It’s that time of year again and the festivities are in full swing, but those temperatures are continuing to drop, and you’re going to want to greet your guests into a warm, cosy atmosphere.
Wood burning stoves prove to be a popular choice in the winter months, as they are an economically friendly way of heating your home. Not only that, they add a certain ambience to a room that is both inviting and festive.
In order to get the most out of your stove, you need to ensure that you are operating it properly. If not, it could end up costing you more than you envisaged. Here are a few pointers that can help you to keep your stove burning efficiently this Christmas.
Once your wood burning stove is installed, make sure you place kindling or paper covering the whole base of the box. This will ensure that your fire burns evenly and these are good materials that will catch fire quickly. You mustn’t throw flammable liquids onto the fire to get it going – this is dangerous and can cause the fire to burn out of control.
Make sure you have a decent supply of firewood close by. Good, seasoned firewood is important as it will help your fire to burn more efficiently – and the warmer your home will get!
Wood needs a good amount of air to keep it burning well – meaning the flames will be bright, visible and lively. If your fire seems smoky, this is a sign that it is being ran too slowly. Tar can also block up the chimney, meaning it can turn out to be quite dangerous.
As the fire starts to die down and you want to keep it going, open the draft controls for a short while. This will heat the flue up ready for it to be refuelled. You should always let the fire burn right down before you load more logs on.
Following these tips will help you to maintain a healthy fire perfect for the festive period. If you have a multi fuel stove, you can use a range of fuels including coal, smokeless fuels and wood to heat your home. Or of course if you’re thinking of alternative cost effective, environmentally friendly methods of heating, browse our site today to find your perfect stove and accessories.
Sit back, enjoy, and have a wonderful Christmas!14-12-2012