Ways to Use Your Wood-burning Stove Correctly

From good old days, wood-burning stoves or popularly known as wood burner or log burner in the UK, are heating appliance capable of burning wood fuel and wood-derived biomass fuel.

In pole regions, the coldness becomes adversely high and cannot be tolerated with normal. This is used due to the reason that the wood burning stoves are very economical in pricing and can tolerate any amount of cold climate if the wood is set with fire near us.

This fire ignition also has procedures and techniques to use the materials in less quantity but the fire stays for a long time. This control is worrying for many but the pollution caused by long chimneys is very high, as already the vehicles and factories emit a lot of fuel.

Burn dry wood on the stove:

It is always good to burn fresh and dry wood on the stove so that the carbon formation and the creosote formation is also less. If we use wet wood, the sooty deposits will also be more as it takes a longer time to burn the wood. You can use a self-dried wood which is free of moisture known as seasoning. Never burn a wood that is treated for example a broken wood piece from furniture. It lets off many toxic chemicals.

Smokeless fuel usage.

It is always better to use smokeless fuel. There are fuels such as coals etc which always emits a lot of smoke and creates a lot of ash. This will often require cleaning and maintenance. In this busy world, we cannot do so on a regular basis or on a daily basis. Anthracite coal is one most famous and common smokeless coal used in burning stove. The control rule over smoke is to be extended all over the world so it is better to adapt to such techniques to have a safe and healthy life. Anthracite coal is also manufactured and naturally acquired.

  • Do not let you vent kept closed
  • It is important to keep your oxygen supply at a good level to reduce the soot build up which would restrict the waste gasses emission.
  • leave the door ajar and air vents open
  • Constant temperature and fire maintenance. The flue must stay at a stable level.
  • No overloaded sooty deposit is to be seen in the chimney.

Thus, these techniques ensure you to use a less amount of fuel and better ways to use stove correctly. The efficiency of fuel must be reduced to 80% by 2022. These pave way for home improvement. Fireplace installations must be assured properly and must be done by the chimney installers. These installers are well trained and are certified. They are also well equipped.

How to use wood burning stove effectively and Eco- friendly

Wood burning stove is a heating appliance capable of generating heat through wood fuel or wood generated biomass fuel such as wood pellets. It is usually made up of a strong metal such as cast iron or stainless steel. It has a closed fire chamber, brick base and air controller. The 1st wood burning stove was patented in the year 1557.

Types of wood used in wood burning stoves

The wood used in the wood burning stove is measured in the unit of Cord. A cord is a measure of 128 cubic feet. It is like tightly packed wood in the 4’*4’*8’ height, width and depth respectively. Both hardwood and softwood can be used for wood burning stove. However hardwood derived from trees such as oak will burn at a slower rate and thus are sustained for a longer period of time making it economically viable also. On the other hand the softwood derived from the conifers burn at a faster rate and generates little higher heat output making it more popular. However the softwood creates more soot and creosote in the wood stove, chimney and flue thereby asking more maintenance. Due to its different properties its usability is different. Hardwood is more popular in heating whereas softwood in cooking.

Safety measure while using wood burning stoves

Correct air flow and proper ventilation are a crucial part to make wood burning stoves efficient and safe. Besides regular maintenance of the wood burning stove is required to ensure safety and preventing fire to spread out. Regular maintenance of wood burning stove includes emptying the ash tray below the wooden grate, cleaning the stove pipes as well as the chimney.

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Is wood burning stove environment friendly?

So the question arises should we burn wood or should we not. The Wood burning stove provides green energy but it does have adverse effect on the environment.

The wood burning stove provides a carbon friendly option of heating home using the fossil fuels. The wood burning generates carbon dioxide which is released in the environment. This carbon dioxide is absorbed by the trees in making food and thus the end result is zero carbon.

However along with carbon dioxide the wood produces a large quantity of soot, particles similar to that emitted by diesel cars. This has side effects like causing cancer in human beings along with breathing problems.

In some places like South America, Central America and Caribbean the Wood burning stoves are built inside the house without proper ventilation. The smoke released from the stove stays inside the house and the same is breathed by its inmates causing breathing problems and sometimes even cancer. Reports by the World Health Organisation say nearly 2 million people are killed each year due to indoor air pollution caused by open fire cooking. besides cutting of the large amount of trees for firewood also endangers the ecosystem causing unexpected changes in the atmosphere and natural calamities like hurricanes and cyclones.

So in Urban Area wood burning stoves are not the environment friendly choice!

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Popular Sadiq Khan unfairly wants to ban Wood Burning Stoves in London

High efficiency clean burn wood burning stoves

Much has been made in recent times of the pollution level figures in London and the role in which the stove industry has played in these figures. Away from the headline grabbing newspapers feeding distorted information and facts it is time for some honest hard truths to be aired.

Aside from mentioning the super massive problem that is vehicle and air traffic amongst others within London the fireplace/stove industry are aware and have been for a long time that a shape up and tightening of regulations is needed within the industry, it is common knowledge that old fashioned traditional style open fires are highly inefficient and produce high levels of co2 when burning, the use of old out dated unapproved wood burning stoves is also an inefficient way of burning much in the same way that driving an old “banger” of a motor vehicle with no catalytic converter will be “unclean”
Worth pointing out that the burning of wood on an open fireplace or an unapproved stove is and has been illegal in London since the time of the introduction of the clean air act 1956!

It is worth noting that the (SIA) stove industry alliance have documented that up to 70% of all wood being burned within London is being done so illegally on open fires! If you then factor in that modern clean burn stoves produce 90% fewer emissions and 14% less CO2 than open fires it doesn’t take a genius to conclude that the illegal use of the open fire and unapproved stove is at the crux of the problem and this illegal activity is dragging the good work done by the high efficiency stove industry through the mud! Couple this illegal use with the very much un-regulated supply of poor quality fuel and I would suggest that tackling these two issues will go far and away to drastically reducing the already small percentage of pollution actually created by the use of stoves in London.

It has been proposed that in 2022 all appliances (wood burning stoves) will need to carry the European SIA ECO stamp much in the same way that the appliance up until this point and beyond must be DEFRA approved.

So what does all of this mean for the consumer? In basic terms what this means is that the use of a wood burning stove in London is not going to be outlawed nor made illegal, it will simply mean that anybody wanting to use a stove will have the legal responsibility to use a high efficiency, low emission burner that will be better for the environment at the same time as being more economical in terms of fuel consumption, we as a company do whole heartedly endorse the use of such appliances after all as human beings we do have a primeval affinity with the use of fire in the household and as we head to the future with greater technologies why not do your bit for the environment and get a “clean burning high efficiency stove”