Actually good slow combustion stoves have lots of air going in and not too much heat going up the chimney! Good designs that exceed current Oz standard use multiple combustion chamber designs (usually 2-stage now in Oz with a primary and secondary air input for combustion - some EU designs have 3).
Originally Posted by Farmer Geoff
See here http://www.homeheat.com.au/pdf/fact.pdf
Always burning dry, untreated wood with a moisture content less than 20%.
Ensure that the woodheater you purchase complies with the current Australian/New Zealand Standards AS/NZS 4012/4013 to ensure maximum efficiency emissions controls (AHHA) - ie: newer than 1992.
Get a hot fire going quickly. Keep the air controls set high enough to keep your fire burning brightly.
Donít overload your wood heater with firewood.
Never leave a wood heater to smoulder overnight. Doing this starves the fire of oxygen, producing more smoke and air pollution.
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