MORE people than ever are turning their fireplaces into a thing of real, traditional beauty with the installation of a wood burning stove. And their garden equivalent, the Chiminea, is proving just as popular as people look to add that extra bit of class to their barbecue or summer garden.

But many people don't realise the dangers and risks of buying Chimineas and wood burning stoves from around the world.

wood-burning stoves are a great addition to any modern home...but a badly painted one stands out for all the wrong reasons...

Many Chimineas and wood burning stoves are imported from China and South America. Often these are not coated in heat-resistant paint and they need to be stripped and repainted prior to use, which can traditionally be a long, messy job that leaves a trail of toxic chemicals and pollutants behind.

That's where Biostrip 20 comes in.

Biostrip 20 has a proven track record for exactly this kind of job...simply brush on, allow to react, then wash off. In minutes, too!

Here's how it's done

(please note that this guide is not designed for helping to remove rust from the Chiminea before repainting it.)

STEP 1 - apply the Biostrip evenly to the Chiminea with a brush. Make sure that every affected area is covered with

Biostrip 20

STEP 2 - allow the paint time to blister. For this job, we are looking at around 1 hour before the Biostrip 20 has reacted with the paint

STEP 3 - after this time, the paint will have a blistered effect. This means it is ready to remove, and generally falls off in sheets of paint - with no trace of damage to the under-surface.

STEP 4 - simply scrape or rinse the now-softened sheets of paint. If any paint remains, repeat the process.

STEP 5 - wash down and allow to dry thoroughly

Now the Chiminea or wood-burning stove is ready to repaint.

Here's how it's done

STEP 1 - use a spray paint specifically designed for wood stoves/Chimineas. You can find this at most paint and/or DIY shops. Bring the can of paint to room temperature before use. Shake the can of paint for about two minutes to thoroughly mix it. Spray the paint on a piece of cardboard to ensure that it is thoroughly mixed and spraying correctly

STEP 2 - hold the can of spray paint 12 inches from the stove. If you hold it too close to the stove, the paint will puddle and run. Holding it too far away will cause the paint to dry spray and give a textured look

STEP 3 - press down the spray nozzle and paint in one continuous motion, working from left to right. Release the tip and repeat that section if necessary. Avoid continuously holding down the spray nozzle or painting in a circular motion. Release the spray nozzle each time you complete a section

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Combined, the whole process can, if the steps are followed, be completed easily in a day, leaving you a summer's evening to sit back and enjoy your handywork.