The charm of burning wood in a fireplace or pot belly stove is undeniable. When you enter a home or business, which has a roaring fire in action, it has an immediate effect on most people. The winter months are a time when we as human beings gather together to keep warm inside our abodes. We are happiest there and are glad to be out of the elements. Some people say that staring into a burning fire is the best entertainment, especially when it is cold outside. The fire is trance inducing in its mesmerising ability to put a spell on those who sit before its warmth. There is the crackle of burning timber and the magical effect of the dancing flames.
Fireplaces are, however, expensive things to run when you consider the price of a ton of firewood. The open hearth fireplace, unfortunately, is not the most efficient heating set-up to warm your home or business. So much heat is lost due to air draughts containing your valuable heat escaping up the chimney and into areas you are not trying to heat. The open fireplace does not burn its fuel particularly effectively either. It may burn the wood too quickly and waste valuable fuel without sustaining a desirable level of heating over the day or night.
The wood heater or slow combustion heater combines the old world charm of the fireplace with modern heating efficiency. You can see inside the firebox and watch the burning logs, as with an open hearth fire. The airtight chamber, however, does not waste the fuel, as you can control the amount of air let in through its inlets. The ‘waste not want not’ design of the combustion heater saves you money by optimising the fuel to heat conversion in your house or building. The wood heater is six times more effective than the open fireplace in converting fuel to heat.
Emissions from burning wood can cause health problems in some people and poorly burnt wood is a major polluter. If firewood is green, not properly seasoned, or damp and not dry enough, and if your fireplace is ineffectively burning its firewood, dangerous emissions can be polluting your street or neighbourhood. Councils monitor the quality of the air, especially during the winter months, because it can contribute to respiratory health problems for nearby residents. Guidelines are available on your local government’s website about how to optimise your use of firewood when heating your home or business. Australian Standards have strict guidelines in place controlling the manufacture and installation of wood heaters Adelaide.
Enjoy your wood heater experience but remember to always operate it correctly by burning the right timber like red gum so that you are minimising the air pollution being emitted from your house or building. Using the right firewood will increase the performance and decrease pollution.