Useful information

 

Why dry firewood?

Burning wet wood is a barrier to efficient woodburning. Your wood heater can only operate with high efficiency and low emissions if your fuel wood has about the right moisture content. Some of the symptoms of poor performance due to burning wet firewood: smoky fires, dirty glass, low heat output, smell of smoke in the house and difficulty getting the fire started.

Why we offer dry firewood on pallets:

- to ensure an optimal combustion
- to be able to use it immediately
- no need to stock lots of firewood
- to spread the energy-cost
- to be able to stack it in a garage
- it's nice and clean

How to stack firewood

Some simple guidelines to dry wood or to keep it dry:

- The wood should be piled in a place where the sun can warm it and the wind can blow through it. Top-cover it against rain (under a roof).

- Let the wood dry at least 1 year (2 years is better). You must have a big wood shed to place the wood for such a long time, which you do not need when you buy dry wood. You should keep the firewood off the ground to prevent mould growth. You can do so by stacking it on pallets.

- Don't put wet firewood in the garage – it will not be able to dry and all of the moisture will spread in the house (but you safely can put dry wood in the garage)

- It's recommended to bring firewood inside the house 2 day's before it is burned to avoid shocking a fire with icy cold wood and to reduce the moisture content.

- The firewood must be able to breathe, so don't put any plastic around it.

Explication m³ - Stère:

One "stère" is the same as 1m³ wood sawed to logs of 1m... But, if you saw in little pieces the 1m³ takes less place. For exemple,1 stère is the same as 0.55m³ when you saw the logs on 20cm and you stack them correctly.

That is why 1 stère of our dry wood (logs of 30-33cm) nicely placed on a pallet is the same as 0.67m³. So you have +- 3stère for 2m³.

1stère in logs of 20cm = 0.55m³
1stère in logs of 33cm = 0.67m³
1stère in logs of 50cm = 0.80m³

for more information: (Dutch)
http://www.woodnet.com/nl/filliere/fed_contenu.asp?docid=1071&fedid=8 http://leerwiki.nl/Wat_is_belangrijk_bij_het_kopen_van_brandhout%3F

Starting a fire : (*)

Below is one way to start a fire without needing a firestarter:

1) Take some pages of paper from a journal and make some balls of paper from it
2) Put them in your stove
3) Arrange some kindling on it
4) Then put some bigger pieces of wood on top, but make sure you still can reach the balls of paper
5) Light the paper in several places.

 

Environment - Wood heating is a natural form of heating

Burning wood does not negatively impact the environment.

Why? During its growth, the tree takes a certain amount of CO2 out of the air. If you burn that tree it releases as much CO2 as it has taken in during growth.

So what if you let the tree die in the forest? Is that better for the environment? No, burning wood releases the same amount of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere as the decaying process.


So you do not harm the environment, and you are not impacting "global warming". Wood is simply a source of durable energy.

 

 

Burns? (*)

To one who plays with fire …. well, accidents do happen: some useful hints:

First rule :
“First water, all the rest follows!”

What do you do?

• Run (not too) cold water over the area of the burn. Keep the area submerged for at least 10 minutes
• Call emergency services for major burns (112).
• Keep cooling the burned area.
• Put a wet bandage on the wound: sterile bandage or clean dressing
• Keep the victim warm, calm and reassure him.
• Send him to the doctor with second degree burns.

Be sure the person is up-to-date on tetanus immunization.

1) DO NOT remove burnt clothing that is stuck to the skin
2) AVOID breaking burn blisters
3) DO NOT apply any ointment, butter, ice, medications, cream, oil spray or any household remedy to a severe burn.
4) DO NOT immerse a severe burn in cold water. This can cause shock.

Chimney fire (*)

Chimney fires causes...

The main causes of a chimney fire:

1. wood tar deposits build up to a sufficient level in the chimney
2. use of wet wood
3. using the wrong sorts of wood (with lots of resin) in combination with point 1 and 2
4. the operation of appliances with insufficient air intake
5. proportion between chimney and flue are not in harmony
6. a damaged flue or chimney in disrepair

Rectangular flues are more difficult to clean and pose a bigger risk of chimney fire.

Chimney fires can create temperatures up to 1400°C inside the chimney. At these temperatures structural damage is likely.
In severe cases a risk of the fire spreading to the house is also possible.

How to tell if you have a chimney fire - You will often hear a roaring noise in the chimney, especially with an open fire. Outside, masses of smoke will be pouring out of the chimney.
When you start to see flames coming out of the chimney you know that the chimney fire is near the end

If you realize a chimney fire is occurring, follow these steps:
- Safety first! Get everybody out of the house!
- Call the firedepartment
(101)
- If possible: try to put some kilos of salt or chimney fire extinguisher into the wood stove. Normally the fire will end in 10 minutes. (Do not pour salt on the open fire - this can create chlorine gas which is damaging to the chimney and toxic if it gets into the room)
- Close the glass doors on the fireplace
- Close the air inlets on the wood stove
- Get out of the house as quickly as possible

DO NOT try to extinguish the fire with water, the chimney can explode. The reason is that 1L of water produces 1700 liters of steam. The chimney can't handle it.

 

(*) this given is just informational - we are not responsible for possible accidents - for more information, please contact the competent service!

 
 

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