With the influx of rain and the freezing cold days, we’re definitely in the middle of the chilly season! Many people have used their wood burning fireplaces to help combat the cold and create a cosy atmosphere in their homes. However, many fireplace owners don’t realise that they are not using their fireplaces efficiently, and by following these tips below, they can get the most out of their fireplace this winter.
Preparation is key
Before you burn firewood, you have to ensure that it’s ready to be burned. That means ensuring that it’s properly split and seasoned, or else it may not perform as it should.
If you cut and/or store your wood, you can follow these guidelines for your firewood:
- If you store your wood outside, make sure that it’s covered with a tarp that will withstand the elements.
- Be sure to season your wood for optimal use. 12 months is generally considered the minimum amount of time that firewood should be seasoned for.
- Stack your wood with the split side downwards and off the ground. This will help air circulation and help keep the wood dry.
Local fuel is the best
If you aren’t keen on storing your firewood, you can always source it locally from firewood suppliers in your area, just make sure to always ask for split, seasoned, and dry firewood.
A good start is best
When it is time to start a fire, many don’t consider the fact that the process is actually very specific. A poorly-built fire can not only dampen the mood and keep you in the cold, it can also waste a lot of time and energy.
To properly start a fire, first begin a small one with dry kindling. Each manufacturer has a different recommendation for the configuration for the kindling, so make sure you are following their guidelines to get the most out of your fire. Once your kindling is well lit, you can start adding smaller pieces of firewood
If it burns well, add smaller pieces of wood and be sure that the airflow is as the manufacturer recommends. When your small fire is burning brightly, add pieces of larger wood, being careful to keep a space between the logs, so as not to smother the fire.
Be sure to keep your fire burning brightly – a smouldering fire is the last thing you want.
Maintain and replace
Make sure that you maintain your wood burning fireplace as recommended by the manufacturer. When the time comes to upgrade, you should opt for a new fireplace that is built with the latest technologies and produces the best heating results for your home.