How to get the best out of your wood burning stove

How your stove burns, is a big part of the pleasure that it brings, providing a captivating visual experience. Whether it’s the beautiful and controllable burn of our solid fuel stoves or the realistic log fire effect of our gas stoves, a Chesneys appliance will always be a treat for the eye and create a wonderful, cosy atmosphere.



It is essential that you burn seasoned It is essential that you burn seasoned dry firewood with a moisture content of less than 20%. Burning wet wood will adversely affect the performance of your stove, creating tar deposits in the chimney and causing the glass in the stove door to blacken. Use of a moisture meter will allow you to check that the moisture content of any wood that you are intending to purchase is satisfactory.




Chimney Draught

A good chimney draught is essential if you are to obtain the optimum performance from your stove. There are many variable factors that affect the performance of a chimney and your local Chesneys stockist will be able to advise you on the suitability of your chimney for use with a stove. If you do not have a chimney it is possible to have a prefabricated chimney system installed. It is important that you have your chimney cleaned once a year by a NACS (National Association of Chimney Sweeps) registered sweep.



Your stove and flue must be installed by a member of a government approved Competent Person Scheme that is authorised to install solid fuel and wood burning appliances, such as HETAS. HETAS is the governing body for the installation of wood burning and solid fuel appliances and its approved installers have all completed the training course necessary to obtain accreditation.





The door seals of the stove should be regularly checked to ensure that there is an airtight seal. If the sealing rope is not intact it will result in draughts entering the stove which affect its combustion efficiency. The fireproof bricks that line the stove should also be checked for signs that they may be starting to crumble. It is acceptable for cracking to be seen but not disintegration of the bricks as this will reduce the insulation in the firebox leading to low temperatures and inefficient combustion. It is also important that the ashpan is not allowed to overflow as the hot ash can cause the grate of the stove to distort.


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