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Wood burning stoves, Solid Fuel stoves and Multifuel stoves
Solid fuel stoves are a good efficient long-term investment to your home. Most energy agencies and insurance companies recommend that you clean your wood stove or mutifuel stove at least once a year before the winter use, and that this be done by a professional chimney sweep who will check the stove for wear as well as cleaning the stovepipe and chimney.
Here are some tips to get the best out of your wood or solid fuel stove:
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the use and care of your stove.
- Use the proper fuel – for wood stoves hardwoods are best; for other stoves wood pellets, coal or manufacturer-recommended fuels.
- Maintain sufficient air supply to ensure complete combustion.
- Season wood outdoors for at least 6 months to a year before burning it. Stack wood off the ground to keep it dry.
- Use only dry, well-seasoned wood.Start fires with clean newspaper and dry kindling.Use many small pieces of wood rather than a few large pieces.
- Burn fresh, green, wood. The high moisture content slows burning, increasing creosote buildup and pollution.
- Burn rubbish, treated wood, painted wood, particle board, plywood, or anything that is not listed on your stove’s manufacturer’s label.
- Clean your stovepipe and chimney at least once a year.
- Clean your stove only when cool.
- Use a vacuum cleaner with brush or dry cloth to clean the outside of your stove.
- When emptying ash, remember that embers can remain hot for 24 hours after the fire has been put out.
- Use water to clean the lacquered surface of your stove – it may damage the lacquer.
- Reduce your fuel costs by ensuring your house is well insulated. But protect your health by ensuring it is well ventilated too.