If you have a log burning stove you will no doubt see the full benefit this form of heating has to offer.
One very big mistake stove owners make is not using correctly matured timber to burn, damp logs can be dangerous and cause chimney fires. 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 and a half in advance of when you actually plan to burn it.
Wood being dried should be stacked in open areas under cover where it will be exposed to the sun and the wind. If you put it in a shed, garage, or outdoors in the shade, you will inhibit the seasoning process significantly. Having said this if you are buying pre-seasoned wood from a supplier then any form of dry storage will normally be fine.
Can you make some real savings?
With energy bills increasing at a rapid rate homeowners are turning to wood burning stoves as an alternative form of space heating. In the past stoves were mainly sold in rural areas but now we are seeing a rise in sales in towns and cities.
A stove is a highly efficient source of heat – delivering more than 85% efficiency in many cases. The current generation of stoves are clean and very easy to use. A wood burning stove can be up to 79% cheaper to run than an electric fire, 31% cheaper per kW than a gas effect fire respectively.
Can we help?
If you are thinking of installing a new wood stove please do get expert advice (HETAS registered) as fitting the incorrect stove could prove costly. Should you require assistance please do make contact and one of our fully qualified fitters will be happy to assist.