A wood burning stove brings warmth and cosiness to a home, but in order to keep your stove working efficiently you do need to give some consideration to the fuel that you use. Wood is a sustainable renewable energy source which is virtually carbon neutral. Combine this fuel with a Ecodesign stove and you have a highly efficient form of heating and a reduced reliance on energy utilities.
Wood Burning Top Tips?
Like anything there are always some do's and don'ts when it comes to making sure you get the most out of your stove and to ensure you use it safely, keeping the glass clean and reducing the build up of soot in your chimney.
The wood you use in your stove is the key to providing efficient heat output, keeping the glass clean and reducing the build up of soot in your chimney. So what is there to choose from?
Softwoods - these are conifer or evergreen trees, which grow fast and are less dense, such as conifers and evergreen trees.
Hardwoods - these are the broad leaf, deciduous trees which grow slower and are therefore a lot denser, such as oak, beech and birch.
The hardwoods tend to be better for burning due to the density of the wood you get more output from the equivalent sized pile of softwood.
If you have access to freshly felled trees then make sure that they are seasoned for a suitable period of time to allow the moisture content to drop below 20 % (freshly felled trees have a moisture content of about 50 % ). The less moisture content, the better heat output and your glass will stay cleaner.
Lastly, if you have any questions about what wood to burn, please contact us or pop into our showroom in Aveton Gifford.
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