To get the best performance and efficiency out of your wood burner, the type of wood you burn is crucial. Choosing the correct wood will give the best heat, burn for longer, and help prevent any damage that can be caused by poor combustion.
The moisture content of wood is one of the most significant factors, the wood you burn has to be dry. At The Greener Company, we have been called out to many installations where customers believe their stove is not performing as it should, only for us to discover they are burning wood with a high moisture content. This leads to inefficient burning, poor heat output, and causes damage to the stove and chimney. The best way to check if your wood is dry enough is to use a moisture meter, this will give you an accurate percentage reading of the moisture content of the wood, which should be below 20%.
The type of wood you use also has a bearing on the burn you will experience. Hard woods such as Oak or Beech will give a long burn, let off a lot of heat and produce a long lasting coal bed. Softer woods like Pine or Poplar will burn a lot faster and let off less heat, but are useful during the months of Spring and Autumn where less heat is required.
At The Greener Company, we recommend the use of Fuel Logs. These are made from compressed wood chippings and provide a long and efficient clean burn. They burn at a higher temperature than most woods, meaning lower CO2 emissions, and the remaining ash can be used as feriliser, making the fuel logs an incredibly environementally friendly fuel.
Environmentally Friendly Fuel Logs
If you wish to order fuel logs, please contact us directly on 01925 750 290 so we can discuss quantities and price.