Cosiness and Romance, Ecology and Economy

Central heating is a great invention however it does not provide you with the cosiness and romance generated by a real fire. A wood stove is also environmentally friendly as well as economic to run when burning the right sort of wood in the correct manner.


All species of wood make good Fuel

Generally, one type of wood is just as good as another when it comes to firing your wood stove. However, there is a difference in the weight of different wood types and there is also a difference in the way they burn. Light species of wood are easier to chop as well as easier to kindle – a fact making these highly suitable for kindling. On the other hand, they do burn quicker than the heavy species of wood, and will generate somewhat less heat. Common sense will tell you how to combine the light with the heavy species of wood for economic firing.

 
 

Good wood is dry wood

Good quality wood and kindling is a must to make sure you get a good experience from your stove. You may keep your wood outside throughout the summer under a roof or a tarpaulin. In principal you need to keep your wood dry. When the autumn weather sets in, the wood may absorb water from the air. Firing wet wood will not only contaminate the environment but will lead to the tarring of the stove and chimney and increase the risk of a chimney fire.

Wood – nothing but wood

It should be stressed that kindling and firing milk cartons or other household waste will prove harmful to your environment as well as to your wood stove. This also applies to firing pressure treated wood, or otherwise treated wood. So use nothing but untreated wood for firing, leaving the household waste and the like for the waste collection service to pick up.