Incorrect use of a woodburning or multifuel stove not only has an impact on the stove itself, but also on the connecting flue supplies.
What you burn
Any wood can create creosote and it can never be completely prevented, but burning wet, unseasoned wood on your stove will create extremely high levels of creosote. This sticks to the inside of the flue liner and is extremely flammable. A build up of creosote will cause blockages in the flue and is very likely to lead to a chimney fire. Only seasoned wood with a moisture content of under 20% should be burnt.
Do not burn household rubbish on your stove as chemicals like resins and glues will not completely combust, so instead of being released as gas out of the top of the chimney, they will condense and stick onto the inside of the flue liner. Again this will cause blockages and could lead to a chimney fire. Most flue supplies will come with a warranty, which only remains valid if the connecting appliance is operated correctly with fuels of a recognized quality.
Under firing or smouldering essentially means that the stove isn’t being run to full capacity and therefore is not reaching its optimum temperature. It is necessary to run the stove to full capacity regularly, as the high temperatures created by doing so will help to burn off any soot deposits inside the flue liner. However it is important to note that this will not keep the flue liner completely deposit free and you should still have the flue liner swept at least once a year to ensure safety and efficiency. This should be increased to two or three times a year if you use your stove regularly for long periods of time.
General signs you may be using your stove incorrectly
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