For starters, selecting firewood rather than switching on the thermostat in the early months of winter is a wonderful method of saving energy for any householder lucky enough to be in possession of a lovely fireplace. What other benefits are there?
Read the simple tips below, and see how you can make that cosy fire even more satisfying.
Preparing the Wood
Make certain that your firewood is properly dried and seasoned, because wet or even damp wood can make huge amounts of smoke which just goes to waste.
Try to Buy Local Wood
If at all possible, purchase your firewood from a nearby firewood distributor and make sure that it’s of good quality.
Making a Fire – Learn before You Burn
You may have been in the boy scouts or girl guides, and making a fire should be simple. However, and as some of you out there are already aware, there is a special method to making a strong-burning fire in limestone fireplaces with a stove in Yorkshire that will give off more warmth using less wood.
Here’s Six Simple Stages to Doing it Right:
- To start a small fire, use some dry kindling and then add small pieces of wood.
- Give the fire plenty of air by fully opening the air controls until it is ablaze.
- Let for the fire to warm the chimney or flue prior to adding any more wood.
- Keep some room between the firewood when you add any more, and keep it nice and bright, and don’t let it smoulder.
- To maintain the proper airflow, regularly remove ash from your fireplace.
- Don’t burn any type of rubbish, like cardboard, treated wood or plastic as all of these will damage your fireplace and also create serious health problems.
Circulating that Warm Air
Fireplace-users already know that the wonderful warmth from a fireplace stays in the immediate area around your wood-burning appliance, rather than circulating around your home.
But, by following a couple of easy steps, you can help hot air to spread out more effectively, and find that you can have a much more cosy home.
- To put in motion any trapped hot air near the ceiling, turn on the ceiling fan counter clockwise and on low speed.
- Standing fans can be used to migrate hot air into other areas.
- Both methods help to redirect warm air about your home.
- You may also wish to upgrade the insulation in your home to increase comfort levels and stop warm air from going to waste.
Take Care of Your Fireplace!
Make sure that a professional chimney sweep inspects your fireplace and chimney on a yearly basis for any gaps, cracks or any build ups of creosote, because a well looked after and clean chimney will provide you with the very best draft and reduce the chances dramatically of chimney fires.
Enjoy your lovely snug home this winter!