logs in front of woodburning fire

What wood for my stove? Some top tips

  1. Burn dry wood – Logs that aren’t dry will result in a fire that smolders and creates lots of tars and smoke. Wet logs will tend to blacken glass in stoves even if the stove is designed to keep the glass clean.
  2. Always burn dried (seasoned) wood, either by buying it dry, or by buying green logs and drying them yourself. Cracks and bark that comes off easily are signs of well-seasoned wood.
  3. Only use wood in your stove – wood is a major source of renewable heat energy and, burned efficiently, it produces virtually no smoke. As trees grow they absorb carbon dioxide (CO2), incorporating the carbon into new growth and returning oxygen to the atmosphere. When the wood is burned this carbon is oxidised and released as CO2. As a result, using wood from sustainably managed trees reduces net CO2 production (small amounts are released by the activities of processing and transportation) compared to using fossil fuels. This means that heating using wood can significantly reduce our reliance on fossil fuels while also reducing our CO2 emissions.
  4. Replace an open fire with a stove – an open fire is the traditional way to burn logs, it can be attractive and cosy.  It is however, a very inefficient method of heating as the uncontrolled air flow takes the hot air from the fire up the chimney, and draws warm air in from the rest of the house as well. This is replaced with cold, outdoor air drawn into the house through drafts and vents. Often an open fire will run at very low efficiencies (≈25%) resulting in large amounts of smoke and ash for very little useful heat output.
  5. Choose the smallest fire box you can for your heat requirement in your home (we can help with this), with controlled hot secondary air, and ash retained in the base of the fire – this will help the wood to burn efficiently.
  6. Use ‘Ready to Burn‘ wood.  Air quality and wood fuel has become a hot topic and stove owners are being asked to think about the impact burning poor quality firewood has on the environment. A stove is only as good as the wood it burns and so the Ready to Burn stamp of approval will reassure those who purchase firewood/briquettes with its logo that they are dry enough and immediately ready to burn.


Just ask us for advice about what stove to use and what wood to use in your stove – come and visit us in our showroom or call us on 01237 420904.

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