Practical Tips for Efficient Wood Heating

Choosing to heat your home with wood is a great, green option. Not only is wood a renewable fuel, but in many places it’s also local; you may even be able to harvest firewood from your own property. Here are a few basic techniques that can help you get the most out of a woodstove.

Another reliable method for starting fires is to begin with two parallel logs. To build a fire this way, just place two split logs in the firebox and put some twisted newspaper between them. Add some fine kindling — 1 inch square or less — on the newspaper and more kindling of various sizes across the two logs.
Another reliable method for starting fires is to begin with two parallel logs. To build a fire this way, just place two split logs in the firebox and put some twisted newspaper between them. Add some fine kindling — 1 inch square or less — on the newspaper and more kindling of various sizes across the two logs.
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