Monday, 14 November 2011

Wood Stove Instructions

A wood burning stove is one of the best ways to heat the home without using non-renewable fossil fuels. However, when choosing a right wood stove for your home, make sure it is an EPA-certified model. Because wood burning stoves approved by the EPA burn cleaner as well as more efficiently.

Moreover, when you begin using your wood burner, never burn any waste or used oil in your chimney as this may clog the chimney. Always make sure the wood you are using is fresh and make sure the wood has been properly seasoned before burning it in your wood burning stoves.

In addition, there are other tips for you during your operation.

1. Open the draft for the small stove from the bottom. If the chimney flue is still in place, open it all the way.

2. Crumble the newspaper into loose balls and place on a 1-inch bed of ashes. Then place a handful of kindling on top of the crumbled paper. Next, light the newspaper with a match or fireplace lighter.

3. Monitor the burning of the kindling, add more until there is a small bed of burning coals.

4. Add mid-sized pieces of wood on top of the burning kindling.

finally, a piece of advice for you, if you have a fire going, make sure it is burning well and not smoldering. If there is excessive smoke, put out the fire as it is dangerous for the health if it escapes inset stoves. Furthermore, please make sure the flue is open before starting fire. NEVER remove hot ashes or partially burned loges. Please leave the ashes in the fireplace even if you are sure they are cold. It's easier to build a fire with a bed of ashes.

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Friday, 11 November 2011

Why does stove fire go out?

Have you ever found that the fire in your wood stove go out?
There are numerous reasons why stove fire goes out. Every situation is various and different variables cause this to happen. There are mainly four very common reasons I list here. The most common reason is there is too much ash built up and the ashes weren’t shaken out enough. As this restricts the air flow that is necessary for the fire to burn. Another very common reason is there wasn’t enough air supplied to the fire of your woodburning stoves. These problems can be solved by clearing the ash and opening the air intake locations to allow more air flow.

Well, another cause of this occurrence is there wasn’t enough fuel to maintain a continuous burn time. Usually, the average burn time of the wood ranges from 8- 24 hours. Of course, a lot of variables factors can affect the burn time of cast iron stoves, such as exterior weather conditions, room temperature desired, draft of the chimney, as well as many other conditions. Results may vary due to the various conditions.

The last reason that could cause this problem is related to the chimney of small wood burning stove. There might not be enough draft in the chimney to pull the air through the fire to sustain a continuous burn, leaving unburned fuel in the fire box. The chimney could also have too much draft that it is burning the fuel rapidly, decreasing the burn time. It is usually some other variable that is causing this to happen.

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Thursday, 10 November 2011

How does the wood we burn impact performance of wood stove?

“What type of wood should I be burning and how will it affect the performance of my wood stove?” yesterday, my aunt asked me. Until now, I’ve worked in wood stove industry as the quality inspector for more than two years. If you have the same problem, fortunately, you got the answer today.

Your wood burner will perform quite well and last longer if you burn cordwood that is cut, split and dried for 1 year before use. Keep in mind, never burn driftwood, painted wood, wood with nails in it or pressed particleboard. As these woods contain chemicals that damage your stove, chimney, as well as harm the environment and be bad for your health.

Maybe someone don't know that the wood they choose will play a essential role in efficiency of wood burning stoves. They only think that the stove's quality and construction would affect stove's performance. In fact, there are several factors that impact your stove’s performance.

First, most crucial factors are the type of wood you burn, as well as whether or not the wood is properly dried, or seasoned. Each species of wood has its own characters, but all wood has roughly the same energy content by weight. The different species vary only in density. So what kind of wood should we burn to get high efficiency of our common small stove?

Generally speaking, we recommend using hard wood, such as oak or maple, but in many areas, these trees are not plentiful enough to burn. Ultimately, the most important thing is to use wood that is cut and split to the right size, and that the wood is properly dried. Don’t forget.

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Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Pros And Cons Of Efficient Wood Stoves

What is an efficient wood stove? Efficient wood burning stoves are the only heating device that burn wood and tire out smoke through the chimney flue pipe. One benefit of an efficient wood burner is that they generate less pollution in comparison to old fashioned wood stoves. Here, I list other benefits of efficient wood stove, at the meanwhile, disadvantages as well.

Pros of efficient wood stoves

1) Efficient wood stoves are eco-friendly in nature and cause a little pollution

2) Efficient inset stoves have an ability or power to warm up an entire home.

3) Wood pellet stoves need an electric power to operate but this is not in case of efficient wood stoves, they can be used without electricity.

4) Be apart from for the catalytic combustor, the other parts of a efficient wood stove usually don't fail or need replacing.

5) Environmental protection agency states that, compared to conventional stoves efficient wood stoves uses a 1/3 less firewood. This will save a homeowners transportation time and firewood cost.

Cons of efficient wood stoves

Before installing an efficient small stove, don't forget to consider their disadvantages.

1) Efficient wood stoves always are installed by the specialist because of safety reasons. In addition, they must be maintained and cleaned up by chimney sweep.

2) You have to buy, stored and carry a wood fuel if you want to use the wood stove.

