Dating of multi use containers
Softwoods are also the better woods for kindling a fire, since they generally burn hotter so aid drying and igniting larger woods present, but small slices of any type of wood can be used as kindling.
Dry wood produces more usable heat than wet wood, since the energy contained in evaporated water is lost up the chimney.
High heating efficiencies on closed appliances can only be attained by controlling the supply of air to the fire chamber (operating the air control correctly).
Many wood-burning stoves are engineered such that they can be converted to multi-fuel stoves with the addition of a grate.Overfiring is caused when too much heat is generated within the fire chamber, which will lead to warping, buckling and general damage to the stove and its internal components.Individual stoves will have their own quirks, so it is necessary to learn each new stove's settings.Hardwood is most often preferred for heating since it burns over a longer period, and produces a consistent temperature as it burns.Hardwood also creates a greater amount of ash as it burns, producing a bed of ash coals, which help retain heat as firewood burns.