THE HEALTHY WOOD STOVE
FHow To Properly
Season Wood: Properly seasoned wood will not only reduce wood smoke emissions, it will
also reduce your wood consumption by 25%. The following are a few tips on how to properly
season wood and how to get a more efficient burn.
1. Choosing your wood: The best types of wood to
burn are hardwoods - maple, beech, ash and yellow birch. Proper seasoning of wood is
essential for an efficient burn.
2. Seasoning your wood: Your wood should be split
and placed in a crisscross formation on a raised platform. This pattern will ensure an
even flow of air for the drying process of the wood. Cover the wood loosely and be sure to
wait at least six months before use.
FHow To Start A
Fire: Using a proper method to start your fire will also reduce wood stove emissions.
Follow the four basic steps below:
1. The ashes from the previous fire should be cleaned out
to allow air flow through the grate for the next fire. Put crumpled newspaper in the stove
and do not use coloured or glossy paper. Add 5-10 small pieces of dry kindling wood on top
and behind the paper. Open the air supply vent wide.
2. Light the paper in several places near the air inlet. Be
sure not to leave the stove unattended during this time (15-20 min.).
3. When the flames from the kindling start to subside, add
your firewood (about 3 small pieces) in a crisscross fashion, but do not smother the
4. You can now adjust the vent and gradually increase the
size of your fire as the coals build up.
FHow To Properly
Maintain A Fire: The key to maintaining a proper wood fire is controlling the air
supply. The first 10-15 minutes requires the most air to complete the combustion phase. Be
sure to add at least three pieces of wood at a time to form a shelter to sustain the fire,
and pack the wood loosely to ensure burning evenly throughout. The addition of the larger
pieces of wood in combination with sufficient air will burn slowly without smoke and
ensure proper burning.
Donts Of Wood Burning:
only dry seasoned wood in your stove
your fire burning brightly
that there are no visible smoke emissions
wet, green or pressure-treated wood
plastic, cardboard, coal or wet wood