Some top tips on how to maintain your wood burning or multi-fuel stove.
Good quality fuel is a must and will help you to gain the highest levels of efficiency from your wood burning stove or multi-fuel stove. Consult a respected source such as HETAS or the Solid Fuel Association to find out where your nearest approved supplier is and invest in properly seasoned logs with a moisture content below 20% or high quality solid fuel. Using properly seasoned logs in your stove can give you up to twice the level of heat output compared to burning green logs, although it is worth noting that green wood logs can be cheaper to buy. Try this useful blog for advice on ‘How to dry your own logs’ as it has essential tips on preparing and storing green logs to burn which can be very cost effective.
A clogged appliance will require a greater amount of fuel to burn so ensure you book a HETAS registered engineer to service your wood burning stove or multi-fuel stove. It is recommended that you do this once a year so put it in your calendar for late summer to ensure your stove is ready to burn when the weather begins to cool. This will save you time, space and money as your stove will require less fuel to generate the warmth you need during the long winter months.
If you are burning wood, ensure your chimney is swept at least twice a year; this can be reduced to once if you are using multi-fuel in your stove. Book your chimney sweep to attend just before you want to begin using your stove on a regular basis again; this is particularly important if you haven’t used your stove for a while. HETAS advises that those with a wood burning stove should book their chimney sweep to attend a second time, just after the peak of the heating season. If you need to find an approved chimney sweep consult the listings from HETAS.
Finish with an image refresh! Use an aerosol paint or colloidal black cleaner (as appropriate) to smarten the exterior of your stove. Again, your local retailer will be able to advise you on what you need for your stove. Please note that a stove with an enamel surface should be cleaned with a soft cloth that you have dampened.
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