A Little Bit of Information
Why you need to fit a flue / liner
With a stove, 80% of the heat goes into the room, with an open fire 80% of the heat goes up the chimney and this means that the smoke from a stove is great deal cooler than from a fireplace. The result of this is that a stove will usually never manage to bring a masonry chimney up to operating temperature. This can mean that the stove will never draw properly, and the cooling smoke will condense, causing excess soot and, more dangerously, tar deposits. Tar deposits are not removed by a sweeps brush and cause chimney fires and you may get black tarry condensate leaking out through the bottom and sometimes even through the mortar joints of the chimney.
For this reason it is good practise to line and insulate a chimney whenever you install a stove
Perhaps the most important factor in installation is the Flue,
If your flue is sound then usually a stove can be sealed to it at the bottom. As long as the correct top (Terminal) is fitted, all should be well.
If the flue leaks it will need repairing / relining, and this will often be expensive and messy
A good first step is to get the chimney swept and ask the chimney sweep to do a smoke test to check that it is not leaking
It is worth noting that a stove which is only used intermittently will generally work better with a lined flue. This is because with a stove only about 20% of the heat will escape up the flue, compared with say 80% for an open fire. A large brick flue will take a while to get to its best operating temperature when used with a stove.
Benefits of a wood stove and using wood as a fuel source
Stoves are great looking pieces of decorative furniture, you can't beat the cozy warmth of a wood burner.
They add value to your home. Landlords and Owners of holiday cottages have them fitted to make them more attractive to tenants.
Stoves are a reliable source of heat during a power cut. You can place a kettle or cook on a stove.
Stoves can reduce your carbon foot print and your dependance on oil and gas. We are sure you probably know by now that heating your house with
wood is cheaper than gas and oil. Wood is a green sustainable source of fuel. When wood is burnt it gives off the same amount of carbon emisions
as it would it if was left to decompose naturally.
Collecting and sawing wood is good exercise. It can be free to collect if you live in the right area.
Modern wood stoves can be over 80 percent efficient which is a great improvement on an open fire which is usually 20 -25 percent efficient. With an
open fire place you loose the heat up the chimney. They also help reduce the draft, Wood Stoves are safe to be left unattended and you don't get burnt
carpet from spitting logs like you would with an open fire.
1. Before purchasing a wood burning stove decide what fuels you to want burn. Find out if you live in a smoke control zone otherwise you could be limited to burning smokeless fuels. Many makes of wood stove nowadays are 'smoke exempt 'models which means you can burn wood in a smoke control zone.
2. Only burn dry seasoned wood. Ensure its moisture content is under 20% .You can check with a decent moisture meter which costs about £30. Burning seasoned wood gives off a lot more heat than wet wood because you not wasting energy turning moisture into steam.
3. Clean your stove with a dry cloth not a wet one otherwise it shall leave white marks.
4. Smokeless coal needs a supply of fresh air coming from underneath it so always remember to empty the pan.
5. Wood burns well on a bed of ash.
6. Always have your chimney swept at least once a year. Unswept neglected chimneys could have a chimney fires or give you carbon monoxide poisoning !
7. A stove thermometer is a great way to monitor the efficiency of your wood burner. It tells you when the stove is running most efficiently or if you have an issues with over heating. The thermometer can be attached to the stove flue pipe or can positioned on top on the stove.
8. When you first use your new stove you need to begin the process of ' burning in' this ensures your cast iron stove doesn't crack due to thermal shock. Start by lighting a small fire and gradually increase it with each firing. This ensures years of enjoyable hassle free stove use.
9. A solid fuel installation removes old polluted air from a room and draws in fresh air from the outside. This means a room is better ventilated with a stove installation. Condensation and dust levels can be reduced due to the constant air changes.
10. Have a fast burn period for about twenty minutes for every twelve hours the stove is alight this helps to clear the flue. This is especially important for stove that happen to be oversized.
11. During the summer months when your stove is not in use leave the door open. Remove the exhaust diversion system if your stove has one, and spray a releasing on any moving components.
12. ESSENTIAL ADVICE - I put more emphasis on this point than any others. Get your wood burner fitted in the spring or summer time when there is less of a waiting list ! We have too much work during the autumn rush.