4 tips to get the best from your woodfire this winter
poor quality or wet fuel will be hard to light, hiss and sizzle, produce more smoke than heat, create creosote build-up, and dirty glass.
only ever use good quality, dry firewood; freshly-cut wood can have 60% moisture content, making it difficult to burn, whereas seasoned firewood with a moisture content of less than 25% is easier to start, produces more heat, and burns cleaner.
well-seasoned firewood generally has darkened ends, is relatively lightweight, and bark peels off easily.
to test if wood is dry enough to burn, bang two pieces together – dry wood should make a loud, hollow crack – or tap the wood with a key and you should hear a sharp, resonant sound.
another good test: place a small piece of firewood on glowing embers in your wood burner – if it’s dry, the top and sides should catch fire in less than a minute.