With a New Year on the horizon, it’s time to start thinking about your New Year’s resolutions. Each and every year, people all across the globe set resolutions for the year ahead. The most popular resolutions include losing weight, leading a healthier lifestyle and taking up new hobbies, but it’s important you don’t forget about your wood burner too.
In order to stay in top condition, your wood burner needs to be looked after properly and therefore it’s crucial you stay on top of fireplace maintenance. Make it your mission to keep your wood burner in great shape this year with these three New Year’s resolutions.
Sweep your chimney twice a year
Firstly, it’s time to schedule in some maintenance for the year ahead. If you have a wood burning stove, we recommend having your chimney swept at least twice a year. Make sure you book in with a professional chimney sweep so you don’t have to worry about it throughout the year.
Only use logs that are ready to burn
Too often people use logs that aren’t quite ready to go on the stove, and this can lead to a whole host of problems. Using logs that aren’t ready to burn can leave you with a room full of smoke and pollutants which puts your health at risk and can lead to a dangerous creosote buildup in your chimney, increasing the risk of a chimney fire. You should only ever use logs with a moisture content of 20% or less and ones that are fully seasoned and ready to burn.
Purchase a stove thermometer
Having a stove thermometer to hand can be very helpful, so make sure you treat yourself to one this coming year. A stove thermometer displays the burning temperature of your stove and shows you when your stove reaches the optimum temperature for efficient burning. This can be particularly helpful on cold and damp days; you can simply warm your stove with kindling and wait for the thermometer to tell you when the right temperature has been achieved for burning logs.
If you don’t already have a wood burner in your home, why not make it your New Year’s resolution to invest in one? At Fireplace Superstore, we have a range of both traditional and contemporary wood burning stoves to complement your home and keep you warm this winter. Visit our website to start browsing today.