Monday, 7 November 2011

Stove Fire Precaution

When you first learn to use a wood stove to heat your house, it seems tricky to light it. You have to follow some tips when lighting a stove. However, once you get the swing of it, you will find that is really is quite easy and can be accomplished with a few simple steps.

Here is how to light fire in stove:

1. Open the top and bottom air controls fully.

2. Place rolled up and scrunched up newspaper at the back of the wood burner. Put small tinder on top of the newspaper and then a few slightly larger pieces of wood on top of this. Next, light the newspaper and close the door.

3. Let the fire burn until all the pieces of wood are alight and burning. Then add more and larger pieces of wood or logs.

Moreover, you also should abide by these tips during this process.

When burning wood, once the fire is established at the bottom, air control can be closed so that all the air for the fire comes through the top air control. The bottom air control should normally remain closed once the small stove is running. But if the fire has been allowed to die too low, then the bottom air control can be opened to allow air to the base of the fire in an attempt to revive it. When burning coal and other solid fuels: use of the primary air is necessary.

Another point you should be pay attention is, do not run inset stoves with doors open. It may cause the house fire.

When you’re going to add woods for burning stove, stove gloves should be used as handle becomes hot when the stove is in use. In addition, never use wood burning stoves without firebricks in place - they protect the steel from oxidation.

Hope these tips may do helps for you, especially for stove green hands.

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Friday, 4 November 2011

Causes For Poor Stove Performance

Sometimes, it seems that the wood stove just isn't working as well as it used to. Do you have such a feeling?

Maybe, you will meet other stove problems, such as smoking, catalyst malfunction, etc. However, today, I’d like to talk about the issue of wood burning stoves poor performance.

Here is a list of possible causes for poor stove performance you can consider. Hope you can benefit from them.

Worn or missing gaskets

Leaky inset stoves will often show a marked decrease in performance. You may find much information about checking and replacing the gaskets discussions.

Wood stove chimney needs cleaning

If the venting system is getting blocked with soot and creosote, it will make a world of difference in terms of performance and safety. Therefore, checking and cleaning your wood burner chimneys as more as well.

Poor wood supply

Are you using the same fuel as always, or a new load? If your wood's too green or wet, it might be the culprit. Burn some other materials, for instance, oak tree.

Changes in the house

Have you recently altered the house, by adding insulation, replacement windows, or new caulking?

Of course, these are not all causes that cause your small stove work inefficiently. You can find other reasons that cause poor performance.

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Thursday, 3 November 2011

Specifications Of Wood Stoves

Recently, I saw lots of questions on yahoo about installation of wood stove. Some individuals don’t know how to install a newly-bought wood stove. Some want to install it by themselves.

Here are some specifications of installing inset stoves, you must follow to get the maximum advantage out of a wood stove:

It is always better to get professional help for installing the wood stove. In the beginning, you might not see any problem with the working of the stove, however, once a problem arises, it can become the terrible, serious cause factor of a house fire. Therefore, in order for your family’s safety, don’t try to install it by yourself. It is so dangerous.

Moreover, assure having a chimney for each wood burner. If you are installing a stove at the place where the fireplace was built, do not forget to check out how old the chimney is before attaching the stove pipe. If the chimney was built decades ago, there are chances that it may not be up to the present safety standards.

In addition, you should consider the layout of your house and lifestyle of your familywhile placing a wood stove. As the stove will heat its direct surroundings, it will be better to install it in a space where all of you spend most of the time.

Then, be clear about the minimum clearance requirements before placing wood burning stoves. The distance of the wood stove from the surrounding walls and floors will depend upon the following factors:

1. Are walls and floors combustible?

2. Certification of the stove and its manufacturing as per safety requirements.

3. Do you want to install heat shields on the combustible walls?

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Tuesday, 1 November 2011

How Long Could A Stove Burn?

Do you care about the burn time of your stove? Some stove can burn over night, some only can burn few hours. How long does your stove last?

How long of burn time can I expect from one burn period, before filling the stove with more coal?

Therefore, what are these factors that affect burning time of inset stoves on earth? There are a lot of variables that can affect the burn time of the unit. These variables include the exterior weather conditions, room temperature desired, draft of the chimney, as well as many other conditions. Results may vary, but the average burn time between loads ranges from 8- 24 hours. These burn times may exceed the averages, according to various situations.

Maximum estimated wood stove burn time. Burn time depends on wood species and moisture content, and on how much heat is needed during the burn. How long will a given stove burn on a single load of wood? The only reasonable answer is: It depends.

Here is a piece of advice for you. You can consider buying a catalytic stove. One advantage of catalytic wood burning stoves is that the good ones can deliver a lower burn rate over a longer period than non-catalytic wood stoves and yet still burn clean. No things are perfect. So the disadvantage of these long burn times is that the door glass tends to get dirty at very low firing rates. If you don’t mind dirty and you’re also willing to do the cleaning, you can buy a catalytic wood burner.

In other words, a stove that has a claimed burn time of ten hours may not be better or more convenient to use than one that delivers an eight hour burn.

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