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Useful tools for your stove

THERMOMETER
A flue pipe thermometer or stove thermometer is usually attached to the pipe coming from the top of your stove. It helps you to know when your stove is burning at the best temperature. Try to aim for the middle of the ‘best temperature’ range on the meter. You will soon learn how to reach this temperature quickly and keep it there.

MOISTURE METER
This measures the amount of water in your logs. You should aim for 20% moisture or less. If the moisture is more than this, the wood will burn less efficiently and you will waste fuel and increase pollution. To test moisture content properly the log must be split in half. Then test the freshly split surface. You may not get a correct reading if you just test the outer surface.

STOVE FAN
This is a small fan which sits on top of your stove. It is powered by heat from the surface of the stove so there are no batteries or wires. Once the stove reaches a good operating temperature the fan will effectively ‘mix’ or ‘stir’ the hot air rising from the surface. If you can distribute the heat more evenly you may be more comfortable. You may need less fuel to feel warm enough and once again air pollution can be reduced. The fans are low powered so you won’t notice any draught