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
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