If you already have a wood-burning stove, or perhaps are thinking of buying one, this short article is for you, especially if you are too shy to ask questions. We will go through the basics of being a wood burning stove owner and aim to answer key questions.
Other than making your room look amazing, the stove should be able to heat your home up efficiently, which is why it is important to buy a stove with the right heat output. A stove too big will have you uncomfortably hot, and a stove too small will have you clinging to your central heating.
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How to light a wood burning stove
In short… You need to open up both air vents, throw in some crumpled up newspaper, and add some small pieces of wood (kindling), and then you can light your stove. You can add your fuel once the kindling is starting to burn.
What to burn
Wood burners have flatbeds, this is where you load fuel. Any wood that hasn’t been varnished or treated can go in your stove. Although to get the best burn, it is ideal to have seasoned wood. Seasoned wood has been cut and left to dry for at least a year. It makes an efficient burn as wood as the moisture from the wood has already been evaporated. We go into detail in this blog post.
It is vital to use HETAS approved installers, you can find out more in this blog. In short, they ensure a safe installation and spot any potential issues. Once installed, remember to have your chimney swept at a minimum of once a year to prevent creosote build-up. Using seasoned wood will also help prevent the build-up of creosote. Otherwise, don’t touch the stove when it’s hot, it won’t be a pleasant experience! You also might want to install a carbon monoxide detector for peace of mind.
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