Guidance

Guidance

WHAT TO BURN

We recommend burning Seasoned hard wood. It’s seen as the most environmentally friendly fuel, is efficient and widely available here in Rural France. However, It’s super important to make sure your wood is dry and ready for burning.

Logs should not be too large – Around 5 inches in width is good. Using lots of smaller logs will present a healthy airflow, allowing the burning temperature to be higher, and preventing fuel from being wasted.

For more Info, Check out our guide to getting more from your woodburner below:

Find our latest piece in Etcetera Magazine (Dec 2020 page 44-45)

STORING WOOD

Logs need to be properly stacked, not heaped in a pile. A well-ventilated log store with open sides and a roof is best.  You should easily be able to achieve moisture content of 20% or less in 6 to 12 months if your logs are the right size and properly stored. Beware of the word seasoned, it means nothing in reality. The only important consideration is the moisture content.

 If you cut and split them yourself try to do this when the wood is fresh cut as it is much easier on you and your tools. Once split, you have greatly increased the surface area of each piece and will dry much faster.  A moisture meter is a very useful tool.  To test the moisture content of any log, split it first and then test the split surface. If the freshly split side of the wood reads 20% or less, they are ready for burning.

For more information on storing wood, Including tips on chopping logs, Check out our guide to Storing wood below:

FIRE LIGHTING AND STOVE CONTROL

Info on lighting a fire coming soon.

CHOOSING THE CORRECT APPLIANCE

For every 14m³ of space, approximately 1kW is required to achieve a comfortable temperature. So to estimate the heat output required, divide the room in cubic metres (length x width x height) by 14.

This calculation provides only a rough estimate however, as factors such as the level of insulation, wall construction, the number of window or door openings, and features such as open stairwells have a bearing. It’s therefore a good idea to have an installer undertake a survey to ensure you specify the right model.

Check out our two part informative video series on choosing the right stove for you below: