How to use your wood heater in a safe and beneficial way

Posted on: 5 November 2015

One of the biggest issues when using a wooden stove to warm you home is the issue regarding air pollution. Using improper fuel and the wrong approach could not just release harmful gases into the atmosphere, it could also damage you and your family's health severely. Making sure you're not using your wooden heater incorrectly can benefit your health, the environment, and also your finances.

Proper materials

The first thing you need to evaluate is what types of material you are burning. Any wood that has been painted or treated should not end up in the stove. The chemicals in the paint can send harmful particles out with the smoke that can end up both in your home and in the air outside. For the same reason, you shouldn't burn any type of household waste made of wood, as these products are often treated with different types of chemicals.

Dry wood

Another thing you can consider while choosing wood to burn is how dry it is. Moist wood doesn't release as much heating energy as dry wood, yet it produces more smoke. An excessive amount of smoke could lead to unnecessary amount of soot build-up in your chimney, which is a common cause for chimney fires. Even if there are no especially harmful chemicals in moist wood, the smoke is still not healthy to breathe in. To make sure you're only using dry wood, you should make sure to split the logs before you stack them. As wood dries from the outside in, splitting the fire wood will speed up the process of drying and prevent isolated wet pieces of wood from damping the entire stack of wood.

Proper ventilation

One more thing that can make sure you're getting the most heat and the least amount of toxins from your fire is to make sure the heater is properly ventilated. Make sure to check the air intake on your heater regularly to assure it's not blocked. You should also keep the glass on the door as clean as possible, as this also is a place that allows air to enter your stove. A properly ventilated stove will make your fire burn hotter and produce less smoke, which is beneficial for your health as well as your wallet. Also remember to get your chimney swept regularly to decrease the risk of chimney fires and allow for proper ventilation into your wood heater. Burning proper materials in the right way also has the financial benefit that you won't have to get your chimney swept as often. 

For more information on properly using your wood heater, you may want to contact a local supplier or installer, like Middleton's