My room currently resembles a dry desert every time I use my woodburning stove. I’d have more chance of finding moisture on Mars than in my house when I use my stove – why is this?
Mr V. Parched
Dear Mr Parched,
It sounds like you’re suffering from dry heat, similar to what you get in a sauna.
Large woodburners, installed into rooms that are too small for them can produce a very dry heat. Similarly if you misjudge the level of insulation and put a stove with a higher output then required into a room with a very high thermal insulation level that heat will feel very dry.
A couple of solutions if this is only happening occasionally is to open the doors to the room and windows will help improve the air quality. If it is persistent then you may need to get your installer back round to re-asses the practicality of that stove in the room and perhaps provide some additional room ventilation.
If this is not an option another way to combat this would be a humidifying product such as a kettle that would sit on top of the stove with water in it, and produce vapor back into the room while the stove is burning. It is even possible to get scented fragrances to give your room a pleasant aroma. Some more modern and contemporary stoves can have humidifying sections built-into them should you need it.
I’ve bought a stove and I want to install it myself. I’m not a qualified installer but I’m a bit handy with a tape measure and screwdriver. Will this be ok?
While it is possible to fit a stove/fireplace yourself, you should always get a qualified engineer or building control officer to sign it off. We would suggest using a qualified HETAS or GasSafe Engineer to install any solid fuel or gas appliances. You can find qualified engineers here: www.hetas.co.uk and www.gassafe.co.uk
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