The single most important factor affecting the burn temperature is the way you use and control the stove.
If the air controls are shut down too much, the burning temperature drops and lots of pollution is produced. You may be completely unaware of this, so please take time to read the manufacturers user instructions and understand them.
You can have a good stove attached to a good chimney/flue and use nice dry wood, but if you close the air controls too much, then lots of damaging pollution is produced. This process also wastes your fuel and soots up the chimney/flue.
OVERNIGHT BURNING IS A BAD IDEA!
Never try to slumber your stove for long periods/overnight with the air controls closed off too much. Loading up the average stove to slumber for long periods can easily produce more than a kilo of tiny damaging particles which then pass out the top of your chimney and in to the air we all breathe
ARE YOUR CONTROLS SET CORRECTLY?
Symptoms of very poor burning habits include…
- Blackened Glass.
- Constant smoke from the chimney – the chimney will smoke when first lit and occasionally when refueling but otherwise there should be no smoke.
- Unburned wood or charcoal is left over in the burn chamber after the stove has gone out.
- Your chimney sweep advising you that there is a lot of “tar and creosote” in your chimney/flue. Please follow their advice on how to address this.