Smart wood burner use
Reduce wood burner use
- Make your home more energy efficient:
- insulate your ceilings and walls
- cover your windows at night - for example, curtains, blinds
- use floor coverings and ‘draught sausages’ to reduce cold draughts.
- Try putting on an extra layer of clothing.
Burn the right way
- Choose the right fuel.
- Use enough kindling to get a hot fire going as quickly as possible.
- Scrunch up two or three sheets of newspaper and place on top of the kindling – they will burn quickly, heat the flue and get a draught going to oxygenate the fire.
- Light small, hot fires. Add only a little fuel at a time – a half-full burner is about right.
- Run a hot fire before turning it down, to produce less smoke and combustion gases.
- Place two or three smaller logs in your burner, rather than one big one – they give off more heat. Place logs about 2 cm apart and 5-10 cm back from the door – allowing air to flow down to the base of the fire.
- Give your fire more air:
- if you can see smoke coming out of your chimney
- when putting more fuel on the fire – keep the air controls fully open for 15-20 minutes after adding fuel.
More tips for good burning: https://www.warmercheaper.co.nz/
Maintain your wood burner
- Clean out your firebox regularly and keep it in good working order.
- Clean your flue regularly and check its condition each year.