Burn only untreated wood.
- Dry Wood is Key – 15-20% moisture content
- Dry wood burns hot, emits less smoke and creates less creosote.
- Split wood stored in a dry area will be fully dry within a year. This insures dry wood. If purchasing wood for immediate use, test the wood with a moisture meter. Some experienced wood burners can measure wood moisture by knocking pieces together and listening for a clear "knock" and not a "thud"
- The definition of seasoned wood is hard wood that has been cut, split, stacked, and stored in a dry place that can get absolutely no moisture but a lot of air for at least 1 year. Your stove will meet its peak performance when you burn a dry, seasoned hard wood.
- Pine is not a hardwood. Although it burns well, it will dramatically increase the need for your chimney to be cleaned.
Testing Wood Moisture– Split a piece of wood down the middle and test the center using a wood moisture meter.
Why Dry Wood is Key
Wet wood, when burned, must release water stored within the wood. This cools the fire, creates creosote, and hampers a complete burn. Ask any experienced wood burner and he or she will agree: dry wood is crucial to good performance.