Recetly bought a wood burning stove but unsure what type of fuel to use? This blog post will help you decide which fuel is best for you and your wood burning stove.
First things first, check whether your wood burning stove is a wood only or a multi-fuel burner. You can easily find this out by checking if your wood burner stove has a riddling gate and a built in ash pan, if it meets this criteria then you have your self a multi-fuel burner. However if neither of these features are to be found on your wood burner then you have a wood only burner, as wood burns best on a bed of ash!
For multi-fuel burners the best fuel option to use are smokeless briquettes, for the best results make sure they are made from untreated wood. Why not coal you say? Coal produces too much tar when burnt, and if used long term it can increase the risk of chimney fires. Another point to note down is that coal is too carcinogenic, which can servely affect your health if used in the long term.
If you have yourself a wood only burning stove make sure you use seasoned logs, as your wood burning stove is only as good as the fuel you use. If you use unseasoned logs it will cause the glass to blacken on your burner, not produce as much heat and tar will clog up the flue. It's important to season your logs as trees contain a lot of water, a freshley cut log can contain up to 65%-90% water. Seasoning your logs will decrease this amount to around 22%-33%.
Looking to buy a wood burning stove? We now have a wood burning stove showroom located at our Oreton showroom, in addition to our Kidderminster showroom. So feel free to drop in, or even just give us a call and we'll be happy to help you out!
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