With winter well on it’s way here are our top 5 tips for making your fuel work for you this season.
Softer wood tends to be commonly used to have as firewood due to soft wood trees being faster to grow. The advantage of using hardwood as your fuel source is hard wood burner hotter and longer than softer varieties as long as it has been well seasoned. 2 years is the optimum time frame to season hard wood due to there high density. This may well be more time consuming and costly but potentially more cost effective in the long run.
2. Don’t over or under fill your stove or fire
When putting more fuel on your fire make sure you add the right amount of fuel whether it be logs, coal or other fuels including smokeless. This will be different for each stove due to heat output, capacity and efficiency rating. But don’t worry you will soon get used to what is right for you and your stove.
Adding too little fuel to your fire will not only mean you are up and down tending to your fire all evening it will also burn through your fuel supplies faster. On the other hand you also do not want to overfill your fire as you may suffocate and put it out. Another downside to over filling your fire is making your stove too hot. You could be wasting heat especially if it gets too hot and you end up opening a window. Remember that stoves may be controllable but larger stoves will still let out a fair amount of heat even when they are fully shut down.
3. Burn wood on a bed of ash
Although airflow is important for fire, wood actually burns better on a bed of ash. When cleaning out your stove or fire basket next remember to empty the ash pan beneath and take any excess ash away but leave a little bit behind. This will enable a continuous glow from embers and burn your wood more effectively.
4. Service your stove
Servicing your stove is important. If your stove is letting in additional air you are as good as burning your money directly on the fire. Excess air will make your stove less controllable and burn fuel much faster. Have your stove serviced once a year to make sure that all is well and you are able to make the most from your fuel as and when you light your fire. Seals, glass and cement (cast iron only) are all important aspects of a fully functional and efficient stove.
5. Sweep you chimney
Having your chimney swept every twelve month will make sure that your chimney will continue to draw effectively which will make the most of the fuel you are adding to your fire. This is also important from a safety perspective as the fires your burn to create soot and other nasties to deposit on the inside of your chimney, these lower the airflow and could potentially cause a chimney fire.
If you would like to know more about any of the topics discussed in this article please get in touch or visit our fireplace and stove showroom in Aylesham between Canterbury and Dover.