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Make your woodburner work harder part 1

10 ways to make your wood-burning stove work harder

wood burning stoveA wood-burning stove not only helps to make your home cosy, it can also drastically cut your heating costs.

To make the best savings, you need to make sure that your stove is working as hard as possible. Here are 10 tips on getting the most from your stove.



1.Refine your fire-lighting

When you first set about lighting a wood-burning stove it can be a tricky task. The temptation is to throw on lots of firelighters, kindling and newspaper to get the fire going.

There’s nothing wrong with that, but if you’re committed to making your stove work harder you need to start perfecting your lighting process.

Cut down the expense of lighting your stove and make your stove pick up the slack.

2. Feed it properly

Think of your stove as being a finely-tuned athlete. You’ll get the best performances from it if you’re feeding it the right stuff. There are no salads and sports drinks here though.

There are certain types of wood that are better suited to be used on a stove. Apple, ash, beech, cedar, hawthorn and maple are all examples of woods that burn slowly and give off good heat – everything you need to get your stove generating more heat for longer.

3. Use properly seasoned wood

Freshly cut wood can contain up to 45% moisture. When you use it in your stove, all the energy produced goes into evaporating the water rather than heating your home. And that’s no use to anyone.

If you use wood that has been dried and seasoned, you can ensure that your stove is working hard on burning the fuel to keep you warm and not just sending water vapour up the flue.

Article contributed by UK online wood burning stoves store www.GR8Fires.co.uk

Get more tips on getting your stove to work harder in part two of this three part mini-series.