Maximising wood burning efficiency
Read through these tips on how to maximize wood burning efficiency:-
- Seasoned wood burns hotter and more efficiently. It also helps prevent creosote building up in your stove-pipe - saving you money.
- Make your fires both small and hot. This burns volatile gases quicker with less safety hazards and air quality problems than an over-damped fire. Small-and-hot fires need more frequent fuel loading and tending the stove. Put up a stove thermometer on the stove flue to monitor gas temperatures when they leave. The best range to be efficient (and for least pollution) is 300°F to 400°F.
- Remove excess ashes. Too much ash clogs your stove’s air intake vents and cuts down oxygen which is vital for efficient wood-burning.
- Check your chimney stack. Burn your stove at different rates then go outside and check the emissions. The absence of smoke indicates that your stove is burning cleanly and effectively.
- Inspect your stove. Your entire stove and chimney should be swept and inspected once or twice per year, depending on its use. Look for warping, check the baffle to make sure there are no gaps and check for creosote.
- When buying a stove, make sure it is properly sized. A properly sized stove will do its job efficiently even on the coldest days. Wood stoves that are too big need to be damped down, which increases creosote production.
- Buy the most efficient design you can afford. It will pay for itself in the long run.
- Burn only the fuel your stove was designed for. For example, do not burn coal in a wood stove unless your stove was made to handle both wood and coal. Rubbish should not be burnt in your stove either. As well as increasing the chance of starting a chimney fire, some plastics and other rubbish emit harmful gases.