Only burn fully seasoned ready to burn logs
After all, you can’t burn water! And if you try to burn wet logs your fire will spit and you’ll have a house full of smoke.
Keep your logs dry
To lower the moisture content even further and prevent them from getting wet protect your logs from the rain and keep them off the ground. If they’re a little bit wet on the surface when on delivery they will need drying out in the warmth of your own home before burning.
Burn wood on ash
Wood actually burns best on a bed of ash. So when you think your stove needs cleaning don’t empty it out completely. Leave up to 2 inches of ash from the base of your stove – but become familiar with your wood burning appliance to see what gives you the best results. Use a shovel and metal bucket to remove excess ash when it gets too high.
Do not keep adding more logs
If you keep adding logs to an already roaring fire you can reduce your stove’s burning efficiency by as much as 15%. This is because cool air gets in each time you open the stove door and new wood needs to heat up before it burns – which is where you lose the burning efficiency.
The best time to add more logs to a fire that’s already lit is allow it to burn down to a bed of embers before adding any more.
Burn safely and efficiently
Wood is the cleanest fuel around – but pollutants can be produced if it’s not burnt efficiently. To avoid problems you should:
- always burn fully seasoned wood
- have a stove professionally fitted by a HETAS registered stove fitter
- sweep your chimney at least once a year
- install a carbon monoxide detector
- never burn rubbish, plastics, glossy paper, polystyrene or painted/treated wood or plywood.
- store wood outside and off the ground