A clean chimney is a safer chimney
If you don’t know how to use your fire correctly, you could not only be wasting money, but damaging your appliance, your chimney, and polluting the environment.
These tools will help you get the very best from your stove and your fuel. They can save you money, help keep the chimney cleaner, and reduce unnecessary air pollution. They are relatively cheap and easy to use. All are widely available but your local professional sweep will often supply them or show you where to get them.
This measures the amount of water in your logs. You should aim for 20% moisture or less. If the moisture is more than this, the wood will not burn so efficiently and you will waste fuel and increase pollution. To test moisture content properly the log must be split in half. Then test the freshly split surface. You may not get a correct reading if you just test the outer surface.