Making your wood-burning stove more energy efficient

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Wood-burning stoves are a useful addition to many homes and have risen dramatically in popularity during the last decade. Not only do they look attractive and increase the retail value of your property, they also provide a cheap and efficient way of heating your whole house.


Here are a few tips to ensure your wood-burner is as energy efficient as possible, enabling you to get the most heat for your money and cut down on your energy bills.


Check the seals

Use the paper test to test your woodstove seals every 3 months Use the paper test to test your woodstove seals every 3 months.

The seals on your wood burner should be checked regularly for general wear and tear, as damage and degradation can cause a huge loss of energy efficiency. The door to your wood burner should fit tightly and snugly when closed, keeping the majority of the heat inside. To test this, close the door with a strip of paper trapped in the seal. If you can pull the paper out when the door is closed, you will need to replace the seal. While the seals around the window are not worn down as quickly, they will also need checking from time to time.


Use the correct fuel

High-density hardwoods, such as alder and oak logs, burn hotter and more intensely, which make them the best choice for freezing winter months High-density hardwoods, such as alder and oak logs, burn hotter and more intensely, which make them the best choice for freezing winter months

Choosing the best type of wood for your needs can save you energy and money in the long run. High-density hardwoods, such as maple and oak logs, burn hotter and more intensely, which make them the best choice for freezing winter months. Softwoods, however, burn much lighter during the milder seasons. Burning at too high a temperature would be wasteful, but using insufficient wood types during the winter may result in you needing to burn more wood or use central heating systems to compensate.


Building your fire correctly

A well-built fire can dramatically improve the efficiency of your stove. A well-built fire can dramatically improve the efficiency of your stove.

A well-built fire can dramatically improve the efficiency of your stove, resulting in more heat and less fuel being needed. Logs of wood should be cut down to different lengths and widths to fill the burning chamber. Loosely placed logs will give you a short 'flash fire', best for milder temperatures. But for a long-lasting and efficient heat, pack the logs tightly and compactly. Topping the stove up multiple times throughout the day with smaller logs will result in a much hotter and cleaner fire, rather than leaving large pieces of wood to simmer slowly.


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