It might seem unusual but now that summer is about to begin, this is the ideal time to start getting your log burner ready for next winter. If you don’t already have a log burner and you are thinking of getting one, now is the best time to make your choice and put your order in. Getting the log burner installation all finished before the weather turns cold again is advisable, as you don’t want to be caught out without enough heat for your home when things get cooler. It can also take a little time to find out if by having a log burner you are eligible for a grant from the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive’s payment scheme. Having all of the paperwork in place in plenty of time could make a big difference and help you to save a lot of money in the long run. The other reason why now is the time to start thinking about next winter’s heating needs concerns the fuel itself. If you are going to get a wood burning stove for next year, or if you already have now, you need to be thinking now about next year’s supply of wood.

Getting your wood burning stove ready

Riva F40Not everybody realises that you cannot use freshly chopped wood in a log burner. This is because fresh wood has as much as 50% water content and as a result it won’t be able to burn well. If you do try to burn unseasoned, or green, wood in your log burner, there will be a build up of creosote, which may cause a fire in your chimney and will certainly result in excess smoke. Chopped wood needs to be seasoned (dried) to allow most of the moisture to escape. This can take between six months and two years depending on the type of wood. Soft woods like pine take between six months and a year to season, whereas hard woods like oak will take up to two years.

It is important to cut down and gather your wood at the optimal time of year. If you do this at the beginning of the summer, the wood will be able to begin seasoning, or drying out, at the exact time when there is most likely to be a prolonged period of drier and warmer weather (well, hopefully). For this reason, the end of spring and the beginning of summer is the ideal time to start thinking about getting log burner ready for the next winter.

For more details about the log burners for sale at Manorhouse Fireplaces take a look at the selection on our website, or visit our showroom – our staff are always happy to answer any questions you may have about wood burning stoves and gas fires.

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