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.

More related articles on stove, you can read if you’re interested:

Choose the right wood boiler stove

Pros And Cons Of Efficient Wood Stoves

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