Log burning stoves for your home

Are you thinking of installing one in your home? Sales of stoves this year have increased at a rate never seen before as homeowners strive to reduce their energy bills. These days stoves come in all shapes and sizes and you are sure to find one to meet your wishes.

One of the big mistakes new users make is the wood they burn, it is vital for efficiency to follow the guide below.

Seasoned logs

Make Sure You Season Your Firewood for the Proper Amount of Time

People have a tendency to underestimate just how much moisture firewood contains. Nothing will cause your stove to function less efficiently than to fill it with green wood, so to avoid the problem you should begin the seasoning process in the early spring if you want your wood to be ready by the next winter. If you plan to use any wood that is larger than normal, you will need to set it out to dry even earlier than that. Essentially, you should be harvesting your wood about a year in advance of when you actually plan to burn it, if you want to guarantee that it will be properly seasoned. Read more

Stoves best options available on the home heating scene.

For all the intrepid pioneers who have left the grid behind and are making a go of it on their own, wood stoves are one of the best options available anywhere on the home heating scene.

While dependence on the grid leaves us at the mercy of others, wood burning represents the ultimate example of self-sufficiency in action. If you are willing to get out there into the forest with your transport, your chainsaw, and your trusty axe, laziness and a poor work ethic are the only things that will prevent you from collecting enough wood to keep your family comfy and toasty throughout the long cold winter. Read more

Checking your stove in time for winter

Winter is now with us and a wood burning stove will heat your homes to the maximum.

The trouble is with our busy lifestyles we tend not to check what is important to us until it goes wrong. Here are some very easy ways to ensure your stove is giving you maximum efficiency.

Check Your Door Seal for Leakage

Your wood stove door should fit tightly to keep the heat of the fire concentrated inside. To check it, you can lay a five pound note across the door gasket lengthwise and then close the door with the note still in it. If you can pull your money out with a quick tug, your door is too loose and you will want to tighten the latch described in your manufacturer’s instruction manual. If your gasket shows signs of wear or damage, you will need to replace it immediately. Read more

Must have in your home

Every few years, there emerges a piece of kit for your home that is universally coveted by the homeowning classes. In the Seventies, for example, the avocado bathroom suite and the Magimix were the new plus ultra of the day. More recently the retro-American fridge-freezer and the baby espresso machine have been the siren song.

Today, however it is the wood-burning stove after which we lust. A roaring open fire with the heat escaping up the chimney is so yesterday. To be at the cutting edge these days, one needs a new generation wood burning stove.

Nowadays they come in all shapes and sizes boasting lots of different colours and designs, unlike years gone by. Read more