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Keeping your stove in great condition

It’s important to care for your wood or multi fuel burner, as this will ensure not only that it continues to look at its best, but also that it continues to burn efficiently, and provide the requisite level of heat for your property. There are a few simple steps you can take to keep it in good condition.

  • Always burn dry wood or biomass. Allow your wood stores time to dry and keep them well ventilated.
  • Clean your chimney regularly. This will avoid any build up of soot over time which can reduce efficiency.
  • Check for signs of damage on a regular basis.
  • Keep vents and the front screen of the boiler clean, and clear of soot and tar build up. This will help maintain the right oxygen flows into the burner, and optimise the combustion process.
  • Clean out the ash deposits only when they reach a level that interferes with the burning. Ash beds are helpful for wood burners generally, and aid in the combustion process.

Following these simple steps will ensure you get the very best performance from your burner.

Which fuels to use for your stove

One of the great advantages to using stove burners in your home, is the flexibility that they afford in respect of fuel. The types of fuel that can be burned will primarily depend on the type of burner that you have.

Wood burners burn either wood or wood pellets. Wood can either be purchased from retailers directly, or can be claimed for free from builders yards, hedgerows or from the garden. Always check with the landowner first when taking away wood, and also make sure that the wood that you use has not been treated in any way. This last point is especially important from a safety perspective.

Multi fuel burners give even more flexibility. They are designed to burn both wood (as outlined above) and also biomass too. Again, this can be reclaimed from natural surroundings, but  many specialist fuel manufacturers produce specifically manufactured fuel pellets for multi fuel burners. These are cost effective, and burn with a high degree of efficiency.