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Increase your stove's efficiency

by User Not Found | Oct 16, 2014

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Every year the stoves are becoming more popular and you’ve probably already replaced your fireplace with a new stove but are you using it to its full potential? With regular and appropriate maintenance you can increase your stove’s performance and efficiency.

Get chimney swept. After a while creosote and other waste materials can build-up in your chimney and cause a chimney fire. The chimney should be cleaned by a professional at least once a year.

Empty your ashpan. This needs to be done regularly because the build-up of hot ashes can cause the grate to distort and lose its shape.

Baffle plate needs to be cleaned once a week. Soot can start gathering on and around the plate which may cause a potential hazard as soot is a flammable material. The same applies to flue cleaning, but before you get to work remember to let the fire go out well in advance, preferably a day before.

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TOP TIP: Burning anthracite once a week will create enough heat in the stove to burn off any residue on the glass.

Check the ventilation. There should be constant supply of air so check if you have a vent in the same room as your stove and if it’s a suitable size. A good indication that your chimney's draught is affected by the lack of air is if your stove is smoking when you use it. You can test your chimney’s draught by simply opening the window in the room - if the smoking stops that means that the air supply is insufficient.

Avoid burning rubbish, plastic and damp solid fuels. We advise you to use better quality products as they produce more heat and they will keep the chimney and flue cleaner.

Choose the right fuel for your stove and your area. Remember to check if you live in smoke controlled area meaning you should only use smokeless fuels

Brian’s Bio

Hi, my name is Brian. I am the Branch Manager in Glanbia Countrylife in New Ross, Co.Wexford. I’ve worked in retail since I left college in 1998. I love my job as no two days are the same - the customer interactions which are an integral part of my work provide me with daily variety. I started working for Glanbia in 2008 and saw they sold Stanley Stoves and wondered how would I go about selling them. Some eaves dropping on the then stove expert, a few training courses with Waterford Stanley and the installation of a stove in my own home have left me with the required knowledge . It’s not a hard sale really once you explain to someone that an open fire is between 20/ 25% efficient where as a Stove can be up to 80% efficient.