It is important you inspect your wood fire at the time of delivery to make sure there is no freight damage, and it is equally important to make sure you have a qualified and experienced wood fire installer. Aside from any manufacturing issues that are covered under warranty, often if a wood fire isn’t performing as it should, it will be an installation issue.
Types of installation issues that can occur are:
- Fascia’s not aligned correctly
- Knobs not fitted correctly
- Baffles not fitted correctly
- Overspray paint from the flue where the installer has sprayed to cover up fire cement joins
- Flues installed on a lean
- Clearances not to specification
- Length of flue above the roof line not to specification
- Leaks from incorrect sealing of roof penetration
Being aware of these will help you to work with your installer ensuring your wood fire performs at its best.
Other situations that can affect the performance of your wood fire are:
- The air tightness of your home not supplying enough oxygen to the fire. This can be resolved simply by opening a window or installing ventilation.
- Atmospheric conditions outside causing down drafting or whistling in the flue. You may require a different cowl for the top of your flue.
- Type of fuel you are using causing the fire to smoke or not light properly – wet wood or incorrect fuel source.
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