4 tips to get the best from your wood­fire this win­ter

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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.

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