What to do with your leftover BBQ ashes? Why not use it in your garden? Ashes are leftover 'un-burnable' minerals such as potassium. It will help your garden, especially if your soil is too acidic. On the other hand, you should not add wood ash to your soil/garden under the following conditions: If the ashes…Read More about Can I Use BBQ Charcoal Ashes In The Garden?
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Orchids seem to thrive in a porous material. In Asia, most orchids are sold in coconut husks filled with charcoal. Orchid growers swear by it and list the following reasons: To keep the "mix" sweet. To filter impurities. Laboratory tests show that charcoal possesses a remarkable ability to: Keep nutrients in the soil, increasing soil…Read More about Is BBQ Charcoal Good For Orchids And Other Plants?
Wanting to open a can of worm, are you? The question is, is charcoal grilling/smoking hazardous to your health? The short answer is yes… but then again, most things are done in excess harm to our health, including drinking too much water. It should not pose any long-lasting effects if done occasionally as a treat.…Read More about Is Charcoal BBQ Good Or Bad For You?
Typically, 10 to 30 minutes depending on a variety of factors. But a quick way to determine if your coals are ready is by fine white ash covering them. If most of the coals are still black, it may release 'coal dust' on your food. While not necessarily dangerous, it may taint your food taste.Read More about How Long Before The BBQ Coals Are Ready?
We assume without chemicals, right? And by "best," it really depends on your definition. Cheapest method, how fast to ignite, the best value, etc. Here are some time-proven ways to light BBQ charcoal. Paper (newspaper, paper towel, etc.) soaked in cooking oil. This pretty much tells you everything. Place the oil-soaked paper on top of…Read More about What Is The Best Method To Light Charcoal?
That's like asking what's the best truck; a Chevy, Ford, or Dodge? You may have a strong opinion on this topic, and some have strong ideas on the type of wood-burning stove. But there are pros and cons to everything, and wood-burning stoves are no exception. A steel stove heats up quicker than cast iron…Read More about What’s the best wood-burning stove: steel, cast iron, or soapstone?
By “cleaner,” we mean less ash or maybe a higher efficiency. So, let’s define a couple of terms first. Ashes: The quality of the wood, the moisture content, and the wood species will all affect the amount of ash from burning cordwood. On the other hand, pellets are a manufactured fuel. Since the moisture content…Read More about What burns cleaner, wood or pellets?
If you buy a new wood stove today, it must comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2020 New Source Performance Standard emissions for clean air. This standard requires manufacturers to limit emissions to 2.5 grams/hour or less for cordwood. The overall efficiency rating of today’s modern wood-burning stoves is in the low 70% to…Read More about How do wood stoves achieve such high-efficiency ratings?
A new wood-burning stove, insert, or fireplace will emit smoke and fumes during the first couple of start-up fires. This is normal and is called “off-gassing.” As paint cures and oils from the manufacturing process burning off, strong odors and smoke may occur. These fumes are non-toxic and may be objectionable to some. You will…Read More about How to break in a wood-burning stove, insert, or fireplace?
Whenever something is burned, there are ‘leftovers” from the process. It really doesn’t matter what is burned, wood, natural or LP gas, fuel oil, kerosene or coal. These leftovers, or by-products include: water vapor, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, carbon dioxide, sulphur dioxide and other particulate matter. Indoor air quality will be affected. It can be…Read More about What are by-products of combustion?
This is a question that comes up periodically. And, the answer is always the same: NO! Never do this. The damper to your fireplace must be completely open when there is a fire burning. If you close the damper, even slightly, you are running the risk of allowing smoke and other dangerous contaminants from the…Read More about Can I close my damper a little so I lose less heat up my chimney?
It’s called a “wood” burning stove for a reason! The only thing to burn in your stove is: wood! Yes, use a few wads of newspaper to get kindling going from a cold start, but never burn the following in your wood stove: pressure treated lumber particleboard plywood or chipboard wood with nails or screws…Read More about What can I burn in my wood burning stove?
This is the black pipe that “connects” a wood stove to the chimney system. It’s often called stove pipe or black pipe. Connector pipe can be the standard single wall black pipe that many are familiar with. Or, it can be a double wall, close clearance pipe. Your stove requires specific clearances to combustibles. Oftentimes,…Read More about What is a connector pipe?
The literature on wood-burning fireplaces, stoves and inserts will provide lots of information. Included with these details will be the size of the firebox. The size of the firebox in wood-burning equipment is expressed in “cubic feet”. The larger the number, the bigger the firebox. And a larger firebox means longer burn times and more…Read More about How is wood-burning equipment sized?
The goal is identical, to keep you and your loved ones comfortable by using wood as the fuel. However, this type of equipment differs significantly and has different types of applications. A wood burning fireplace can be built using masonry materials or a zero clearance (ZC) unit, designed in a factory and built into a…Read More about What’s the difference between a wood burning: fireplace, insert, stove, furnace and boiler?
That depends on the quality of the wood you’re burning. Aiming for a moisture content of <25% will significantly reduce the amount of creosote that builds up in your chimney. Ensuring that your stove, insert or fireplace is well maintained will help too. The standard of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) states that all…Read More about How often should I clean the chimney for my fireplace, stove or insert?
Yes, you can, provided certain conditions are met. The first thing to do, is to make sure the stove has been tested and approved by HUD (Housing & Urban Development) to be installed into a mobile or manufactured home. Other items include: 1) An outside air kit must be installed. 2) The stove most be…Read More about Can I install a wood burning stove in my mobile home?
