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Stove Life – Should I Buy A Wood Burning Stove?
Wood for Fuel:
Kent Stoves supply wood burning stoves and multi-fuel stoves across the UK
Aside from being a traditional fuel used in Britain, there has been a growing interest in wood as a sustainable, renewable, low carbon alternative to coal oil and gas. Whether you select a wood burning stove or multi-fuel stove they are efficient, clean burning and available in a range of different sizes in both traditional and contemporary design.
Wood burning stoves are only as good as the wood you put in them and the two major factors to consider are wood density and moisture content.
A dense, slow growing wood like Oak contains more energy than a sap filled fast growing wood such as pine and will help your woodburner heat your home longer and more efficiently.
It is important to make sure that any type of wood intended for use in a wood burning stove or multi-fuel stove is well seasoned, for a minimum of two years, with kiln dried logs on the market to guarantee a low moisture content of less than 25%. Wet wood will not keep you warm, reduces the life of the liner and can damage your stove.
Wood can generally be bought in small netted bags from local shops and businesses or delivered to your home in much larger quantities depending on how you intend to use your wood burning or multi-fuel stove.
In either case the correct storage is vital. Even kiln dried wood exposed to the elements will soak up rain and become difficult to use. Whether or not you buy it by the bag or the tonne, wood should be stored off the ground and sheltered from rain as much as reasonably possible. Wood stores can be purchased or made without too much difficulty using pallets, fence panels and some felt. A nice sunny spot is ideal and air should be able to circulate freely to help continue the seasoning process. Bring wood indoors a day or two before burning if possible but remember not to store wood within one metre of a working appliance or stacked over a meter high for safety.
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a product of combustion and it is important to be aware of the risks and warning signs.
Sources of CO include:
• Vehicle Exhaust fumes
• Tobacco smoke
• Paint fumes
• Oil, Gas or solid fuel boilers
Any appliance in the home that burns fuel should be accompanied by a CO alarm and this is applicable to wood burning stoves and multi-fuel stove installations since 2010.
What are the warning signs?
• Early warning signs of low level poisoning include
• Nausea or vomiting
• Shortness of breath
If you believe your woodburner or multi-fuel stove is leaking CO:
• Open all doors and windows
• Vacate the room
• Do not attempt to re-enter until the fire has burnt out or been extinguished
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