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Wood burning stove what type of wood should I be burning ?

Jack Smith


Joined: Feb 11, 2013
Posts: 4
Good Afternoon all,

After recently purchasing this stove from this company called stovesaver,
http://stovesaver.co.uk/product/aga-ludlow-cast-iron-multi-fuel-stove/

I haven't quite been able to get it up to temperature people have been saying sometimes its to do with the wood and moisture, with being new to this i'm not that sure on what moisture the wood has to be.

Any tips would be great.
Thank you.
John Master


Joined: Dec 04, 2012
Posts: 114
Location: Wisconsin
    
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I was finding that if i wanted a hotter fire that I would use smaller pieces in my rocket stove. More surface area for pyrolyzation. The drier the better of course but if you break your pieces down they might get hotter.
Dale Hodgins
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Metal woodstoves are incapable of reaching temperatures high enough to achieve complete combustion. A good masonry stove can reach temperatures high enough to melt the iron ones. There have been a few metal stoves which incorporate a catalytic converter in order to ignite unburned gasses. Whenever I've seen one in operation, the owner has had to do a lot of fiddling to get it right. They have all seen pamplets and videos of their stove performing well.


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Jack Smith


Joined: Feb 11, 2013
Posts: 4
Thank you very much I contacted them today and they were very helpful, giving me a few tips on how to get the most out of the stove eg setting up the fire sent me this link think its quite good for novices actually.
http://stovesaver.co.uk/post/hints-and-tips-on-lighting-a-stove/
Ernie Wisner
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Dry wood is the best way to go. hard woods will give more heat than soft woods. general wood know how is that hard dense peices with mixed grain will give you a hotter burn than normal.


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Jack Smith


Joined: Feb 11, 2013
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Ernie Wisner wrote:Dry wood is the best way to go. hard woods will give more heat than soft woods. general wood know how is that hard dense peices with mixed grain will give you a hotter burn than normal.


Great thank you for your advice will give that a go then.
Jim Curley


Joined: Feb 03, 2013
Posts: 5
It helps to start with small kindling and work your way up to nice coals before adding that nice dense hardwood that Ernie was talking about. You can get wet wood to burn if you use some lumber scraps, like from broken shipping pallets, but it is not ideal. A bellows is your friend.

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