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Plan the firing cycles around your house- ▲ A small, loosely stacked fuel load is hold routine. Be cautious about leaving the stove unattended when you are away. Using a Flash Fire – A flash fire is a small amount of wood burned quickly. Use it in spring and fall when you just want to take the chill off the house. The flash fire technique eliminates the smouldering fires that are common in the spring and fall. To build a flash fire, rake the charcoal toward the air inlets and place several small pieces of ▲ A compact fuel load is good for good for short-duration flash fires.
By mastering the techniques offered here, you will • reduce the amount of wood you need to burn to heat your home; • reduce outdoor and indoor air pollution from wood smoke; • reduce the frequency of chimney cleaning; and • increase the convenience and pleasure of wood burning. ▲ PHASE 1 Evaporation of water The Basics: What Happens When Wood Burns As firewood burns, it goes through three phases. Boiling off the water – Up to half the weight of a freshly cut log is water. After proper seasoning, the water content is reduced to about 20 percent.
41 Adjust Door Tension Many modern wood heaters have adjustment screws on their loading doors. They are designed to keep tension on the door gasket to prevent smoke leakage. These adjustments are usually simple and keep the heater working. Adjust the door, for example, when you see a haze of soot on part of the door glass. You will be able to tell where the leak is from the shape of these streaks of haze. Replace Door Gaskets and Other Seals Appliance designers use gaskets to prevent unwanted air from entering the firebox.
A Guide to Residential Wood Heating