Dos and Dont’s

* Bring the stove to operating temperature quickly and try to keep it there
* Use dry wood – 20% moisture or less
* Use manufacturer’s recommended fuels
* Sweep your chimney regularly. A professional sweep can gibe lots of useful extra advice
* Store and stack your logs so they are well ventilated
* Use a thermometer, moisture meter and stove fan to help improve efficiency, save money and reduce pollution
* Fit a carbon monoxide alarm. This has nothing to do with how the stove burns, it’s just common sense
* If you have an older or inefficient stove or one that’s too powerful, consider replacing it with a modern efficient model. You’ll instantly begin to save money and burn cleaner

* Don’t close off the air to ‘slumber’ the fuel for long periods or overnight
* Don’t use large logs – 4-6″/100 – 150 cm diameter is best
* Don’t burn wood or coal on open fires in Smoke Controlled Areas
* Unless you have just lit or just refuelling the fire, don’t allow smoke to come from the top of the chimney
* Don’t buy a stove which is too big (too powerful) for the room. You’ll get too hot and be likely to shut the air controls too much. Then the temperature will drop, fuel is
wasted and pollution increased
* Don’t be tempted to fit or alter any part of a chimney or solid fuel system yourself – it’s far too easy to get something wrong, leave it to the professionals
* Don’t mix smokeless fuel and wood as you won’t get the best from either and it can create problems
* Don’t burn plastic waste or treated wood, it stinks and it’s toxic