Fuel Guide: What Wood Or Solid Fuels Should I Burn? | Yeoman Stoves

Fuel Guide: What Wood Or Solid Fuels Should I Burn?

We’ve put together this handy guide to explain what makes some wood and solid fuels better than others for burning on wood burning and multi-fuel stoves and fires.

What is the best wood for burning on my stove?

Wood that has been seasoned or kiln dried to a low moisture content of 20% or below burns with minimal smoke emissions on a high efficiency wood burning or multi-fuel stove.

Collecting your own firewood and making sure it’s ready to burn

If you have permission to gather your own wood from sustainably managed forests or woodland, this can be a great way to heat your home for free! To make sure the wood you collect is ready to burn, you will need to season it for at least 18 months out of the rain in a ventilated area. Chop your logs and use a moisture meter to check the moisture content is less than 20% before you burn them.

Purchasing ‘Ready to Burn’ wood

When buying wood for your wood burning stove or fire, make sure the supplier is certified with the Woodsure Ready to Burn logo. This tells you that their seasoned or kiln dried wood has been certified as having a moisture content of less than 20%. Wood that is “Woodsure Ready to Burn” can be burnt immediately and will take less logs to heat your home than wet wood, so will work out better value for money.

To help promote good quality wood as well as sustainable wood burning, we are working with Certainly Wood, a British Woodsure Ready to Burn firewood supplier. When you register your Yeoman wood burning or multi-fuel stove in the UK mainland, we will jointly plant a tree to work towards our goal of planting 10,000 trees a year. Certainly Wood will also send you a free starter kit of Ready to Burn logs, kindling and eco-friendly firelighters to get you off to great start with your wood burning stove or fire.

Why isn’t it a good idea to burn wet or fresh wood?

Wet or fresh logs have not been seasoned and can hold up to a pint of water. When burnt off, this water produces soot and tar that can block up your chimney and make your stove’s window dirty. Because of the amount of water in freshly felled timber, it does not burn efficiently and gives off little heat, meaning it will take far longer to provide noticeable warmth and requires a much greater amount of logs to heat your home. Burning wet wood impacts air quality and produces much more emissions than good quality, dry wood.

What mineral fuels should I burn on my multi-fuel stove?

Smokeless mineral fuels are designed to burn with minimal smoke emissions, unlike dirty fuels such as house coal, which are not allowed in urban areas with DEFRA Smoke Control Areas. However, when purchasing smokeless mineral fuels, make sure you only buy government approved fuels that have a sulphur content below 20%. For a list of authorised fuels see the DEFRA web page here.

Further information

If you have any questions regarding which types of fuel to burn, Smoke Control restrictions or the best Yeoman stove or fire for your home, visit your local Yeoman retailer who will be happy to help.

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