Make sure you get the best from your wood-burn­ing sys­tem

The Telegram (St. John’s) - Home Buyers' Guide - - METRO REGION -

If you heat your home with wood, con­grat­u­la­tions! Heat­ing with wood not only saves money, it also helps the en­vi­ron­ment be­cause, un­like fos­sil fu­els, wood is a re­new­able re­source.

Here are some tips on how to get the best per­for­mance from your wood-burn­ing sys­tem:

If the owner ʼs man­ual for your ap­pli­ance has spe­cial­ized op­er­at­ing in­struc­tions, re­fer to them of­ten as you get ac­cus­tomed to the new sys­tem. If only gen­eral in­for­ma­tion is pro­vided, ask your dealer for ad­vice and con­sider the fol­low­ing sug­ges­tions:

• never let a fire smoul­der; the wood should be flam­ing un­til it is re­duced to char­coal

• you should not see smoke from your chim­ney ex­cept when a fire is first lit or for a few min­utes af­ter re­fu­el­ing

• in milder weather, build small, hot fires to take the chill off: do not fill up the fire­box then turn the air con­trol down to pro­duce a smoul­der­ing fire

• a sta­ble fire is al­ways made up of at least three pieces of wood

• in mak­ing small, hot fires, use smaller pieces rather than fewer pieces per load

• each new load of wood should be burned hot un­til the pieces warm up and a layer of char­coal forms on them

• the glass doors on mod­ern wood stoves and fire- places are de­signed to stay clear; dark stains are a sign of smoul­der­ing caused by slow burn­ing or poor fuel

• you should not smell wood smoke in­side your house; if your sys­tem smokes or smells, con­tact a cer­ti­fied pro­fes­sional to iden­tify and fix the prob­lem

For more in­for­ma­tion about clean burn­ing wood-heat­ing ap­pli­ances, visit the Nat­u­ral Re­sources Canada web site at www.nrcan.gc.ca/es/erb/reed/pub­lic e.htm, or visit Wood Heatʼs com­pre­hen­sive Cana­dian site about wood heat­ing at http://wood­heat.org

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