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Wood Burning Stoves: Wet Wood Restrictions

It is essential for wood burning stoves to burn wood that has a moisture content of 8% or less. Damp or wet wood is bad for the environment as it produces more smoke and more harmful by-products, which pollute the air. Furthermore, damp wood can severly reduce the life span of your stove, will greatly […]

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How to choose the right firewood?

Different types of wood have different heat capacities and do not burn in the same way. Generally speaking, you should choose hard wood such as oak, beech, ash, hornbeam or fruit trees. They produce lovely flames and lots of embers, which glow for a long time. Drying Whatever wood you choose, it should be really […]


Firewood Poem

There are several traditional poems about firewood, giving advice on which are the best logs to burn on your fire or wood burning stove. Here is just one example from the Hampshire, Berkshire borders, enjoy: Beechwood fires are bright and clear If the logs are kept a year, Chestnut is only good they say, If […]


Wood fuels around the world

A handful of countries across the globe produce a significant proportion of their electricity needs from wood or wood wastes. For example, Sweden produces just under 1,500 megawatts of electricity this way and Austria produces 747 megawatts. The Swedish figure represents circa 5 % of the nation’s total installed production capacity. In Finland, compacted pellets […]

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