Woodstoves have long been used as a heating source, and it’s easy to see why: wood is an extremely affordable and efficient fuel, and a well-managed woodstove can provide heat to a large area with very little cost. Plus, in some homes, there’s just something so comforting about gathering around a wood fire for warmth.
There’s an art to running a woodstove. Here are a few tips we like to share with our customers to help them get the most enjoyment from their firewood.
4 Tips for Managing Your Woodstove
1 – Place it near stone
Stone of almost any sort – including brick and concrete as well as natural stonework – is excellent at capturing and radiating heat. If you keep your woodstove near a stone wall, or better yet in a corner formed by two stone walls, they’ll act like heat reflectors and help spread the warmth around the room.
2 – Don’t try to burn fresh-cut wood
You might be tempted to save even more money by cutting your own wood, if you have a source. However, trying to burn freshly-chopped wood is a bad idea. It’s hard to ignite, and even if you succeed, it’ll produce more smoke than heat.
Proper firewood should be seasoned (dried out) for at least 6-12 months. Therefore, most people today choose to buy firewood from reliable sources.
3 – Pick wood based on the weather
Experienced woodstove owners keep more than one type of firewood around, because the type of wood affects the output. Lighter woods – like poplar and pine – burn faster and cooler than heavier woods like oak. In fact, heavy woods can easily over-heat a room, and should be reserved for especially cold days.
4 – Don’t burn the stove 24/7
Yes, lighting a wood fire can be a pain. However, keeping your woodstove burning unattended around-the-clock can cause more problems. This can quickly overheat rooms. Also, if the coals at the bottom are kept smoldering, they’ll produce a lot of smoke. That is unpleasant by itself, but it can also cause buildup of creosote on everything nearby.
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