Wood fuel can be carbon neutral. It absorbs as much carbon dioxide in its growth as it releases when it is burnt. Trees also reduce the level of air pollutants by intercepting airborne particles and absorbing pollutant gasses. Reducing carbon emissions that lead to greenhouse gases means wood is the fuel of the future. However, this is dependent on the cycle being maintained, hence Woodwarm`s commitment to Trees for Cities. We plant a tree for every Eco stove sold. Woodwarm would like to politely suggest that every stove user plants a tree at least once a year. There are many reasonably priced charities in the Uk which will plant a tree for you. We use https://www.treesforcities.org…
All fossil fuels (coal, anthracite, brown coal, peat, oil, gas and lpg) emit carbon dioxide when they are burnt. It is, therefore, very important to think about ways of reducing these emissions. This can be done by ensuring that your heating system is efficient, well maintained and incorporates adequate controls. You should also undertake other energy saving measures, such as increasing the insulation of your house.
The list below shows typical carbon dioxide emissions per week for different principal fuels used in the average house.
- ELECTRICITY 130kgs
- COAL 120kgs
- OIL 90kgs
- GAS 70kgs
- WOOD NIL
Recommended Solid Fuel for Woodwarm Stoves
A Woodwarm Fireview Multifuel stove will burn coal and some smokeless fuels as well as:
- Brown coal ‘Lignite’ sold as compressed briquettes (Union Briquettes). A European peat-like coal widely used for power generation in Europe, not suitable for smokeless areas, but a good easy fuel.
- Peat, rarely sold as fuel in England – not suitable for smokeless areas, but useful if you can get it.
- Naturally smokeless Anthracite – use large nuts and small nuts. The rocky cinders from Anthracite can cause even the best riddling grate problems, but it is a good fuel.
- Homefire and Homefire Ovals, manufactured smokeless. It is a good fuel and easy to handle.
- Some smokeless fuels boast to burn hotter by as much as 40%. If this is the case, the amount of fuel added to the appliance needs to be 40% less or over firing can occur.
- ‘Ancit’ and ‘Maxibrite’ are the fuels used by our test house, they come with a sound reputation.
- Housecoal. This is dirty fuel to handle and to burn. It needs to be burnt on a high heat with a good combustion air mix to stop a lot of tar deposits. Clean flueways often, tarry glass will tell you if you are not burning hot enough.
- Other Fuels. Be aware that cheap solid fuel is likely to be high in petro-coke (coal derived from chemicals). This fuel is likely to be destructive to the structure of the stove.
Always burn dry Fuel. Always de-ash frequently. However, if you have any queries consult your Approved Coal Merchant Scheme member for further types and availability. The Solid Fuel Association helpline will give it to you – Tel No 0845 6014406. Do experiment to find the best one for you, or mix them if you wish, however NEVER burn wood with solid fuel as a very aggressive acid is created which is lethal for the stove, chimneys and flues.
NB –Care must be taken not to over fire the stove and the lower air inlets should always be closed once the stove is alight. Over firing will occur when the stove is prolonged running over 300deg C. All Fuels must not exceed the kW per hour of your appliance. Approximately 1kG of coal per hour = 5kW.