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A modern wood stove is an excellent option for home heating but may seem a bit of a old fashioned choice for some in our electronic age. But today’s wood stoves offer more than many homeowners may realize. That may account for the fact that the number of wood stoves being used as a vital heat source in the U.S. has been steadily increasing in recent years. It’s worth it to get in touch with the most basic approach to creating heat: Building a fire. If you have the right kind of wood and a dependable approach to fire building, warming your home by the heat of a cozy fire can be as much a convenience as it is a pleasure.
Figure out your approach to lighting a fire. In this computer age, most of us are accustomed to instant everything, and lighting a stack of firewood as a way to get warm can seem like a throwback to pre-historic times. For the environmentally conscious, however, burning wood in a high-efficiency wood stove is actually forward-thinking. To light a fire hassle-free begins with refusing to be intimidated by the process.
There are many different techniques for getting a fire going in a wood stove, as you can find with one Google search. The secret is to find the method that consistently gives you success in the least amount of time. In addition to finding a favorite approach to laying out the wood, you can light a fire more easily if:
- The ashes have been cleaned as needed. When the ashes pile up, the fire’s air supply is restricted, making the fire more difficult to start.
- Make sure that the draft isn’t hindered by a damper or by obstruction in the chimney.
- If the appliance or the chimney leaks smoke, there may be loose or faulty fittings. The draft can’t work optimally in a leaky venting system.
Use the right kind of firewood. The right fire for you depends upon several factors. How hot do you want your fires to be? If you want hot, long-burning fires, use seasoned hardwood. If you want fires that both ignite rapidly and go out quickly but aren’t as intensely hot, use seasoned softwood.
Seasoned wood simply means wood that has low moisture content. Never use green wood in a fireplace because the fire’s energy will go toward burning out moisture as opposed to providing heat for your household. Green wood also creates a lot more pollution and highly flammable creosote in your chimney.
Before winter begins, store up plenty of firewood. You may even choose a mix of hardwoods and softwoods so that you can light the right kind of fire for any kind of cold weather. The amount that you need depends upon how frequently you will use it, how efficient your wood stove is, and how much square footage is being heated with the stove. For light winters, one cord should probably be enough; for heavy winters, three cords or more may be required. If you plan to depend on your wood stove for a significant amount of your warmth, the last thing you want to do is run out of firewood. It’s impossible to predict how cold or how long a particular winter might be, and it’s better to have too much than not enough firewood.
When is the last time you enjoyed warming next to the world’s original heat source for winter?