I have central heating in my house, but oil is very expensive and there is nothing quite like having a log fire burning. My question is, does anyone burn charcoal together with olive wood in their woodburners? I am going back to my childhood here when we used to burn a mixture of coal or coke with logs. What are your experiences please? It seem logical to burn charcoal which is very slow burning over-night to keep the fire stoked.
Message posted by entrus10 on 07 January 2012 at 1:12am - IP Logged
Lavina, please be careful. You must never burn charcoal in a confined place as it gives of carbon monoxide which is colourless, odourless and very toxic. Check your woodburner for leaks before you try it.
Message posted by Lavinia on 07 January 2012 at 1:38am - IP Logged
Thank you so much Nick, that idea has now been whacked on the head! Could I just ask, is this true if the fire is enclosed and has an underfloor flue and chimney? It is really more of an open fire with doors rather than a stand-alone wood-burner.
Lavinia, although we dont live in Corfu, we have used our chimnea outdoors all winter using both coal and split logs together, and according to my husband he prefers to start the fire with the wood as its easier to light and adds the coal once its roaring and it burns much longer and more evenly.
Message posted by Dave Aspris on 07 January 2012 at 8:56am - IP Logged
If we were all paranoid about carbon monoxide poisoning we would never have open coal fires!!
Vinnie, the only thing you need to worry about is making sure the flue up your chimney is clear and giving a good draft to carry the smoke and fumes upwards and to make sure there is some sort of ventilation into the house to allow the flu to work!!
The only other thing to check is to see whether your woodburner is also fit to use with solid fuels, Coke, coke and charcoal burn hotter than wood so you have to make sure it is rated to deal with the extra heat and will not crack. Most are but it is best to check
Hope that helps
Message posted by maggy on 07 January 2012 at 3:41pm - IP Logged
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