No New Year is complete without a trendy diet or two. With that in mind, Gr8 fires have come up with the Wood-Burning Stove Diet – the perfect way to keep your stove in shape for the year ahead.
All diets are aided by regular exercise and the Wood-Burning Stove Diet
is no different. Get out and about to collect free wood from fallen
trees and branches. Not only will you have fun and get some great
physical activity, you’ll also ensure your heating bills are slimline in
no time at all.
You need to make sure your stove is eating the right things. That means
seasoned wood that’s low in moisture. Water is to your stove what sugary
foods are to you and I, so keep your stove’s intake to a minimum.
Green, freshly cut wood is not good for your stove at all.
Always snack before meals
A nice snack of dry kindling will help your stove to get the most of the
logs you give it later. Lighting your stove with kindling warms the
firebox and gets the stove up to temperature so that the fuel you then
add is used to warm the room, not the stove.
Don’t overfeed your stove
Just like us humans, wood-burning stoves benefit from feeding less
regularly. If you see the flames starting to die down you might think
your stove is getting a bit peckish for more wood. But don’t reload your
stove until the existing logs are reduced to embers. This cuts down
your fuel expenses and makes your stove operate more efficiently.
Most diets fizzle out after a few weeks. With the Wood-Burning Stove
Diet you have to keep in mind that the benefits are lasting. After your
initial outlay to install a stove, you’ll continue to save year after
year. So, once you’ve got those energy bills knocked into shape you know
they’ll stay that way.