When you are using the stoves wood burning in your daily life, you should know how to make it work efficiently. Here are a handful of ways you can do to make your wood stove work more cost efficient. Most wood furnaces simply require a little maintenance, clean it frequently, a few repairs or the right wood to burn, etc. Moreover, there are a few techniques that may be helpful in minimizing heat loss and limiting pollution from a fireplace.
After reading this article, you'll easily know ways of making your stove or fireplace work efficiently. Here're some tips.
1. Build a very hot fire.
The best way to obtain a hot fire is to use a relatively large fuel load. Use enough logs and arrange them in such a way as to concentrate the heat in the central part of the fire.
2. Burn the Right Wood.
The fuel you burn in the wood furnace can limit the energy efficiency of the unit. Dry, seasoned wood produces more energy per cord than wet wood does. The most efficient fuel for your furnace is wood that has been split to a 6-inch diameter, which has sat stacked and covered for at least six months. The species of wood matters as well. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency suggests using hard, dense woods like rock elm, hickory, sugar maple, beech or oak. These will burn hotter and for a longer period of time than softer woods.
3. Use stoves doors wisely.
It might seem like common sense, but this does confuse quite a lot of people. Once your stove is lit, the door should be closed (unless your user manual says differently).
Close the doors and damper when the fireplace is not in use. Do not use your open fireplace at all when the outside temperature is below 20 degrees F. The infiltration of cold air into your home more than offsets any heat gained. Glass doors on fireplaces help reduce the escape of heated air from the house and up the chimney, especially at night when a fire is burning out. Open the glass doors when using the fireplace. This allows some radiant heat from the hot masonry to enter the room.
4. Stop the Smoking
According to the EPA, smoke is the most visible sign of an inefficient multi fuel burners. And smoke and dangerous carbon monoxide present a risk when you're using damaged wood furnaces. Hot-burning fires create little smoke. Smoke could indicate a closed damper, dirty furnace or wet wood burning inside the stove. Eliminating the cause of the smoke will make your wood furnace operate more efficiently and keep its heat in the home.
5. Clean your stove
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you lose 50 percent of the heat transfer efficiency from a dirty wood furnace with just one-tenth of an inch of soot buildup. Call a professional to inspect, clean and make any necessary repairs at the beginning and end of every cold season. Creosote buildup, cracks in the unit, broken seals around the ceiling and other damage can make your woodburners work overtime to produce heat.
6. Be sure of your safety.
Make sure you have the spark screen and a base for the stove.