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Our Beginner’s Guide on Wood Burning Stoves

If you’re planning on buying a wood-burning stove or already have one, you’re going to be faced with the task of actually getting it to work.

In this article we’ll guide you on basics of being a wood-burning stove owner.

Buyer’s Guide:

Make sure you purchase a stove that suits the job you want it to do. You can use a heat calculator to do this and make sure you’re going to receive the correct heat output.

Getting to know your Stove:

Open the door to the stove and take a look!

The part inside is known as the firebox. Above & below the glass of most stoves you’ll see the air vents. The bottom is the primary air vent, the top one is secondary. This allows you to control the air supply to the stove, which controls how fast your fuel burns. Unlike an open fire, you’re not supposed to get heat from the flames. The flames heat the metal panel of your stove, which heat the whole room. The pipe coming from the wood burning is actually called the flue, however this is basically another word for a chimney.

How to light a wood-burning stove:

You need to leave the right amount of ashes in the stove, open both air vents, add some newspaper, add some kindling or small pieces of wood and light your stove. Once the kindling starts to burn you can add your fuel.

What to burn:

You need to firstly determine whether you have a wood-burning stove or a multi-fuel stove. If you have a wood burner you’ll notice they have flatbeds in order to load fuel, yet multi-fuel stoves have grates. This is because coal and smokeless equivalents need an air supply from beneath the fuel. You are able to put wood on a multi-fuel stove, but you can’t put coal on a wood burning-stove. You can use any would as long as it hasn’t been varnished or treated. Ideally the wood should be seasoned. Meaning it’s been cut and left to dry for a least a year, reducing all moisture.

Staying Safe:

Ensuring your safety from the outset is key. You can use a HETAS approved installer to fit your stove. They will ensure the installation is completed safely. You can also get a carbon monoxide detector just to ensure further safety. Other than not touching your stove when it’s hot, you should consider getting your chimney swept at least once a year. This will help prevent build up creosote and soot that can lead to chimney fires.

If you have any more questions or are looking to purchase a stove click here, or contact us on: 01562 745881

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