A wood-burning stove is an excellent heat source for a home or a room depending on the size. If you have recently acquired a wood burner or moved into a new house that has one, it’s important that you know how to keep it well maintained and safe to use. Here are some suggestions that will help your wood burner to function optimally.
What should you burn in a wood-burning stove? Well, as the name implies, this type of fire is designed for burning wood. It is not advisable, then, to burn just anything. For example, because coal burns a lot hotter than wood does, you should not use it in your wood burner. You should also avoid placing items like plastic, gift wrap, or other colored paper, pressure-treated or painted woods, plywood, and particleboard in the wood-burning stove. Such items can release toxic chemicals and will become hazardous when burned.
What types of wood are best to burn? Dry wood is a much better option than freshly cut wood as it has a low moisture content and so burns hotter. You should also use a different wood to start the fire. Softwoods like pine are good because they ignite quicker. After you have got the fire going, hardwoods like oak, hickory, or ash, cut into smaller pieces are a good option and will provide a hotter, cleaner burn.
Some important reminders. Make sure your home is fitted with the recommended number of smoke detectors and check to see if they are in good working order at least once a month. The best way to dispose of the ashes from your wood burner is to place them in a metal receptacle filled with water. Lastly, creosote can start to accumulate in the stovepipe and pose a health and safety risk, so it is a good idea to have this inspected periodically by a professional company.