Following on from our last set of tips about choosing a wood burner, here we take a look at some top tips for using one.
- Start by making sure your wood burner is installed properly and meets all local building and safety codes. This will ensure that it operates efficiently and safely.
- Choose the right type of wood for your wood burner. Hardwoods, such as Olive, oak and ash, are best because they burn slowly and produce less smoke. Softwoods, such as pine and fir, burn quickly and can produce more smoke.
- Before lighting your wood burner, make sure the flue is open to allow the smoke to escape. This will prevent the smoke from filling your home and potentially causing a fire.
- To light your wood burner, use newspaper or kindling to start a small fire in the burner. Once the fire is burning well, add larger pieces of wood, making sure to leave enough space between the logs for air to circulate.
- Regularly maintain your wood burner by cleaning out the ash and debris that accumulates in the firebox. This will help to keep the burner burning efficiently and reduce the risk of a chimney fire.