Installing your first wood burring stove
So the winter is on its way, the wood chopped and the house getting colder by the day. If you already have heating that you're happy with then you can put your feet up and relax. If like us you're house is something of a blank canvas you need to get a move on. We were kick started into action by a storm warning in mid-October and realised that we had all the bits (wood, Stove, Chiney etc) but need to put them together in the right place for them to be of any use.
Our living room stove which we had already brought was first on the list for install. We opted for a fairly large wood burning stove for the living room so that we could keep the room warm no matter how bitter it gets outside and also so that we could be a bit lazy and put bigger bits of wood in the stove less frequently. One of the popular wood burner brands here in Bulgaria is Prity and our large stove cost us about 200BGN (about 100 Euros). There is a lot of choice in terms of design. We opted for a fairly simple stove but you can get stoves with ovens, boilers and some beautiful craftsmanship if you are prepared to pay the price. For us, having a fire to gaze into was beauty enough and that is best appreciated with the lights turned off so the decorative side wasn’t so important. We have found that in countries where a large percentage of the population heat their homes with wood, the price of burners are a lot lower as they aren’t a luxury but a necessity. its worth looking at neighboring countries to see how much you can save, especially if you are buying a few or buying top end stoves.
Things to look out for and safety
If you are planning on having a fire or 3 inside your house, you need to make sure you are confident about what you're doing. Consult an expert and read around for tips and hints. You may live in an area where it is not permitted to burn wood (or give of smoke) so be sure to check as you don't want anyone knocking on the door telling you to put that fire out, especially after you have chopped all the wood!
Before you get your fire going for the first time it is important to have th chimney swept and a hearth built of a non-combustible material. The legs of these stoves can get pretty darn hot so you don't want it to be sat on something that will burn! You also need to check how far away from combustible walls your stove will sit. Some manufactures include instruction and their guidelines generally range from 20cm up to about 95cm. You can get the stove closer to the wall if said wall is made of a non combustible material (such as concrete) or you can put in a special reflective heat barrier designed for this purpose Some of the walls in our house had bits of straw mixed in with the course plaster so it's worth checking and not assuming. Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are a MUST if you plan to have a fire place or stove. Some things aren't worth skimping on and safety is certainly one of those things! If you're house already has a chimney the chances are you will be fairly limited as to where you can place the stove, if not, it is best not to put in to much chimney flue/piping as you want a direct route out of the house for the smoke and the less bends the better. Getting a strong up draft is essential to keep the house smoke free and fire burning brightly.
Once the stove is in position and you're happy there is nothing near it or on top of it which will catch fire you're ready to begin the fun part. Lighting the first fire.
|Last Updated on Sunday, 18 October 2009 22:19|