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Tips and Advice for looking after your Wood Burning Stove

Tips and Advice for looking after your Wood Burning Stove

Tips and Advice for looking after your Wood Burning Stove.

 Regularly maintaining your appliance is essential when ensuring a safe and efficient operation. By cleaning your stove on a regular basis will extend the lifetime of your stove, and save you money!.

Before the start of the heating season, the appliance should be stripped, inspected and cleaned. This is just as important in periods of heavy use,  such as the Winter heating season. The appliance should always be allowed to cool before taking care of any maintenance to avoid the risk of burns. A cool appliance will also allow you to chip of any creosote with ease.

Before you begin to use your heating appliance, ensure remaining ash, soot and debris are cleaned away. The ash can be sprinkled on flower beds as a good source of plant nutrients. 

Check the internal parts of your stove for any damage and build up. Particular attention should be payed to the firebricks, glass and rope seals. Check there are no serious cracks in the firebox, chimney or liner as well as any loose bricks.

Be sure to replace any damaged components with the genuine 'brand' name replacements before re-using your appliance. Check for any signs of debris build up above the Flue Baffle, this can be found in the upper part of the firebox (use a torch if necessary). Never use your stove if the baffles are damaged, or without the baffles being fitted.

One of the most important part of maintenance is ensuring your chimney is swept at least once a year. This is recommended during the Autumn/Winter period using a qualified chimney sweep. However, if the appliance is used continuously through the year, or is used solely to burn wood, more frequent sweeping is recommended.

Many stoves today are made with a built in airwash system, which allows hot air to clean the stove window. But, if you do feel the need to clean the window further, wait for the appliance to cool down first. Always use a cleaning solution which does not contain a high alkaline or acidic content, as this can damage the printed glass surface.

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Facts about Wood Burning Stoves

Facts about Wood Burning Stoves

Facts about Wood Burning Stoves. 

Buying a wood burning stove will provide many years of reliable service, as well as allowing a focal point to your chosen room, whilst providing a welcome warmth on cold winter days.  Here are a few facts to consider before purchasing a stove. 

Many people do not realise how efficient wood burners are. They are more than 3-times efficient as an open fire. A modern clean burning stove will normally come with an efficiency rating of 80-85%, when compared to the average open fire which has a maximum efficiency rating of just 25%.

Recognising the right heat output for your room is a good start. Once you have the correct measurements for your room, choosing the correct size stove is important. A stove which is too small wont give out the correct heat to fill the room, whereas a stove that is too big will overheat a room. Neither situations are ideal.

Many contemporary wood burners are so clean burning, that they can be installed in a smoke free zone. Some towns and cities have what is called a Smoke Controlled Zone. Smoke controlled areas were introduced as part of the Clean Air Act. This means in certain parts of the country, you're not allowed to burn some fuels that can cause smoke. You can also be fined upto £1000.

A variety of stoves are made with the choice of using wood or coal. These are called Multi fuel stoves. The multi fuel stoves have a grate to burn the fuel on, with an air inlet to allow air to enter from the grate below. A wood burner only facilitates just the burning of wood.

Many wood burning stoves are now built with an airwash system. This system helps keep the glass window clean, therefor allowing the best view of the fire, it is cleverly designed as part of the stove operation.

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