Heating your home can add to your winter energy bills, but by making a few simple changes you can minimise your energy costs and have a cosy home.
Wood heaters that are not managed properly not only waste hundreds of dollars a year, but also damage the environment and cause respiratory problems for people.
To get the most out of your wood heater this winter follow these simple tips:
Before use, inspect the flue/chimney
It is important to check for build-up of soot, holes or leaks and remove excessive ash. Accumulated soot can cause dangerous chimney fires.
Burn only dry, seasoned, untreated wood
Dry seasoned wood burns best and can save you 40% of your operating costs. Storing wood correctly in a dry, well ventilated pile, stacked in a criss-cross way, will help keep it dry. Burning wet, green or treated timber costs you money and creates excessive smoke.
Start small and allow the fire to burn brightly
Use small dry kindling to get your fire started and once a flame is established, loosely stack wood in your firebox to allow for air circulation. The heater should run with the air controls fully open for five minutes before and 20 minutes after adding more logs.
Regularly check your flue/chimney
Some smoke may be visible in the first 15-20 minutes when first lit and for a short time after more wood has been added. Continuous grey smoke indicates incomplete burning which leads to pollution and wasted fuel. Adjust the fuel load and increase the air settings to reduce the smoke production.
If a neighbour’s wood heater is smoking excessively the best approach is to talk to them about it, they may not be aware smoke is causing a problem. Work with your neighbour to find a solution.
For more information contact Council on 8372 8888.