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Being environmentally friendly

We can compare the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) released, when wood burns, to a similar level produced in the carbon footprint left by a tree rotting on a forest floor.  So for efficient, clean burning follow these ABC steps to get the best out of your wood burning stove:-

  • Use clean, seasoned wood

    Wet wood does not burn well at all and produces a lot of smoke. After splitting, the wood should ideally dry for 1-2 years before you use it. Moisture content will be below the recommended 20 per cent when it is ready to burn. Also, be sure not to burn any treated wood (painted, impregnated etc).
  • Never burn rubbish

    Burning household rubbish in your wood-burning stove is illegal and it causes pollution. That means items such as milk cartons, plastic bags, wrapping paper and other waste. The burn temperature is not high enough to produce complete combustion.
  • Ensure adequate airflow

    Poor combustion is a result of not enough air and produces many particles in the smoke which are dangerous for your health. Light the stove using dry twigs, kindling, firelighters or a small amount of newspaper so that the fire takes hold quickly. Turn the air vent down when the flames start to turn blue.
  • Burn a small and frequent amount each time

    When adding wood, be sure to increase the airflow. This results in cleaner burning and makes the most efficient use of the wood.
  • Close down the air vent

    You can close the air vent down when glowing wood is all that remains. Don't worry - the leftover heat will still give off some warmth. Wood burns slower as the airflow is reduced and less heat is therefore lost up the chimney.
  • Check that smoke is almost invisible

    Be careful if you notice a foul smell or there is too much smoke. It's a classic sign that something is wrong. Don't take risks. Consult a professional chimney sweep if you do notice these signs.

Remember, to further reduce your carbon footprint, wood ash makes a great garden fertilizer!  


Fireplace by James the Sweep of CrowboroughFireplace by James the Sweep of Uckfield