3 Basic Essentials You Need To Know When Using Wood Burning Stoves

If you’ve just installed or are considering installing a slow combustion wood burning fireplace in your home you probably have a million questions on how to gain the most benefit out of your fireplace. With a few easily-implemented tips, you will get to put your feet up in front of a roaring cosy fire in no time.

Here are 3 introductory lessons every newbie needs to learn to make optimal use of a wood burning stove.

Lesson 1 – The right way to build a fire

You may think it’s daunting to own a slow combustion wood fire, but it doesn’t take long at all to understand how to get the best out of your unit. It’s important to understand the manufacturer’s instructions for building a fire – some brands are loaded in a north-south configuration, others are east-west. If unsure, always contact the manufacturer for the correct information.

Lesson 2 – How much wood do you really need?

This will all depend on the size of your firebox. Obviously the larger the firebox the more wood you will need. Make sure you use the right size logs recommended by the manufacturer. Building your fire correctly will help achieve optimum burn time and heat output.

Lesson 3 – Get the best return on investment by burning seasoned wood

The best type of wood to use as fuel is split seasoned wood – wood that has been dried for a minimum of twelve months. ‘Green’ or wet wood is not used efficiently because of the water content that allows for the increase of excessive creosote forming. Seasoned wood burns better. Make sure to only use suitable firewood in your fireplace, materials such as particle board or painted wood are not to be used.

These 3 simple methods to using wood burning fires will ensure you increase the level of comfort in a home. For the best modern slow combustion wood burning range, make Quadrafire your preferred supplier.