As the colder months approach, now is the time to maximise your wood heating. This can sometimes be easier said than done. Not only should the fireplace be installed efficiently, but it is also necessary to ensure that it is operating correctly. As industry experts, we have collated our best tips and tricks that have been learnt through years of experience with wood heaters. It is important to follow these to ensure your device is operating to the highest possible standard.
Maximising Your Wood Heater
- Always opt for the fuel type that is listed on the heater’s compliance plate. Or one that the manufacturer has recommended
- Ensure your heater is of the right size. If not, it can cause problems with over or under heating, resulting in expensive and inefficient smoke pollution problems.
- Avoid heat smouldering, as a fire that is set on air setting can waste heat and cause dramatic smoke pollution
- Inspect your wood to ensure that it is dry and well seasoned. Wood that is unseasoned can delay efficient burning and lead to a loss of heat
- In the colder seasons, ensure your chimney is given a thorough inspection and clean. Substances like Creosote can build up over time, resulting in chimney fires.
Before You Start A Fire
- When starting a new fire, check for any remnants or excess ash that been left from a previous one. There should be no greater than a 10mm bed of ash, unburnt timber or coals.
- Using paper scraps (newspaper, cardboard) create a lop layer of the ash base in the fireplace.
- Coat this with a wood kindling comprised of bark, chopped wood, twigs and dry branches.
- Light the paper, close the door and then wait for the fire to grow larger. Once it is of an adequate size, branches or wood can then be added.
- Wait 20 to 30 minutes before closing air controls (some smoke from your flue is normal), however it should not last any longer than 10-15 minutes.
Prolonging Your Fire
- Ensure your logs are the right size for your fireplace. 50cm logs weighing 2kg to 4kg is standard.
- Majority of fireplaces thrive off 3 or 4 logs, compared to just 1 or 2.
- Every time that fuel is added to your fire, leave air controls open for 15 to20 minutes. This will ensure the wood begins to burn efficiently, allowing your fire to burn at a steadier rate.
- Most fireplaces will burn for 7 hours without difficulty; a hot-coaled fire with a lazy flame will provide the greatest heat output.
While there are a number of simple measures you can take to ensure the correct operation of your wood heater, they must all be followed properly to ensure it is maintained and maximised to the highest possible standard. Contact us today for advice about your Wood heater.