Wood burning stoves may seem inefficient and costly to run, but that is far from the truth. These stoves have evolved over the years and are now more efficient and eco-friendly than ever before. Also, by incorporating a few simple steps, you can increase your stove’s efficiency, and here is how to do it.
Clean and repair your chimney
A dirty and blocked chimney is one of the reasons why your wood-burning stove isn’t working at its absolute best. Chimneys are built to allow smooth airflow, and clogged chimney walls disrupt that airflow. Before you start using your stove in the colder months, have a chimney sweep and clean out the airways connected to your stove. If you notice any cracks in your chimney, get them repaired as well.
Use dry wood
Wood with a higher moisture content produces a lot of smoke and very little heat. While freshly-cut wood may be cheaper, always get dry wood with a moisture content of at least 15-20%. It burns faster, longer, and does not produce any undesirable gases. You can buy already dry wood from a trusted wood supplier, or you can dry it yourself at home. Split and stack your wood in neat rows for optimum drying.
Light the fire properly
To get the most heat from your wood stove burner, you must get your fire off a great start. To do this, ensure that your bed kindling is glowing hot before proceeding to add your wood. Add a couple of logs first and allow them to fully catch fire before dumping the maximum load in.
Add equipment to your stove
If you have an older wood-burning stove, adding a catalytic combustor insert can help increase its efficiency. This insert promotes the combustion of pollutant gases and particulates released from burning wood. It operates at extremely high temperatures and therefore provides more heat, longer burn time, and fewer emissions. You can also install a blower to help distribute heat from the stove to other areas of your house.