Create a good indoor climate with your woodburning stove
A woodburning stove creates a snug and cosy atmosphere on the cold days of winter. But you may have heard that it may generate a problematic indoor climate for e.g. asthmatics. The good news, however, is that there is a lot you can do to prevent your stove from polluting – indoors as well as in your neighbourhood. You will be able to cope effectively with establishing a good indoor climate with a woodburning stove in your home. Modern woodburners pollute to far lesser degrees, and we also know what to do to prevent the development of too much smoke when the woodburner is fired up.
Before lighting up your woodburner for the FIRST time
The first times you light up should be weak, thus allowing the paint of the woodburner to harden before more forceful firing. The setting of valves, light-up method and burning intervals will depend on funnel draught, wind and weather conditions, heating requirements, fuel, etc. Hence, it may take some time before you will have come to know the correct function of your oven under given circumstances.
The key to prevent your stove from generating a poor indoor climate is to have a woodburning stove of good quality as well as correct maintenance. Below, we have set out a few pieces of good advice on what to do in order to establish a good indoor climate and prevent your stove from causing pollution.
Indoor climate and woodburners – what you need to do:
- Only use dry firewood - A guide to firewood and correct kindling
- Ensure that woodburners' flue outlets are correct - Choose the right woodburner
- NEVER burn waste matter
- Be sure to air the room thoroughly whenever your woodburner has been used
- Replace your woodburner if it predates 1990
Take steps to prevent your woodburner from polluting and inconveniencing your neighbourhood
- Make sure that your chimney is of the right height - Chimney for your woodburner
- Use proper kindling wood - A guide to firewood and correct kindling