With the winter cold making its presence known, lots of people will be turning to log burners and fireplaces to keep warm at home. However, a lot of people underestimate how dangerous it can be if you don’t burn logs properly, so keep reading for some tips on how to use them safely this winter.
Never leave lit logs unattended
Never leaving a fire unattended is one of the main fire safety precautions and for good reason. Logs burn gradually, but you still need to keep an eye on them because fire is unpredictable and takes just seconds to spread. The lit logs will not spread fire if contained safely in a fireplace, but if any hanging fabrics, for instance, drop into the fireplace, it won’t be long before the flames escape the grate.
Only use seasoned or kiln-dried logs
Moisture is bad for logs, so they need to be completely dry before you burn them. If not, unevaporated dirt will be released when the logs are lit and they won’t burn cleanly. They also won’t burn very well or for very long. Seasoned logs are air-dried for at least 12 months to lower their moisture content, but you can also buy kiln-dried logs that are ready to be used straight away. To keep the fire clean and the wood burning efficiently, only use logs that you know have been properly dried.
Avoid cramming the fireplace full
One of the best things about using logs as fuel is that you don’t need many to get a fire going. Cramming the fireplace full is one of the worst things you can do because as fire burns, it takes in oxygen and releases carbon dioxide. However, if the fuel does not completely burn, the fire will release carbon monoxide instead, which is incredibly toxic. Using the correct number of logs will leave enough space for them to burn fully, protecting you from carbon monoxide fumes.
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