This is one of the oldest methods of drying wood. Drier wood is more efficient because energy is not lost when moisture is evaporated, this means the wood burns hotter and for longer. Well dried wood is also easier to light, doesn’t hiss or spit and smokes far less than damp wood.
Burning drier wood results in less soot or carbon build up keeping your fireplace and chimney cleaner while working towards environmental benefits as set out recently by the government.
The official body recognised by the government for setting standards for wood fuel is Woodsure. Woodsure is the UK’s only woodfuel quality assurance scheme. It certifies suppliers for reliable, high-quality wood fuels.
Woodsure – Ready to Burn
Fuel with a moisture content less than 20% is recommended for modern high performance stoves and generates significantly fewer emissions than burning woodfuel of a higher moisture content (up to 80% less than burning wet wood on an open fire!!).
With the current emphasis on poor air quality, particularly in urban environments, it always pays to burn wood fuel with a moisture content between 8% and 20%.
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