Preparing Your Wood Heater For Winter

With winter well on its way, many Melbourne families with wood burning fireplaces will be looking to maximise their heating solution by preparing it properly now.

Make certain your wood burning fireplace is safer to operate, provides cleaner heating, and is more cost-effective to reduce your utilities budget. Turn up the heat and improve the air quality in your home with these practical steps on preparing your wood heater for winter.

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Here Are The Best Ways To Store Your Wood Over Summer

The Australian summer is right around the corner, which probably means that you might not be using as much wood in your wood burning fireplace anymore. However, if you believe in stocking up on wood, or still have some wood left over from the colder months, there are ways to store it so that you can look forward to high-quality fuel when it comes to getting the perfect fire going again come winter. Here’s what you should do to make sure your wood is ready when it’s time to light the fire again.

The method

The easiest way to store your wood is in an organised stack. This is especially important if you’ve recently bought wood that still needs to age and dry out.

It is important to give your wood time to age, because you should only ever burn split, seasoned wood in your fireplace. Drying, or seasoning, your wood draws out the moisture over time. You should aim to be burning wood with a moisture content of 12-15%. Firewood with too much moisture does not burn as hot, as effectively, or as long as properly seasoned wood.

The best way to store wood is by packing it in rows no more than a metre high. If your wood is still unseasoned, store it bark side down, so that it has plenty of access to air, that will help it dry out over time.

The location

Where you store your wood is just as important as how you do it. Seeing as stored wood offers great lodging for a variety of pests ranging from mice to ants, it’s recommended that you store your wood outside.

So, when you store your wood outside, pick a spot that’s breezy and dry, and that’s not too close to your home. Not only will this keep your house free from pests, it will also give the wood access to airflow that will have it dry out and season that much quicker.

Protection

Seeing as your wood should be stored outside, it’s often a good idea to protect it from rain and other sources of moisture. Storing them under an awning with a cover over the wood is often the best way to keep your wood dry. Just be sure not to cover the whole stack. This will cut off the airflow that keeps your wood dry and ready to burn.

If you have a barn or other storage space away from your home, just be sure that it has enough airflow, which will help the wood dry well, and keep pests at bay.

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Finally, A Solution To The Ever-Rising Cost Of Wood – And It’s Cleaner!

Australian wood-heating, especially in South Australia, costs the average household almost $300 per tonne. This equates to a nasty figure of $18 per heating session. That’s a lot of money just to have a fireplace.

The innovators at Quadrafire agree. That’s why their units combine state of the art technology with quality products to provide efficient, long burning, high heat output fireplaces.

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What You Need To Know Before You Buy A Wood Heater

With the cost of wood on the rise, the Australian Government, through its Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria, has provided guidelines on how best to secure an efficient heating solution for your home or business.

Therefore, before you purchase your next fireplace, here are some key points from EPA Victoria for you to consider:

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Understanding Wood Heater Regulations In Australia

To ensure safe practices are met with and to regulate quality control, the Australian Standards authorities have set out a number of guidelines for homeowners to follow when purchasing and installing solid fuel heaters in the home. The Australian Standard AS/NZS 4013 provides essential information on the compliance criteria for solid fuel burning appliances for domestic use. If you’re deciding on whether to install a wood heater in your home, here is what you should know.

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