Using your stove efficiently

Even the best wood-burning stove needs your input, if you want to heat your home efficiently and, at the same time, protect the environment from harmful particles. Ultimately, it is a matter of how you use the wood-burning stove Ė and of course, what you fuel it with.

You can do both yourself and the environment a big favour by following these seven recommendations:

1. Choose a stove which complies with the strictest requirements on particle emissions.

2. Make sure your chimney is the correct size in relation to the stove. A good draw is essential for optimum combustion.

3. Never burn waste, cardboard packaging, printed matter or wood that has been painted or in some other way treated.

4. Make sure the wood is clean and dry. Moisture content of max 16-20% gives the best and cleanest combustion (and also less soot on the glass).

6. Never overfill the stove and avoid using oversized pieces of fuel.

7. Air is important for good combustion and good economy. Before the wood carbonises, enough air needs to be added that flames are produced (always read the manual Ė itís important).

8. Donít leave the stove burning overnight. Leaving your stove burning overnight is bad for your wallet and the environment.