the case giving our customers complete peace of mind

The owners of the business are very hands on and are heavily involved with the daily running of the company.

We are a small but well established family run company with a reputation we are all extremely proud of.

Gazco Riva2 500 Edge

The Gazco Riva2 500 range of gas fires are one of our most popular.

They are designed to fit a standard 22’ fireplace opening and can be fitted into a standard British fireplace.

The simple, clean lines of this ‘hole in the wall’ fire can be further enhanced by creating a feature wall from Gazco’s carefully selected range of fireplace tile surround packages. This contemporary collection of porcelain and natural stone tiles are the perfect complement to the modern aesthetics of the Riva2 500 Edge

Additionally, choose from one of five lining choices, each is designed to provide a different look for your fire and offers you more versatility to achieve the look that’s right for you.

The frameless aesthetic of the Gazco Riva2 500 Edge allows you to create a chic, minimalist look whilst simultaneously bringing a focus to the beautiful flames and glowing ember bed of this highly efficient gas fire.

The Riva2 500 gas fire comes with a Programmable thermostatic remote control to give you complete control over your fire.

Ecofires and Stoves are the premier showroom for Gazco gas fires in Hampshire 

Answering You Gas Fire Questions

In this video, Pete Hillier director of Eco fires and Stoves answers some of the questions asked all of the time by prospective buyers of gasfires.


What’s the main things that has changed in recent years that has made gas fires popular?

How efficient is a gas fire? Do Gas Fires need a flue? What are the main manufacturers that you stock?

Why buy a gas fire instead of a would burner? What does it cost install a gas fire?

Customer Testimonial From Nicola

Here is a customer testimonial from Nicola, who recently asked us to install a log burning stove.

We just love a happy customer…

Gas Fire Servicing In Surrey and Hampshire

At Eco Fires and Stoves we recommend that your gas fire is serviced on a yearly basis and any worn of failing parts are replaced.

The fact that modern gas fires are now much more efficient and refined in the way they operate, they still require expert servicing to keep them in perfect working order.

Our experienced factory trained, dedicated engineers service and repair the following brands..

Gazco, New Flame, Trident, Valor Portway, Verine, Kinder, Flavel, FEF, Global, Focal Point, Eko, Kohlangaz, Celsi, Fabre, Drugasar, Bellfires, Robinson Willey, Baxi, Wonderfire, Legend and Jetmaster.

Our gas servicing schedule includes:

  • Dismantling the fuel bed and burner, clean out carbon and dust and check burners for correct operation.
  • Check for gas and fume leaks and check correct working gas pressures replace worn components and batteries.
  • Spillage test the appliance and flue checking for correct draw and to ensure there is no issue with Carbon monoxide entering the room.
  • Checking cowls and replacing if required.
  • Making sure your fire and fire surround meets current regulations keeping your household insurance valid.

These are the areas we cover:

Fleet, Church Crookham, Odiham, Farnham, Hartley Wintney, Farnborough, Farnham, Guildford, Yateley, Wokingham, Basingstoke, Camberley, Frimley, Deepcut,

Gas fire servicing Fleet, Farnham and Farnborough

Tour Of Our New Showroom Layout

In this video, I would like to show you around our new showroom layout.

We realise how difficult it is to choose a fire and then choose a separate surround, whether it be gas fire or log burning stove.

So now we offer the complete package. We have a wide range of fire surrounds on offer, but most of the ones we install are bespoke to fit the room and the individual fire and after fitting literally hundreds we can give you our expert on advice on choosing the best fireplace and surround.


Lighting A Wood Burning Stove

Watch Pete Hillier light a wood burning stove the proper way.

In this video Pete gives advice starting with a cold stove.

He talks about the need for a covering of ash, the types of wood you must use for great success and how to build out the fire using natural materials.

Pete is a director of Eco Fires and Stoves in Church Crookham and his company have fitted hundreds of wood burning stoves across the south of England.

Meet The Stove Doctor

Meet Danny Hillier AKA the Stove Doctor 

Why you need to have your flue serviced regularly.


Meet Danny Hillier, THE Stove Doctor from

In this video he talks to Sean Usher about, why you need to regularly have your flue serviced. He talks of the importance of having a clean chimney.

Why you should use seasoned Logs Why, when moving into a new house with an open fireplace you should consider having the chimney cleaned before you use it.

Before booking your next chimney sweep talk to a local companies with the experience of not only flue and chimney cleaning but also a background in stove maintenance.

Danny covers a 20 mile radius of Fleet, including Basingstoke, Farnham, Aldershot, Camberley and all areas in between.

14 Shepherds Walk
Farnborough GU14 9EZ
Phone: 01276 602326

How to Choose a Gas Fireplace for Your Home

With the wide range of gas fireplaces available today, choosing the right one for your home can be an intimidating task. So how do you go about picking the right fire for your needs? What to look for when choosing a gas fire. 

Here are some tips on choosing a gas fire for your home.

Firstly, the type of gas fireplace:

Although a modern gas fire can be fitted into virtually any property, the type of fire suitable for your home will depend on the type of flue, or whether you have a flue at all.

If you live in an older property, pre-1960, you will almost certainly have a traditional fireplace and chimney as the main flue. Make sure it hasn’t been blocked off by a previous owner to help retain warmth.

As solid fuel fires went out of vogue in the 1970’s and central heating became the norm, fireplaces and chimneys were replaced with flat walls, and what are known as pre-cast flues. These are hollow concrete blocks which run up inside the cavity wall to the roof and a raised ridge tile, which allows the noxious gases to vent to the outside.

Finally, you may well live in a modern house with no flue. Even so, there are now a large range of balanced flues gas fires available, which will suit your purpose.

But don’t worry our experienced staff can give you all the advice you need when it comes to fitting the gas fire of your choice.

What is the gas fire’s purpose?

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