Probably the most important thing to ensure when you're burning wood is that it is really dry, so you should always try and use either kiln dried or seasoned wood logs. You can get good seasoned wood by buying it dry, or you can buy green logs and dry them yourself. You can tell if wood is well seasoned by bark that comes off easily and cracks appearing from the centre of the log. You should always avoid burning logs that aren't dry. Freshly harvested wood contains naturally high amounts of water, between 65 - 90% depending on the species. Burning damp logs or fresh logs with a high moisture content can create tars and smoke which can be corrosive, potentially damaging the lining of your flue and increasing the danger of a chimney fire. After seasoning, store your logs undercover to keep them dry and ready for use.
Burning wood is carbon neutral, because it only releases the same amount of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere as it would if were left to decompose on the forest floor. So when you're burning firewood you can be assured that you are not harming the environment. Trees reabsorb Carbon Dioxide from the atmosphere whilst they are growing, thus completing the cycle.
Solid fuel represents an efficient and economical method of fuelling your home. There is a wide range of manufactured smokeless fuels and heat logs to choose from. As you always hold stock, solid fuel gives you independence from reliance on large energy suppliers, ensuring that you don't need to worry about supply failures or power cuts. If you don't live in a Smoke Control Area you can also burn house coal. Contact your local Environmental Health Department for more information about Smoke Control Areas.
HETAS: is the official body recognised by Government to approve solid fuel domestic heating appliances, fuels and services. Established in 1936, HETAS Ltd. is the official testing and approval body for the domestic solid fuel industry. HETAS Ltd. approves and gives the three tick logo mark of quality assurance to solid fuels and solid fuel stoves. www.heatas.co.uk