SAFETY FIRST! IT'S ALL SOUND ADVICE
For your family's safety - To help you save money, as well as the environment!
DO bring the stove to operating temperature quickly and try to keep it there.
DO use dry wood (20% moisture or less).
DO use manufacturer's recommended fuels.
DO sweep your chimney regularly. A professional sweep can give lots of useful, extra advice.
DO store and stack your logs so they are well ventilated.
DO use a thermometer, moisture meter, and stove fan to help improve efficiency, save money, and reduce pollution.
DO fit a carbon monoxide alarm. This has nothing to do with how the fire burns. It's just common sense.
DO consider replacing your stove with a modern efficient model if you have an older, or inefficient stove, or one that too powerful. You'll instantly begin to save money and burn cleaner.
DON'T close off the air to 'slumber' the fuel for long periods, or overnight.
DON'T use large logs - 4 to 6 inch / 100 to 150mm diameter is best.
DON'T burn wood or coal on open fires in Smoke Control Areas.
DON'T allow smoke to come from the top of the chimney (unless you have just lit, or just refuelled the fire).
DON'T buy a stove which is too big (too powerful) for the room. You'll get too hot and be likely to shut the air controls too much. The burning temperature will drop, fuel will be wasted, and pollution increased.
DON'T be tempted to fit, or alter, any part of a solid fuel system yourself. It's far too easy to get something wrong.
DON'T mix smokeless fuel and wood. You won't get the best from either fuel.
DON'T burn plastic waste or treated waste wood. It stinks and it's toxic.