Winter warmth

CHOOSING YOUR WOOD FOR YOUR WOOD BURNER

by Gill Storey


Rating 10 corresponds to wood which gives the greatest heat per dm3 (litre) and 5 to the wood which only gives half as much heat. All firewood must of course be properly dried and stored carefully. 

GOOD
FRENCH ENGLISH HEAT RATING
Charme Hornbeam 10
Chêne Oak 9.9
Frêne Ash 9.2
Érable Maple 9.1
Bouleau Birch 8.9
Orme Elm 8.4
Hêtre Beech 8
AVERAGE
FRENCH ENGLISH HEAT RATING
Saule Willow 7
Sapin Fir and Pine 6.7
Aulne Alder 6.7
Pin Sylvestre Scots Pine 6.7
Mélèze Larch 6.6
Tremble Aspen 6.5
Tilleul Lime 5.7
Peuplier Poplar 5.1

CHOOSING YOUR WOOD FOR YOUR WOOD BURNER

It is best to order wood from your wood merchant in early summer, as the price may go up later in the season. Make sure that you buy seasoned firewood that has been cut and dried out for at least a year, as freshly cut wood has a very high moisture content and will leave creosote deposits in your chimney. Wood is sold by the stère (cubic metre) and there are 1000 dm3 in a stère. The price varies with its efficiency as heating material. It can be ordered by length (usually 50cm) although some stoves may take shorter lengths of wood.

Looking for logs or wood burning stoves?

Flames burning wood in a fireplace

CAN TILLET

For seasoned firewood – oak or ash.

Oak or chestnut cut to size – planks, beams, etc.

Free delivery.

GAIETÉ DU FEU

Log fires, pellet burners, wood burning stoves?
Pop into the Gaieté du Feu showrooms at 2480 Av Julien Panchot KM 3, route de Thuir 66000 PERPIGNAN Tel: 04 68 54 13 33
www.gaiete-du-feu.com

There’s no smoke without fire

fire

Fire damage resulting from a chimney fire is one of the most common insurance claims in France. Any chimney that is in use needs to be swept at least once per year. Many insurers will NOT pay out for fire damage without a cleaning certificate (“certificat de ramonage”) which your chimney sweep (ramoneur) will leave you when he cleans your chimney.

Of course, the most important reason for keeping your chimney clean is the risk of fire and the danger of breathing in carbon monoxide which stays in the house instead of being released through the chimney

Useful vocab with ‘bois’ (wood)

gueule de bois – hangover
bois de chauffage – firewood
bois de construction – timber
bois de pin – pine
bois mort – dead wood
charbon de bois – charcoal
chaudière à bois/granulés de bois – wood/ wood-pellet fuelled boiler
chèque en bois – rubber cheque
feu de bois – wood fire
toucher du bois – touch wood

 

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