I’ve been running my wood burner most evenings for the last week or so and been very happy so far with the way it’s been heating my house. Now that the flue is completely clear after becoming progressively blocked due to the use of bad wood last year, it’s been a piece of cake to light, and as I’ve kept it blazing away during the evenings, it’s also been chucking out plenty of heat and warming the place up very nicely.

I’ve mostly been lighting it at around 6.30 pm, when it’s been dark, so I haven’t been able to go outside and take a look at the chimney while it’s been burning, but today, because the temperature is dropping a bit more quickly than it has been recently, I decided to get it going at around 5.00 pm, on my return from a visit to Brico Depot. This gave me the chance to nip outside and take a look and I was pleasantly surprised to see that despite burning old waste wood that had been used to construct my old wood store, although I could see heat shimmering out of the chimney, there was no smoke.

This is a really good sign, because it shows that the stove is working very efficiently and cleanly and by secondary combustion of the smoke, emitting very few particulates. This is a good thing, because particulates not only pollute the air but are also not good for people’s health. When you drive around here, you see lots of chimneys emitting clouds of smoke and I thought that this was usual. However, it’s only as I have looked into things a bit more that I’ve found how modern stoves, like mine, are designed to limit, and even eliminate such emissions.

I’m really pleased to see that after all my problems last Winter, mine now seems to be performing the way it’s supposed to. And added bonuses are that it’s leaving very litle ash to dispose of in the morning plus the glass plate in the door is staying really clean, as it should do. That alone is a great relief because by the time things had become ‘terminal’ with the flue last Spring, the door was getting so coated with soot and tar that at times I was almost dispairing of ever being able to get it clean again 😀

2 thoughts on “What a difference a year makes

  1. Hi Sean, good to hear from you again. I think it was Russ (jjones) who first mentioned about the newspaper/ash thing. By the end of last Winter though, even that wouldn’t get my door clean because the black tar was so thick even after just one evening, I ended up having to use wire wool and even that took ages. It was a nightmare. But this year I guess because the oak I’m burning is really dry, I’m hardly getting anything on the door at all, just a little light brown strip along the bottom which just takes a few seconds to clean with a bit of ash like you say. But this morning I didn’t even use ash – just a damp kitchen roll – and it still came straight off, so there can hardly be any oil or tar in it at all. It’s a real difference. BTW how are you getting on with the new aircraft? Not missing the X Air I’m guessing. I’m still enjoying mine a lot – more or less ideal for the way I’m flying down here with enough power and nice big wheels and soft suspension to cope with the strips we have.

  2. A tip for cleaning the glass in the wood burner which you may already know. Wet some newspaper, dip it generously in the ash from the fire and scrub the glass. Do it once or twice and finish with damp/dry newspaper. You will need a few sheets of newspaper underneath the door for dirty drips.
    I slaved over mine with all sorts of oven cleaners etc, baby wipes were quite good but this works treat. Can’t remember where I got the info from – maybe you!
    Happy cleaning!

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