Improving the Doors in Your Home

When it comes to protecting your home, the doors are the first and last line of defence. If you do not have a good set of doors in your home, you are asking for trouble. I discovered this the hard way when my home was broken into. The doors were old and wooden and not very strong. As soon as I had reported it to the police, I called in a contractor who could recommend some strong quality doors to protect my place. The contractor was great and I learnt an awful lot from him. I hope you enjoy my blog.

Wood Stove Basics: Three Useful Guidelines for Using Wood Heaters


Space heaters provide an efficient and safe way of generating heat and obtaining the much-needed comfort during the cold seasons. Among the various types of space heaters, wood and firewood stoves are very reliable, readily available, and affordable. However, many individuals often shy away from this heating solution due to the assumption that using wood is complex. You may have numerous questions concerning wood heaters and how to use them. This article will address some of the essential lessons and guidelines that will make the process of heating with wood easy and convenient.

There is no Formula for Building a Fire

Are you afraid that you may be making a fire the wrong way? If so, worry not as there is no right way to light a fire. Whichever way you do it is okay as long as you get a fire going. Your goal should be to get the fire burning fast and so hot so that there is little or no smoke coming out of the chimney. Try a bunch of different techniques if you've come across any while researching and choose the easiest and which gives the best results. You can even turn the task into an exciting one by trying ancient ways of starting a fire without matches.

Gather Enough Wood

Wood stove enthusiasts say that it's better to have too much firewood than not enough. Various factors go into determining the amount of wood that will sustain your heater. These include your home's insulation, the temperatures during the season, kind of firewood, and the efficiency of the wood.

Poorly insulated homes will require a lot of firewood, especially if the temperatures during the cold season are too low. Similarly, low-quality wood that burns out quickly will be used up fast, and you will be required to use more of it as compared to if it was quality and efficient. Take all these factors into consideration when sourcing for wood to ensure that you have the right quantity.

Insulation is Your Best Friend

There's nothing more inefficient than trying to heat a home that's inadequately insulated. Heat loss through the air spaces and crevices will cause you to use much wood or fail to achieve the desired heat and comfort. If you have single-paned windows, air spaces in doors, and cracks and crevices in the house, ensure that they are insulated to prevent heat loss. Seal air spaces in doors and replace windows with double or triple glazed ones that are highly energy efficient.

Using your wood heater should be simple with these lessons. Invest in a quality heating stove, ensure that your home is properly insulated, and start enjoying the benefits and convenience of wooden space heaters during the cold season.


28 August 2017