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How to burn wood efficiently

We’ve put together some top tips on how to burn wood efficiently this winter. It is important to start thinking about getting your wood burning stoves ready and stocking up on wood for the coming months. We have put together some tips on how to burn wood efficiently, and how to get the most out of your wood burner over the winter months. Should I get Kiln dried or Seasoned logs? Firstly, it is important to prepare for the cold by sourcing wood that has been properly seasoned. This is an important step, as the moisture content needs to be under 20% to ensure a clean, efficient burn. Clean burning will be obvious, as the firebox will be bright and clean, clean door glass and no build-up of black tars in the stove or chimney. Kiln dried logs are much more convenient to obtain and can be used immediately. Freshly cut logs will need to be correctly stored and seasoned before use which can take up to 2 years. Seasoned logs will be easier to light and provide maximum heat output. When buying logs, always make sure you get a Woodsure and/or HETAS quality assurance certification for guaranteed quality. How often do I need to clean my wood burner? Once the logs have been bought, it’s important to have your chimney swept and your stove serviced before you start burning any wood. The chimney should be cleaned by a professional chimney sweep and on average, may need sweeping once or twice per year depending on use. The stove should be cleaned and serviced as detailed in the user instructions,...