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A Guide to Firewood for your Wood Burning Stove
Wood burning stoves are an aesthetically pleasing and energy saving way of heating homes, but did you know that the type of wood you buy can make a huge difference to the burning time and the energy expended? It’s also important to store the wood correctly to get the most out of your logs.
Follow this step-by-step guide and you should be ready for an efficient, cosy fire.
– What Wood?
Just as different trees produce different leaves and fruit, so do the properties of the wood differ when being burnt, making some better for firewood than others. Although pine and conifers can be used, deciduous trees such as oak, beech, sycamore and birch are denser so provide more heat for longer. Ash and apple are often thought to be the best burners, giving off a lot of heat and a lovely smell.
How to look after your Firewood – Keep it Dry
First of all you need to ensure that the logs you buy are dry, seasoned firewood. They burn better produce more heat and less smoke. If the water content of your wood exceeds 25 per cent, the energy is being used heating water rather than burning wood.
When buying firewood you may need to season it. Seasoning means drying the wood and can take between six months and two years. It all depends on the shape, size and variety of wood but you can help out by the way you store it – keeping it dry, off the ground and well ventilated will all help. Covering the wood won’t give it chance to release the moisture and may breed mould.
Where’s best to store wood?
Buying firewood in bulk can help keep costs down but it means finding a storage space – garages or garden sheds are not ideal because you need a good airflow to help dry out the wood and you don’t want to introduce fungi or wood eating bugs into your buildings! Just ensure that the space you use is dry and airy; log stores are easy to make and will do the job perfectly.
Beware of storing wood inside your house. Many logs contain wood worm or wood munching beetles which could damage your furniture. This could also be a concern for storing wood in the garage or shed, so what is the other alternative?
The perfect storage facility for firewood is a log store. Here you can store and dry large amounts of wood in a specifically designed space. If you’re handy with tools then it’s fairly easy to build one using any spare slats of wood you have lying around – just ensure that there is plenty of ventilation within the structure, including underneath, but with a waterproof, slanted covering to keep the rain off.
Alternatively you can purchase a pre-made one at a fairly low cost. Ensure that you keep the store with space all around to enable a through breeze. A gap of two inches at least is ideal. If your garden soaks up the sun then all the better for drying your wood.
How do you know your wood is ready to burn?
So you’ve chosen and stored your wood and now you want to get your fire roaring but how can you tell if it’s ready? Well there are meters available to purchase but a far cheaper method is to hit two logs together. A hollow clunk will indicate the wood is ready to pop into the stove.