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PostSubject: Firing up the wood burning stove   Sun Oct 10, 2010 3:03 pm

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Firing up the wood burning stove

There are lots of techniques for starting fires and like BBQ's I'm sure you will find a dozen blokes who know the right way to do it with a dozen different opinions. However you choose to light your fire? start with decent wood! Preparation is key. Buy it as early as you can. We bought ours a bit later in the year as we hadn't moved so wood was the last thing on our mind. We were also limited to what was available so late in the year but we managed to get 6 cubic meters of oak!. Our wood in total cost around 200 BGN which isn't’t bad for a whole winter. With properly seasoned wood and kindling you should be able to get a fire going in no time.

If it's a newly installed wood burner there are a few things to check. First, it's worth having a look round the house with a small fire burning to see that the smoke is going the right way and not coming out of anywhere it shouldn't? and it won't hurt to check the spare room isn't filling with smoke? This is also a good time to check your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms are working if you have them fitted.

A lot of people are a bit shocked the first time they make a fire that some smoke seems to go the wrong way! Assuming you have cleaned your chimney, a common cause of smoke coming into the house from a wood burning stove is that the hot air pressure pushing the smoke out of the house is not as strong as the cold air pressure in the chimney pushing down. its a good idea to open a window in the room with the stove alight which will encourage a draught through the room and up the chimney. doesn't sound good if it's cold outside which it is or you wouldn't be lighting a fire but it is better than a room full of smoke. Getting the fire hot fast with as little smoldering as possible will help push the air up so it's worth burning some smaller wood and kindling to get things roaring before you get the bigger logs.

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why is the top of my stove smoking?"
If it's a new wood burning stove then usually this is fairly innocent, just the paint and oil on the outside of the burner which basically burning off . This can happen the first few times you get the stove lit but if it keeps happening then you may need to talk to the people you bought it from because something isn't’t right! If you have an old stove that's giving off smoke then you could have a problem with some of the welds? or the door seal/glass seal may have deteriorated. It could be worth repairing the stove but look at the price for parts, there maybe wood burning stoves which are more efficient and inexpensive.

Another thing is to get the fire on was a set of fire place accessories-poker, ash shovel etc. which are a must! , you may need to put a guard around your stove to make sure no one gets burnt- children and pets.
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PostSubject: Re: Firing up the wood burning stove   Tue Jan 03, 2012 4:16 pm

Thanks oldun hopefully our builder will leave what is surplus to requirements as he is doing a lot of work on the house at the moment. Can't wait to start up the wood burner, 33K of output so the house should be warm afterwards!!

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PostSubject: Re: Firing up the wood burning stove   Wed Jan 04, 2012 5:04 pm

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you will never beat gas central heating such a shame they do not have it in bulgaria.

Hi starlite,
There is mains gas readily available in Bulgaria, in the towns, as we use it in our apartment. We have a nice Ariston combi boiler to provide hot water on demand and heat to 4 radiators. The only disadvantage is the price

Also, as oldun said, keep any old wood from renovation work. We are still burning wood from our old roof in the village!

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PostSubject: Re: Firing up the wood burning stove   Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:48 pm

I think i will be long gone before they get gas to the villages . but i did not know when i came to bulgaria that they did underfloor heating, its fabulous ( dont know the running costs) clean and modern. I did not think bulgaria was so advanced in modern technology. how wrong can one be.
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PostSubject: Re: Firing up the wood burning stove   Fri Jan 06, 2012 12:49 pm

We have underfloor heating and its fantastic especially as all our floors are tiled its lovely to wake upto on a cold frosty morning not sure of the running cost but can you put a cost on comfort?.
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PostSubject: Re: Firing up the wood burning stove   Fri Jan 06, 2012 1:32 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Firing up the wood burning stove   Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:53 pm

Wouldn't have been much good to us today when the electric was off for 3 hours. Good job we had a back up battery for our woodburner and a gas ring!
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PostSubject: Re: Firing up the wood burning stove   Wed Jan 18, 2012 10:33 am

We will be moving to BG in late February and we are wondering how much wood we will need to see the winter out. Our wood burner is a Prity 33 kilowatt. At the moment there is a few twigs in the garden!!!!

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PostSubject: Re: Firing up the wood burning stove   Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:17 pm

Your going to need a bit more than a few twigs it will be colder than you think so I would get yourself some logs sorted as soon as you can.
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PostSubject: Re: Firing up the wood burning stove   Tue Feb 14, 2012 6:34 pm

Hope you got your logs sorted out its still quite cold and a fare bit of snow about.
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PostSubject: Re: Firing up the wood burning stove   Thu Feb 16, 2012 9:32 pm

Well, we will be lucky to fire our wood burner up Sunday week, not a matchstick in sight!!!

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PostSubject: Re: Firing up the wood burning stove   Fri Feb 17, 2012 9:34 am

Wish we could help with your wood situation Itchyfeet but we have no other contacts except for our village supplier who would be no use to you over your way. More snow last night. The weather changes so quickly sometimes over here that we may go straight into warm Spring weather which will mean floods to worry about rather than ice!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Firing up the wood burning stove   Fri Feb 17, 2012 9:44 am

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Wish we could help with your wood situation Itchyfeet but we have no other contacts except for our village supplier who would be no use to you over your way. More snow last night. The weather changes so quickly sometimes over here that we may go straight into warm Spring weather which will mean floods to worry about rather than ice!!!


Yes oldun we are keeping our fingers crossed that we can still move next Saturday given the weather. Our friend who is moving us lives in Yambol, so he won't set out for us in Turkey unless he is certain to get us through to our house in VT.

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PostSubject: Re: Firing up the wood burning stove   Sat Feb 18, 2012 6:26 pm

There is wood in our Village yard but its a heck of a long way to VT. (Yambol) The prices have gone through the roof as the last rumored price was over 77 Lev per Cubic

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PostSubject: Re: Firing up the wood burning stove   Sat Feb 18, 2012 6:42 pm

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There is wood in our Village yard but its a heck of a long way to VT. (Yambol) The prices have gone through the roof as the last rumored price was over 77 Lev per Cubic

Thanks Tony - we will pass through Yambol on the way up to VT, so hopefully we can get some wood there.  Will there be a cup of coffee on the table ready for us!!

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PostSubject: Re: Firing up the wood burning stove   Fri Sep 25, 2015 9:19 am

Just thought I would wake this topic up as its getting close to the time of year where we all need to sort out our heating.
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