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Quick do and don’t guide on operating your appliance

Do’s and don’ts of operating your solid fuel appliance.

Operating your Solid fuel appliance correctly can have a significant impact on the efficiency of the appliance meaning reduced fuel consumption, lower maintenance costs and a greatly reduced impact on the environment.

  • Do
  • Read manufacturer’s instructions and only use recommended fuels
  • Used seasoned wood 20% moisture content or less
  • Store and stack your wood in a well ventilated location protected from rain fall
  • Use a moisture meter to check your fuel is “Ready to Burn”
  • Bring your stove up to optimum operating temperature as quickly as possible, use of a flue pipe thermostat helps greatly with this
  • Use a stove fan to increase efficiency and the performance of your stove
  • Ensure you have an approved carbon monoxide alarm fitted in the same room as the appliance. This is an essential safety provision for solid fuel appliances
  • Use a stove fan to increase efficiency and the performance of your stove
  • Ensure your appliance is serviced annually including sweeping by an approved service and maintenance technician. A Chimney sweeps association registered service and maintenance technician can give essential advice to the safe and efficient operation of your appliance
  • Don't
  • Don’t use logs that are to large, 4-6” or 100-150mm diameter recommended
  • Don’t burn wood or coal on open fires in smoke control areas
  • Don’t burn household waste in your appliance, this can have a detrimental affect to the integrity of your installation
  • Don’t slumber your appliance by shutting down the air controls for long periods or overnight.
  • Avoid the myth “the bigger the better”. An oversized appliance can lead to uncomfortably warm living space causing you to close down the air supply to the appliance, effectively slumbering the stove
  • Don’t mix fuel types, burning wood and smokeless fuel have different characteristics therefore mixing these fuels means you will not get the most out of either fuel reducing the efficiency of your appliance and resulting in higher maintenance costs
  • Don’t ignore important safety advice giving by your registered service and maintenance technician. This advice could potentially save your life
  • Air quality and wood fuel has become a hot topic and stove owners are being asked to think about the impact of burning poor quality firewood has on the environment. A stove is only as good as the fuel it burns .