A wood burning stove is a sound investment for your home, if used to replace an older style open fire it has the potential to reduce your homes carbon footprint by at least 14% and will really make the most of woods environmentally neutral and renewable energy. Generally the appliance consists of a solid metal close fire chamber, a fire brick base and an adjustable air control. The first wood burning stove was patented in Strasbourg in 1557. A wood fuel stove is designed to run exclusively on firewood. To get an efficient burn using logs, you should either buy seasoned logs from a reputable supplier, or season them yourself for a period of up to two years. Firewood should be sheltered in an environment that has plenty of air flow, in order to help the wood dry effectively over time. Making the decision to replace and existing inefficient appliance or to install a stove from scratch into your living space can feel daunting but there are plenty of options to choose from. A wood burner will heat your whole home only if that home is small and heavily insulated. In draughty mountainous parts of the world, where the temperature often hits -12 in winters, almost everyone has a stove, a great big pile of logs to feed it, and a chunk of forest to supply the logs. To figure out which size stove you will need for your home, first you will need to estimate the size of the room, or have it measured. Also determine the quality of insulation of you home. For every 1KW heat output it will approximately heat 25m3 in a well-insulated area.
Before the winter comes it is advised that you inspect and clean your appliance. This is also important especially in periods of heavy use such as the winter heating systems. Before using your heating appliance ensure you clean any remaining ash, soot and debris from the inside. For a more thorough clean visit our maintenance products section. Also, check the internal parts of your stove for damage and obvious build-up of soot, ash or debris, paying particular attention to the firebricks, glass and rope seals. You should also often refresh your stove finish from minor scratched and blemishes, you can also find these products here at BHL. When cleaning the glass on your wood stove, you should ensure you wear protective gloves and allow enough time for your wood burning stove to cool fully. Use a damp cloth before applying a cleaning agent to the stove. Soot can often contain acidic particles that can cause corrosive damage to printed glass. Therefore, before applying the cleaning agent, remove any dust and loose soot with a moist cloth and buff dry.
Getting the right chimney system for your stove is essential to ensure your flue system is safe, reliable and efficient. The stove is connected by ventilating stove pipe to a suitable chimney or flue, which will fit hot combustion gases once the fuel is ignited. The chimney or flue gases must be hotter than the outside temperature to ensure combustion gases are drawn out of the fire chamber and up the chimney. To ensure all gases are taken up the flue system, a draw of air will be required to extract it. Not all chimneys draw effectively enough to enable your stove to burn fuel and extract gases properly. Therefore it is required to make your flue system suitable to your installation and to give the best results when your stove is installed. If you don’t have an existing chimney then you can use twin lined stainless steel flue systems. These systems are used for interior and exterior flue systems and can be used for multi-fuel appliances. Though it is recommended a professional inspects and installation before purchase, especially regarding the flue systems.
Building regulations in the UK set minimum efficiency levels for all new heating appliances. The efficiency of a stove is measured by how well an appliance can extract the available heat in the fuel and deliver it to the living space as useful heat. The minimum gross efficiency required for a dry stove is 65% and for a stove incorporating a heating boiler it is 67%. Many stoves are able to achieve higher efficiencies that this and values in the 80% are now common. Many wood burning stoves are engineered such that they can be converted to multi-fuel stoves with the addition of a grate. In an economically and environmentally conscious era, they are wood stoves are proving to be a popular and rewards additions to the suburban homes, city pads and rural retreats alike. The increasing popularity of stoves is accompanied by warning from local authorities that suitable appliances should be fitted by experts with the experience and qualifications to ensure a newly installed stove is safe, efficient and complies with building regulations. A recent addition to the regulations states that where a new or replacement fixed solid fuel appliance is installed, a carbon monoxide alarm should be provided in the room where the appliance is located. Wood burning stoves can provide a safe and enjoyable way to heat your home. Simply ensure your stove is suitable for your home, installed efficiently, inspected regularly by experts, and monitored by a carbon monoxide alarm, to have peace of mind and maximum efficiency.
Seasoned timber refers to wood that has been left to dry for 12-18 months or more to achieve a moisture content that is below 20%. One f the important aspect to consider is the type of wood to burn. It is recommended that you only burn seasoned timber. Do not burn green or wet wood as a large percentage of heat energy created by the fire will be used to urn of the excess water contained within the logs rather than heating your room. It will also result in poor quality combustion, increased smoke and the production of tar and creosotes that will damage your flue. As an essential part of ensuring that your wood burning stove or fire is performing to its maximum potential is looking at the wood you are using to fuel it.