HOW TO LAY A GOOD WOOD FIRE
It is best to use types of wood that are known to offer good heat output as well as being slow burning, such as oak, beech or hornbeam.
The wood must also have been stored in a dry, well-ventilated place; in a perfect world, wood should be dried for at least 24 months.
If your insert or stove has a damper, you must leave it open whenever possible to avoid excessive build-up of residue, since as much oxygen as possible is required to guarantee good combustion.
HOW TO MINIMIZE THE RISKS OF A CHIMNEY FIRE / CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING
- Air your home on a regular basis,
- Do not obstruct the top and bottom vents,
- Avoid leaving heating appliances on a slow burn, as the more you close the damper, the less smoke is evacuated.
ENERGY SAVINGS AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
Having your chimney swept isn't simply an obligation. As well as giving you the peace of mind that your heating appliances are safe, it will also generate energy savings.
Once the chimney has been swept, the fire will draw better, and you will consequently use less fuel. Potential energy savings are estimated at almost 8%.
Your appliances will also generate less pollution.