Crackling Tasmanian Jarrah in a warm fire is the essence of winter warmth. With free-standing woodfire heaters, you can bring this luxury into your home. They are adaptable, simple to set up and maintain and cost little. When properly maintained, they are an effective way to keep your home warm. Continue reading to learn how they work and how to make the most of them:
Heaters With Radiation And Convection:
Radiant or convection heat is used in wood heaters. A radiative heater should be ideal for a space with a high ceiling. It radiates heat across all directions and transfers heat to the surrounding air. For rooms with average ceiling heights, a convection heater is preferable. It sucks in chill air from its vicinity and returns warm air currents. It takes a bit longer to heat the room than radiant heaters, but it stays warm for a long time.
Most wood-fired heaters burn hardwood, and Jarrah, White Gum, Sugar Gum, River Red Gum, and Ironbark logs work well with them. Ensure to utilise cured wood, which has been air-dried for at least ten months. The moisture in the timber is reduced to roughly 14 per cent after air drying. On the other hand, Kiln-dried lumber can have a moisture level as low as 8%-10%. Your heater’s efficiency will be reduced if the wood is either wet or too dry. Damp wood takes a long time to burst into flames and burns inefficiently, whereas very dry wood burns out quickly, necessitating frequent refilling of the heater.
The sort of heater you have and the layout of your home will determine how you install it. A free-standing wood heater can be built with minimal difficulty in a single-story residence with direct access to the ceiling. Assume you live in a multi-story home with slanted ceilings. The installation is slightly different in this scenario, as you must consider insulation, heat distribution, and safety. Consult a professional wood-fired heater installer to ensure that the heater is installed correctly for your needs.
Precautions For Safety:
- Keep a four-foot distance between your stove and any flammable materials in your home, such as furniture, rugs, and curtains.
- If installing the heater on wooden flooring, ensure at least 7 inches of clearance between the heater and the floor.
- Ensure the heater’s chimney is in good working condition. Carbon monoxide poisoning is one of the hazards of an improperly vented heater. You may avoid this by regularly inspecting the flue pipe, coupler, and chimney.
- Apart from mounting CO and smoke alarms, keeping your windows slightly open while burning the wood is a smart idea.
- Ensure that the ashes are adequately disposed of. If thrown immediately into the wastebasket, they may spark a fire as the ash can stay warm for a long time. Instead, put it out for a few days in a covered metal container before dumping it.
- Use just the type of fuel that the heater is designed to accommodate. Do not douse the wood with combustible substances before igniting a fire if you have a wood heater.
- Check to see if the heater meets Australian Standards AS/NZS 4012, 4013, or 2918.
Woodfire heaters are a stylish and affordable way to add natural warmth to your home. To gather the whole family on bleak winter nights, choose from various modern, vintage, rustic, or elegant heaters. After all, the hearth is where the family is.