How to choose the right fuel for your wood­burn­ing stove

We all lust af­ter a beau­ti­ful wood­burner in our liv­ing rooms, but do make sure that you are us­ing the right fuel

Cotswold Life - - INSIDE -

The ef­fi­ciency of mod­ern heat­ing ap­pli­ances is at the fore­front of both the in­dus­try’s and con­sumers’ minds. Yet while stove or boiler man­u­fac­tur­ers con­tinue to de­velop new and en­hanced prod­ucts to im­prove ef­fi­ciency, it is the crit­i­cal is­sue of the qual­ity of the fuel burnt that is of­ten over­looked, says Bruce Allen, chair of Wood­sure – the UK’S only wood fuel qual­ity as­sur­ance scheme which pro­vides cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for fire­wood, bri­quettes, wood­chip, hog fuel and pel­lets.

Bruce says, “It is im­por­tant home­own­ers and busi­nesses think about what they burn. The Wood­sure stamp of ap­proval for fuel sup­pli­ers re­as­sures buy­ers that the fuel they are pur­chas­ing was legally sourced and sub­jected to a qual­ity con­trol process. For busi­nesses, the scheme iden­ti­fies for you re­spon­si­ble, trust­wor­thy fuel sup­pli­ers. For those who have just spent a few thou­sand on get­ting the right stove for their home, it is vi­tal to buy good qual­ity fuel to en­sure the stove works ef­fi­ciently and re­li­ably.”

Bruce says, “When busi­nesses and con­sumers use good qual­ity fuel, this means fewer par­tic­u­lates are re­leased into the at­mos­phere, more heat ef­fi­ciency from the ap­pli­ance and less main­te­nance. In this way, ap­pli­ance heat ex­chang­ers and chim­neys are less likely to block, will re­main eas­ier to clean and main­tain and will have a longer life­span.”

Bruce con­tin­ues, “Wood en­ergy is both sus­tain­able, when de­rived from well-man­aged wood­lands, and low-car­bon, with new tree growth ab­sorb­ing CO2 from the at­mos­phere equiv­a­lent to that used when burn­ing wood fuel. A healthy wood fuel in­dus­try partly de­pends on buy­ers of fuel be­ing in­formed on the dif­fer­ent fuel types, cor­rect stan­dards and pro­cesses.”

He­len Oliver from The Clun Log Com­pany in Clun, Shrop­shire, a Wood­sure ac­cred­ited sup­plier says, “We were keen to join the Wood­sure scheme and reg­is­tered our kiln dried logs with them in 2017. We’ve been in­stalling stoves and sweep­ing chim­neys since 2003 and have seen the prob­lems that cus­tomers have from burn­ing un­sea­soned tim­ber. We also felt some­times there is a gap in the cus­tomers’ knowl­edge – per­haps they hadn’t been brought up with solid fuel ap­pli­ances and didn’t re­alise the need to select their logs care­fully. Hav­ing back­ing from Wood­sure val­i­dates our prod­uct, adds cred­i­bil­ity to what we are do­ing and gives con­sumers peace of mind. The ac­cred­i­ta­tion lends it­self to good work­ing prac­tices within the fire­wood in­dus­try.”

ABOVE: For those who have just spent a few thou­sand on get­ting the right stove for their home, it is vi­tal to buy good qual­ity fuel to en­sure the stove works ef­fi­ciently and re­li­ably

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