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Quiz – True or False

Can you spot the fact from fiction when it comes to wood burning and fire facts?

My chimney doesn’t need sweeping because I’ve had a woodburner with a liner fitted.

false It absolutely does need sweeping or you are heading for trouble. Other checks may be made at the same time and a professional sweep can give lots of useful advice.

Storing logs round my fire helps them to dry out

false Please don’t do this, it really is unsafe. We see some unfortunate consequences of this every year.

I get more heat with the stove door open

false If the door is open then the burning temperature actually drops. The combustion is not as efficient and unburned fuel vapours are now lost to the chimney.

The shape and size of logs make a difference to heat given off

true All types of wood give about the same heat energy per kilo but shape and size will make a difference. Logs that are 5-6 inches / 125 – 150mm wide will give the best results.

Some types of wood give off a lot more heat than others.

true All types of wood give about the same heat energy per kilo. The shape and size of the logs however will make a difference. Logs that are 5-6 inches wide give the best results.

The glass on my stove goes should not go black and sooty

true Blackened glass usually means you are not burning the wood hot enough. Ask your local professional sweep to show you how to control your stove.

Burning pine or softwoods on my fire is bad for the chimney

false It’s just not true, all wood is bad for the chimney if wet or if it’s not burned hot enough. Burn it at a reasonable temperature and you won’t have problems. A stove thermometer is cheap and will help you.

I’ve had a chimney fire so I don’t need it swept this year

false You need to have it professionally inspected before it is used again. If there has been some damage, another chimney fire could cause a disaster.

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