THE FIREWOOD OBSESSION: WOOD BURNING TIPS

We really love firewood. Every aspect of it. We could talk about it for hours. From cutting to stacking and finally burning, we thought that we were the most obsessed with the entire subject. Then we got introduced to our friends in Norway by staff writer Bob Weinstein of the Chronicle Herald in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In his article, Bob mentions a 12-hour television program called “National Firewood Night” which takes the cake for the most in-depth television show on firewood that we know (and only for that matter).

In fact, our friends in Norway are down right obsessed with firewood. If you consider Bob’s report that says 1.2 million Norwegian homes have fireplaces, wood stoves or both, then you’ll see why a 12-hour program on firewood is highly popular in Norway.

Reading the article we thought there was a lot of insight we could touch on as well. Considering these tips come from the Norwegian authority on the subject Lars Mytting and his book “Solid Wood: All About Chopping, Drying and Stacking Wood – and the Soul of Wood-Burning” we thought we should definitely pass them down to you, our loyal customer and supporter. Besides, if you’re not going to read the book like we are then at least you can get the cliff notes from our experience. Here are a few tips covered in Bob Weinstein’s article and taken from Lars Mytting’s book:

Healthy Overnight Heating:

 

If you’re like most people. you close the air supply so that the coals smolder and provide continuous heat overnight. It’s what is most commonly done in homes across the country and it can be done better. Since slow smoldering coals are a source of pollution, there is a safer environmentally friendly way to heat your house at night while also making sure it’s better prepped for the morning. Not to mention after several hours of smoldering, the heat will diminish anyway.

 

The most effective burning method is to load the wood stove with large logs right before you go to bed, but make sure to keep the flu wide open. When the fire does die out on its own, sufficient heat will be generated and the insulation of your home will trap the heat inside which makes for a much more pleasant temperature when you get out of bed. Not to mention the added bonus of having the stove stay warm, which will make for an easy start the next morning.

 

 

Different Types of Wood Yield Different Heat Levels:

 

Firewood is firewood, right? Wrong. Many people aren’t aware that different types of wood will generate a different source of heat for you. For instance, the cleaner burning soft wood is better for starting fires so you should always use them to begin with. After the fire is established though, switch to hard wood to add heat to the fire and provide a more consistent burn. The variety of the two will make for an excellent fire. Lars Mytting is quick to point out that the amount of wood needed is contingent upon the size of the stove’s firebox as well as the length and breadth of the wood you’re burning.

 

Get the Maximum Amount of Heat

 

Although the sight of a fire is often a relaxing, mood setting thing, we’re often times using it for the heat source that it provides. In order to get the maximum amount of heat, it’s best to keep the flu control wide open so the flames are more intense which obviously makes the wood burn hot. This will also decrease the amount of pollution that is let off due to the gas particles combusting and producing heat instead. Once your warm however, try controlling the temperature by the amount of wood used and not by regulating the flu control.

 

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