Firewood is a renewable source for home heating that emits the same Co2 into the atmosphere that would occur naturally if the timber was left to rot on the forest floor. Burning wood for warmth is still satisfying. True, it takes a little extra effort, but like tending a garden or home cooking a meal, you are always rewarded. Over 1.1 million Australian families can’t be wrong.
Visit the Australian Home Heating Association website – www.homeheat.com.au for more helpful information.
Burn only dry & well seasoned hardwood.
Firewood should be well seasoned (left to dry for at least two summers) so you don’t waste energy evaporating water by burning green wood.
Have your chimney or firebox & flue system cleaned & serviced regularly to prevent excessive smoke output, blockages & chimney fires.
Use softwood kindling to start your fire, then progressively work to larger pieces of hardwood
When lighting & reloading, allow full air into the system for at least 15 – 20 minutes afterwards.
Do not completely close down the air supply overnight. This will only add the build up of creosote.
Close as many doors, windows & curtains as possible until desired temperature is reached, then open doors to naturally convect the heat throughout.
Install ceiling fans to circulate the heat back down & around the house.