With today’s rising cost and the recent colder weather, we are all looking for smart ways to stay warm, save money and be more eco-friendly.
Here are some simple strategies for your wood-burning stove:
1. Use Aged Wood.
The use of wood that has been aged or seasoned is recommended. This type of wood has been cut, split and left to dry for an extended period, typically a year or more. Wood suppliers usually prepare wood in this manner, which should be specified before purchase. If preparing the wood yourself, leave it to dry for at least one year before using it. Damp wood will not burn efficiently and will reduce the heat your fireplace produces.
2. Use Woods Combination
Selecting a suitable kind of wood is essential. The type of wood picked can significantly affect the amount of heat it radiates and how quickly it combusts. The two types of wood mainly used here on the island are pine which will burn more quickly, and Olive, which burns slower by combing the two, your fire will not only light quicker but will burn longer.
3. Cut Your Own Wood
Cut your wood by collecting fallen trees or felling trees on land you own to reduce fuel costs drastically. Remember always to cut and then let the wood dry for a year, and if possible, replant a tree for each one you have cut to benefit the environment.
4. The Ashes
Maintain a sensible amount of ash in the fireplace to have your stove burning optimally. On the other hand, excessive ash accumulation can impede airflow and thus reduce its performance. The key is to discover the ideal amount for your particular needs.
5. Use Kindling
Ignite the stove with well-aged kindling to heat the hearth quickly and make your logs less strenuous to burn afterwards.
Don’t forget to open the air vents of your wood stove when you set it ablaze since oxygen assists in propagating the flame.
6. Adding Additional Wood
Adjust the lower air vent to avoid excessive combustion when the fire is blazing. Too much wood should not be added while the logs are still burning; rather, wait until they have been reduced to embers before adding more.
7. Keep The Chimney Swept
Cleaning the chimney is essential for safety and to prevent fire hazards, but it also helps with appropriate airflow, which is required for your wood stove to function optimally!
Good insulation is a must to stop heat from escaping from your room too quickly. However, having proper insulation is not an option. With the use of Winter curtains and rugs, your home will feel cosy and inviting in no time.