Operating a wood burning system effectively is not as simple as it might first appear. It is a complex process that can be divided into three stages. All three phases of wood combustion occur simultaneously because the wood gases can be flaming and the edges of the pieces can be glowing red as charcoal burns, while water in the core of the piece is still evaporating. The challenge in burning wood effectively is to boil off the water content quickly and make sure the smoke burns with bright flames before it leaves the firebox.  

The following materials are necessary to build and maintain a good wood fire: 

– Newspaper (No colored or coated paper); 
_ Handful of finely split, dry kindling in a variety of sizes; and 
– Seasoned firewood split into a range of piece sizes.
 
The first step in building a fire is to find out where the combustion air enters the firebox. For most modern stoves and fireplaces with glass doors, much of the air enters the firebox through a narrow strip above and behind the glass panel. This “air wash” flows down across the glass to the front of the fire because it is cooler, denser and heavier than the combustion gases. Most stoves without a glass air wash system will have an air inlet near the bottom of the firebox, usually just inside the loading door. This is the location where you want to concentrate the paper and kindling and light the fire so that it gets plenty of air.

Most people burning firewood for home heat, do so to save money on heating cost and because of the other advantages such as the cozy and comfortable feeling of warm dry heat and the nice aroma.

Lumberjax Firewood sells well seasoned firewood at the best value in the industry.