Adequate floor protection, or an approved hearth pad, is critical to a safe wood burning stove installation. You must protect a combustible floor with a non-combustible material. This floor protection must extend beyond the front, back, and both sides of the stove. Hearths pads (floor protection) are designed for ember protection or thermal protection. Ember…Read More about How do I protect the floor around my wood burning stove?
Most wood burning inserts today operate with efficiencies in the mid 70% range. A properly sized and operated wood burning insert can heat a couple thousand square feet of living space. Older, open burning fireplaces are not rated for any efficiencies, but most dealers would agree that if you’re getting 15 to 20% of the…Read More about Will a wood burning insert use less wood than an older, open burning fireplace?
It’s a small device about twice the size of a deck of playing cards. There are two probes or pins on one end of the meter that penetrate the wood to check the moisture content. If you’re a wood burner, you know the importance of burning dry wood. How dry is dry? Wood with a…Read More about What is a moisture meter?
Recommendations from the National Fire Protection Agency state that cleaning should be carried out on an annual basis. At the same time, have an inspection carried out to preempt any potential problems.Read More about How frequently should I clean my chimney and wood burning appliance?
The best way to minimize the amount of smoke entering your room is to open the door to your fire slowly at first. Open it just a crack then wait for a moment until you open it wider.Read More about How can I stop smoke filling the room when I open the door on my wood burning stove?
You know you have chimney drafting problems if you see smoke coming back into your home rather than going up and out of your chimney. There’s no one answer to solve this problem and there could be numerous reasons behind the issue. The first golden rule is to have a properly-installed wood burning stove or…Read More about I’m having chimney drafting problems. Why is this?
Unfortunately not! It isn’t possible to convert wood stoves into gas systems and it’s even dangerous to try. So, please don’t attempt this under any circumstances.Read More about Can I convert my wood burning stove into a gas stove?
You can indeed! Use gas logs, inserts or fit a gas stove to change your wood burning fireplace into a gas fireplace. Bear in mind that you’ll need a gas or propane supply and adequate venting to do this. One of our professional fitters will need to carry out checks to help your work out…Read More about Can I convert my wood burning fireplace into a gas fireplace?
If you have stained glass doors from creosote deposits, allow the glass to cool down then wipe it on the inside to get rid of the loose debris. Ideally, use damp newspaper for this. If the deposits are tar-like and sticky, you should light a hot fire and burn dry, seasoned wood on it for…Read More about I already have creosote deposits on my glass doors. What can I do to remove these?
By-products from the combustion process can cause the glass doors on your wood burning fireplace or stove to have a build-up of deposits, including creosote. This tends to build up in your chimney’s flue, which is dangerous and highly flammable. However, you can get round the problem by properly maintaining your fire. Always burn dry…Read More about How can I prevent the glass doors on my wood burning stove of fireplace from looking dirty and stained?
It’s best way to keep children and animals away from your fire by fitting glass doors or using a sturdy screen. You can get different styles of screen and some are transparent so you can still enjoy the view of your fire while keeping kids and pets safe form the heat and flames.Read More about How do I make my wood burning stove or fireplace safe for children?
For convection heat, air blows over a heating element and absorbs the heat, which is then blown by convection into your room. This lifts the ambient temperature and creates warmth. Radiant heat works by heating objects and people in a room and is therefore less effective at raising ambient temperatures. However, in smaller spaces radiant…Read More about How are radiant heat and convection heat different?
Firstly, refer to your owner’s manual, which every wood burning fireplace, insert, or stove should come with. In the manual, you’ll find detailed instructions and installation regulations as well as diagrams or pictures to show the clearance requirements. When buying an older model, it may not have been tested or listed. Therefore, refer to the…Read More about What regulations must I be aware of when installing my wood burning appliance?
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set clean air standards, which mean that wood burning stoves must now contain a re-burn system. These are special components that reduce particle pollution and they come in two different types - catalytic and non-catalytic. Catalytic wood stoves have a tiny combustor. When you shut off the damper, smoke…Read More about When choosing a wood burning stove is a catalytic or non-catalytic stove better?
Recently, the regulations against polluting wood burning stoves have tightened. The Environmental Protection Agency has set out regulations about how much pollution a wood burning appliance can emit. The reason behind this is that, as part of the combustion process, the smoke from a wood burning fire contains harmful gases and particles. Prior to the…Read More about Are wood burning stoves clean and environmentally friendly?
Buying the cheapest bargain you can find when looking for a wood burning appliance is a bit of a fallacy. Sometimes, the price you pay can reflect the performance and lifespan of your fire. In truth, there should be a balance between not paying too much or too little. The best advice is to be…Read More about How much should I be prepared to spend on a wood burning appliance?
Your choice of wood will have an effect on how your wood burning appliance performs and how long a lifespan it will have. Also, the type of wood you choose will have an effect on the maintenance and service requirements for your fireplace, stove, or insert. Finally, the wood can influence the heat your appliance…Read More about What is the Best Kind of Wood to Burn
This really depends. The most influential factor is the size of your firebox in cubic feet. Larger fireboxes can burn more fuel, therefore heating a larger space more effectively. Other important factors are the kind of wood you burn and how well insulated your home is. This includes the quality of your doors and windows…Read More about What’s the capacity of my wood burning appliance for heating my home?