Optimising Your Wood Burning Stove’s Efficiency

inset stove sceneIn order to heat your home to a pleasant temperature and burn those logs efficiently, it is of utmost importance to operate your wood burning stove efficiently. By doing so, you will also burn fewer logs and feel just as warm, if not even more so. Wood fuel may be inexpensive in comparison to other energy sources such as oil and especially electricity but then again, it is not that inexpensive to burn more of it than necessary.

To make sure that your stove is burning wood efficiently and giving you enough heat output, there are three main factors to pay attention to. Besides helping you reduce the amount of wood logs needed to heat your home, they will also help you avoid potentially costly and even dangerous stove problems.

  1. Professional installation. If you want your wood burning stove to be energy efficient, it needs to be installed professionally. You are recommended to hire a HETAS Registered Installer to both fit your new stove and make sure that you have a good flue system with a good up-draught. Without the latter, even the most efficient stove available won’t work properly. It is also a good idea to install a flue liner because it ensures a smooth draw and helps prevent cold spots causing problems with up-draught.

  2. Following the manufacturer’s instructions. Operating a wood burning stove efficiently is no rocket science, however, it is of utmost importance to read the manufacturer’s instructions very carefully and of course, follow the recommendations. Modern stoves quite controllable, especially in terms of combustion air supply which allows you to regulate both the heat output and burn rate. There are slight differences between one model to another, while the difference between older and the newest models is quite dramatic. So don’t assume that you know everything there is to know about operating and maintaining your new stove just because it looks similar to your previous stove.

  3. Burn exclusively fully seasoned logs. If you want to burn less logs and keep your home pleasantly warm during the cold winter months, you are highly recommended to burn exclusively fully seasoned logs that contain at most 20 percent of moisture. If there is more than 20 percent of moisture content, you will burn considerably more logs and struggle to achieve a sufficient heat output anyway. In addition, moisture can cause a smoke nuisance which can earn you a fee if you live in Smoke Control area, make the glass turn completely black in a matter of a few weeks and clog your flue system.

Lastly, be sure to regularly clean out the ashes and have your stove and flue system periodically inspected (and perhaps cleaned) by a professional. This won’t only help you operate your wood burning stove efficiently but it will also help you avoid larger repairs and extend your stove’s longevity.