Sales of stoves continue to increase month on month as the UK public look for ways to reduce their heating bills. Whether you are the proud owner of a shiny new stove, or you’re thinking to install one, there are a few things that you need to know to really get the most out of that heat generator in the fireplace.
Most important only burn fully matured timber.
This is the most fundamental thing to get right when you’re burning wood. It might be surprising, but green wood is around 45% water. That means that for every kg of green wood you add to the fire, you’re effectively adding around 500ml (a pint) of water. This means that you will need to make sure that your fuel has been dried properly.
Find a good supplier. Ask before delivery how long the logs have been maturing (minimum 18 months as a rule).
Good for the environment?
Compared with using fossil fuels for heat (natural gas, propane, coal, etc.) wood is eco-friendlier. It’s considered “carbon-neutral,” which means when it burns, it doesn’t add additional carbon dioxide to the environment. This is because in its natural state as a tree, wood absorbs carbon dioxide that is in the atmosphere. During combustion, a balance is maintained.
Can we help?
If you would like some assistance, please do contact us and one of our HETAS qualified fitters will be happy to help.