Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your wood heater:
- Use properly seasoned wood for your wood heater, as it burns more efficiently
- Unseasoned, or green wood, holds a lot of water, which absorbs heat until it evaporates
- Burning green wood will create lots of black smoke and a build up of soot in your flue and on the glass door
- Never burn wood that has been painted, stained or chemically treated (like treated pine), or products such as plywood, hardboard or MDF, as burning these will produce potentially dangerous fumes
- If you’re going to season your own wood – cut and split green wood before stacking it in a dry, sheltered area, with plenty of ventilation.
- Depending on the type of wood, it will approximately take between 12 months to 2 years to properly season
- Keep stored wood off the ground and don’t cover with a tarp
- Seasoned wood will absorb moisture if it’s left exposed to rain or in contact with the ground during a frost, and wet wood will rot faster, so be sure to keep it dry
- When seasoned properly, the wood will be darker at the ends with visible cracks, or the grain will be starting to split. It will also make a hollow noise when struck, as opposed to the more solid thump of green wood
- Wood can be purchased already seasoned or kiln dried.
If you need assistance with wood heater installations or repairs, give us a call on 5261 2422.
Tomlinson Plumbing can assist with all makes and models of wood heaters in Torquay, Geelong, Barwon Heads, Ocean Grove & surrounding areas.
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