Wood burning stoves have been in the news a lot recently. If you live in a rural or semi-rural location you will still be able to use your wood burning stoves to assist in your heating, but it’s important that you use kiln-dried wood because it offers several benefits compared to burning unseasoned or wet wood.
Improved efficiency: Kiln-dried wood has a lower moisture content than unseasoned or wet wood, which means it burns more efficiently and produces more heat per log. This means that you will need fewer logs to achieve the same amount of heat, which can save you money in the long run.
Cleaner burning: Kiln-dried wood burns more cleanly than wet wood, producing less smoke and particulate matter. This means that there will be less buildup of creosote in your chimney or flue, which can reduce the risk of chimney fires and help your chimney to function more efficiently.
Easier to light: Kiln-dried wood is easier to light than wet wood, which can save you time and effort when starting your fire.
Better for the environment: Burning kiln-dried wood produces fewer emissions than burning wet wood, which means that it is better for the environment. Additionally, because kiln-dried wood is more efficient, you will need to burn fewer logs overall, reducing your overall carbon footprint.
We recently received a batch of high-quality kiln-dried wood, kindling, nighttime briquettes and natural firelighters from Lekto Woodfuels to try out, and they kindly sponsored our weekly vlog (watch it below) where we used their products for a cosy Valentine’s Day evening in front of the fire.
Supermarket purchased firelighters are typically made from a mixture of kerosene and other flammable liquids, and the composition will vary depending on the brand. They’re not particularly pleasant to handle, and inhaling the fumes from kerosene firelighters can cause irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, as well as headaches, dizziness and nausea.
The natural firelighters from Lekto Woodfuels are easy to light and are made from wood shavings that have been compressed into little nests, and burn for 10 minutes making them ideal to start fires, barbecues and pizza ovens.