How to use a woodburner

Lighting your woodburner is one of the most exciting parts of owning one. Everyone has their own method, and each stove will react differently to where you place the logs and get the fire going. Follow these simple steps to make sure you’re lighting your stove properly and getting as much time out of your fire as possible

The burning characteristics of each type of timber really do make a difference, so choosing a less dense wood, such as alder or birch, is a good choice to temper in your stove for the first five fires or so. A denser wood, such as ash or oak, is brilliant at keeping the fire going but it can be exasperating to get it burning well, particularly if the draw to the fire isn’t that good.


DIY Tips

Want to add a personal touch to your home? Then get creative to add style that’s one of a kind to your home. Patchwork, knitting and crochet can all be used to add chic soft furnishings and accessories to your home, from cushions to throws and more. If you are new to crafting there’s lots of advice available online including helpful craft tutorials. Also take a make do and mend approach to upcycling existing pieces in your home with paint, decoupage or fabric.


 


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Off-peak

“If you elect to have off-peak (heures creuses) electricity, then EDF will provide you with wiring controlled by their equipment to switch your off-peak system on and off. The EDF off-peak equipment is usually a relay located beside their meter and fusegear. This relay is meant for the control circuit functions of your contactor (contacteur) or off-peak relay (jour/nuit) only. It must not be used to directly control equipment. The EDF relay is timed to operate in the usual manner at the predetermined off-peak times”

Excerpt From: Thomas Malcolm. “Electricity in your French house.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/electricity-in-your-french-house/id413215097?mt=11


 


How to light a woodburner

  1. To get your fire going you’ll need dry kindling plus a good firelighter or balls of newspaper
  2. You need to open the air controls fully
  3. Take individual sheets of newspaper and scrunch them up into balls to create a layer on the grate or place the firelighter in the center
  4. Make a small pyramid of kindling on top of the paper or firelighter, leaving gaps between the wood to encourage air circulation
  5. Light the paper or firelighter in three or more places to make sure the fire burns evenly
  6. Wait for the fire to take hold of the kindling and add one or two small logs above the flames
  7. Close the door and allow the stove to breathe until there is a good glowing fire – it will take 10 minutes or so
  8. Adjust the air control and apply more fuel as and when necessary
Esteem gas stove from burley

The cast-aluminium Esteem gas stove from Burley has a heat output of 3kW and is available with a log or coal fuel bed effect. Priced £600


Man-made timber

If you want the woodburner on all night, a good fuel option is bark logs — these are man-made briquettes created purely from tree bark, which will last for many hours in a closed appliance, and, for an open fire, nothing can beat a good-quality smokeless fuel. Smokeless fuel flames don’t provide as much character in the fire like wood does, but do have a consistent heat output over a long period of time (six to eight hours or more).

Stratford wood burning boiler stove from Arada

The Stratford EBW12 is a 12kW woodburning boiler stove with a pre-heated airwash system for clean glass, plus a large viewing window, £1,999, Arada


How to season wood for a log burner

If you are thinking about seasoning your own wood for the woodburner, then make sure it is kept in a well-ventilated, open area so that air can get to all ends of the logs. Seasoning wood does take time — up to four or five years depending on the type of hardwood; softwoods are much quicker to release their moisture. The log pile will need a rain-proof cover on top as protection against the elements.

It can be difficult to detect when the wood is dry enough to burn. In order to save yourself the frustration of attempting to burn soggy wood, invest in a moisture metre, which will indicate moisture levels. Wood is usable once the moisture content is below 20 per cent.

If you have limited space for storing logs, buying kiln-dried wood is a good option. These professionally dried logs are perhaps the most popular way of purchasing fuel. Most homes will use 1-4 cubic metres per year, depending on individual usage. For local dried timber, expect to pay £80-£100 per cubic metre; for kiln-dried wood, £130 per cubic metre.

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DIY Tips

Want to add a personal touch to your home? Then get creative to add style that’s one of a kind to your home. Patchwork, knitting and crochet can all be used to add chic soft furnishings and accessories to your home, from cushions to throws and more. If you are new to crafting there’s lots of advice available online including helpful craft tutorials. Also take a make do and mend approach to upcycling existing pieces in your home with paint, decoupage or fabric.


 

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Electrical Tip

“Although at first glance lighting, sockets and off-peak heating in France may all appear familiar, closer investigation will reveal that the installation methods are different to those employed in the UK”

Excerpt From: Thomas Malcolm. “Electricity in your French house.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/electricity-in-your-french-house/id413215097?mt=11


 

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