Planning a spring clean? Do this if you have a stove or open fire

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1. Check it regularly

Regular maintenance of your stove means it will perform better, use less fuel to produce more heat, and give off fewer harmful particles.

You should also get your stove serviced once a year. If you’re unsure whether your current system was installed correctly, you can get this checked at your annual service. A service will help in spotting and solving any other problems too.

Regular tasks you should do include cleaning out the ash, checking the seal around the stove door, and cleaning the outside of your open fire or stove (including the glass door).

2. Get your chimney swept professionally

Chimneys need to be swept at least once a year. A chimney sweep will be able to remove any excess soot and tar – build-ups of which will not only reduce how efficiently your stove or fire burns fuel but can also cause chimney fires.

So, when preparing for a spring clean, make sure you add this to your to-do list and get in touch with a local chimney sweep.

3. Feed it the right fuels

When buying fuels look out for the Ready to Burn logo. This means you are choosing the cleanest available fuels and reducing the risk to yourself and your family.

Dry wood and manufactured solid fuel – such as compressed wood briquettes or pre-formed fire logs – are cleaner and more energy-efficient options, releasing fewer harmful particles into your home and the world outside.

If you source wood yourself, always take the necessary steps to thoroughly dry it out before use. Wet wood produces lots of smoke, particles and tar deposits which can damage your health, the environment and your appliance.

Look out for the orange and red ‘Ready to Burn’ logo on packaging to know you are choosing the cleanest available fuel.

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