The Do’s and Don’t of Burning Firewood

The Do’s and Don’t of Burning Firewood

Whether you are new to burning logs in the home or have been heating stoves and fireplaces for years, there are always improvements that can be made to your technique. From the type of logs you use to safety, saving time and money, we have a guide to best practices when it comes to heating and cooling in the home.

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Use kiln-dried wood – the moisture has been drawn out and with no harsh chemical treatments on the logs, you will have a safer fire, better quality air and a longer burning log; making kiln-dried wood more energy-efficient, less costly and overall a better quality log.

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Open up air vents when starting the burning process, this can rid the room of unwanted smoke build-up and impurities in the air.

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Be strategic with your placement; arrange your logs with gaps allowing air to flow between the logs without overfilling. Additionally, keep unused wood stacked in a dry, easy to reach place. This wood will keep well when stored correctly.

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Go slow and steady; using a firelighter and kindling you can build the fire up gradually and safely. This process should take no more than 10 minutes and you can reap the benefits immediately. Remember to add extra logs as and when you need them. You should be in control of the fire.

DON’T…

Over or under load the fire wit logs and ensure you pay close attention to the temperature in the room. Opening doors or windows fully and for long periods can reduce the temperature dramatically in the room.

DON’T…

Neglect your chimney flue. Remove any blockages, soot and residue before you get started.

DON’T

Over dampen your stove when you are finished with the fire. The combustion will linger and remain making it unsafe if not tended to. The best thing you can do is open your vents so the fire burns cleaner overnight, meaning you aren’t left with problems when you come to use the stove or fireplace the next day.

Overall, it is necessary to remember that the best way to build and maintain a well-lit stove or fireplace involves well-placed quality wood and a solid flow of oxygen.

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David Fuller

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