Make your woodburner work harder part 3

This is a mini-series of tips provided by UK online wood burning stoves store www.GR8Fires.co.uk

Part one can be found here and part two can be found here

7. Keep an eye on the chimney

If you see a large amount of smoke coming from your chimney, this is a good indicator that you’re not getting the most from your stove. It might be because you’re using damp wood, but it could also be due to ‘overfeeding’ your stove.

Large fires are not as efficient as smaller ones. A big fire with lots of fuel struggles to burn all the gases before they disappear up the chimney. A smaller fire is more likely to burn the vast majority of gases released by the fuel, so you won’t see as much smoke coming from the chimney.

8. Give your stove a regular MOT

It’s worth giving your stove a monthly inspection to spot anything that might be causing it to underperform. Some of the key things to look for are checking for cracks in the glass, gaps between the panels and making sure the firerope around the glass and the door is still sealing correctly.

These are all things that can affect your stove’s performance by allowing additional oxygen into the firebox.

9. Keep an eye on the temperature

One way to check exactly how hard your stove is working is to use a stove pipe thermometer. Most models come with markings to show the optimum temperature.

To ensure your stove is performing as it should be, it needs to be operating at the correct temperature.  If it’s too cool you might get a build-up of creosote in the chimney, but if it’s too hot you will lose valuable heat up the flue.

10. Consider installing a boiler stove

The ultimate way to get the greatest return from your wood-burning stove is to opt for a boiler stove. You get all the usual benefits of a stove, plus your fire will heat radiators throughout your house and provide hot water.

Depending on your circumstances, this might reduce your central heating needs to zilch.