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Interior & Exterior Finishing Phase3 Winter 2017 45 wood, but it is essential to be aware of the quality of wood you are burning. Dave Saunders continued: “To maintain efficiency and optimum performance, use only dry seasoned logs. Stovax recommends a moisture content of 20 per cent. If you burn green or wet wood, a lot of the heat energy is lost burning off the excess water in the logs, rather than heating your home.” If you have space for a log store in your building project, your firewood should in fact be left to dry for a minimum of 12-18 months before being used. If you do not have the space or facilities to dry your own wood, don’t worry – many log suppliers now offer wood that bears the Woodsure ‘Ready to Burn’ logo, confirming that this wood is of good quality for burning. Choose an Ecodesign Ready stove A woodburner becomes an even more appealing choice when considering an Ecodesign Ready stove. For those looking for the latest in solid fuel heating technology for your building project, an Ecodesign Ready stove or glass-fronted fire meets high environmental standards, minimising emissions for cleaner burning products now, as opposed to later. From 2022, all appliances within the solid fuel heating industry will need to be manufactured to be friendlier than ever to both the environment and public health, and Ecodesign compliancy limits must be adhered to. Particulate matter (PM), nitrogen oxides (NOx), organic gaseous compounds (OGCS) and carbon monoxide (CO) will all be rigidly measured and stringent limits will be set in order to lower these emissions. Ecodesign regulations will see manufacturers across the heating industry working hard to achieve new standards. Manufacturers, such as Stovax, already have a number of Ecodesign Ready stoves and glassfronted cassette fires available that offer a beautiful focal point in any building project, while providing an environmentally-friendly solution to heating. Working with the Stove Industry Alliance (SIA), Stovax’s compliant stoves and fires bear the Ecodesign Ready label, showing you that the product you have chosen meets these future emission limits. “It’s worth considering an Ecodesign Ready model,” said Annabelle. “Independent research carried out by Kiwa demonstrates that particulate emissions from Ecodesign Ready stoves are reduced by as much as 84 per cent compared to an old stove.” Kiwa is a notified body that carries out testing and certification on appliances, and this research is a significant indication of how an Ecodesign Ready stove or fire could drastically lower the level of emissions from wood burning. Whether your build requires a focus on aesthetics or practicality, Stovax stoves guarantee both. Tested and developed to provide high efficiencies and impressive heat outputs capable of heating the home, a Stovax stove creates a real talking point in your build. These tips on how to heat your home with a stove will help you to prepare for the season ahead, so that you can enjoy the cosiness your fireside brings. www.stovax.com


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