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The Log Book: Getting the best from your wood-burning stove [Paperback]

Will Rolls
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22 Aug 2012
Using a wood-burning stove effectively is both an art and a science. In this friendly, comprehensive guide, chartered forester and woodfuel expert Will Rolls talks the reader though the theory and practice of getting the best results from their stove. From finding the fuel and seasoning it to lighting the stove and operating it cleanly, this book describes the best techniques for looking after your log stove. Will clearly explains how to ensure you get a good fire every time with a minimum of smoke, soot and ash. The book also covers: • how to prevent the glass from becoming sooted up • how to find a good log supplier • avoiding too much smoke and ash • picking the best wood to go on your fire • checking the quality of your fuel

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  • Paperback: 98 pages
  • Publisher: WRolls; 1st edition (22 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471777154
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471777158
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 14.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 347,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Will Rolls first started in the biomass industry working for the Forestry Commission as a Regional Woodfuel Coordinator in the East Midlands. He moved to Forest Research in 2009 and currently works for the Biomass Energy Centre, a specialist technical advisory unit providing impartial advice on woodfuel and biomass production and use. The Log Book is a personal project, in response to many enquiries from the public, showing a poor level of understanding of how to use wood-burning stoves. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doing the Wood Heating Thing Well 19 Jan 2013
Thinking of reducing your exhorbitant heating oil or gas bill by shifting to renewable energy? A simple way is to buy a wood stove and start using logs from local woodlands. 'The Log Book' is one of those really useful, practical books that anyone with a wood stove should buy. Going right back to basics it explains what happens when you burn wood and how to get the most out of it without polluting the atmosphere or wasting money. Rolls is a forester by training so he knows his wood from the trees. He walks the reader through the process of buying logs - important tips here on how to avoid ending up with damp wood, and how to operate the stove efficiently using the stove air intakes sensibly.

I know a lot about wood myself but came across some gems, such as being able to use softwood in the stove as long as you burn it dry and hot. I'd always stayed away from pine because of the resins in the wood. He cautions against the old habit of trying to keep the stove going all night by 'banking' it down. This just pollutes the neighbourhood all night and also doesn't help the longevity of your stove. Full of good facts and figures on how to work out the costs of heat and how much wood you need in a season this is a 'must buy. My only quibble? Advice on buying a stove. Maybe the next book?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Log Book 14 Mar 2013
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Excellent service: arrived promptly. I found the book easy to read and it has taught me more than the instructions that arrived with the stove, enabling me to use it more efficiently
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 22 Jan 2013
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Great book - well presented, knowledgeable author and fair mix of readability and science!

Best of all if you like people to think you know what you're talking about when it comes to fire, wood, nature, survival (and all that sort of thing) then this book well equips you. Also a good investment practically I should add as you will learn how to burn fires most efficiently for the rest of your life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to wood fuel stoves 21 Dec 2013
As someone who gained a wood bruning stove when moving house a couple of years ago, and also being in a job where I am often promoting the concept of woodfuel to others this book has proved to be really useful - I wish I'd got it earlier! Whilst I knew the basic theory and how it should be used putting some of the extra information into practice has already proved to help make my stove burn more efficiently. And I also have a better idea of what I'm promoting to others now!

It is concise and well laid out - the language is accessible and the simple diagrams used make it an easy read whether you use it as a reference book or read through from beggining to end. From how to clean the glass to what type of wood to burn in what way the book covers all the key practicalities in addition to providing a bit of theory to set it in context.

If you have a log burning stove or are thinking of getting one then this would be a really useful addition to ensure you get the most out of it - well reccommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful 9 Mar 2013
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This book initially looks a bit dry as there are no stove pictures inside but it contains pretty much all the information one could possibly need to use a stove successfully.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Having never had a real, proper fireplace in any of my homes, I am something of a newcomer to the world of log fires. However, that all changed in early December 2013 when I bought a wood burning stove for my conservatory. Having then been ruthlessly mocked by a friend about my purchase of a large mound of freshly cut apple tree logs and thinking I could just shove them in my new stove (seemed reasonable at the time), I decided I needed some expert advice and help.
Enter ‘The Log Book’ by Will Rolls, and if I thought I was keen about my new burner beforehand, reading this book got me properly excited!
While not an especially long book, it is nothing if not comprehensive on the subject of wood and its burning. Admittedly there is some geeky stuff in here that, if I’m honest, I don’t really understand, but I’m sure those bits are right up some people’s street, especially it you’re a fire expert. As far as I was concerned, I just wanted to find out how to get my wood burning stove up and running without a/ spending hours trying to light it and keep it alight and b/ spending loads of money on the ‘wrong’ fuel (e.g. new apple logs).

Rather than try and explain what this book says (you can read it for yourself and find that out!), let me lay out the results of me reading it:
1 - I now have a good stock of well-seasoned logs that burn perfectly
2 - I am in the process of building my own log store (for all those newly cut apple logs!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars solid useful information 18 Dec 2013
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This is a really helpful book about wood burners. I got this book as I am thinking of installing a wood burner and alongside advice about the practicalities of choosing one, it also gives some science into combustion and different wood types which was interesting. There is advice on choosing a place to source your fuel and tips about cleaning and maintaining your stove, and plenty more. The book is clearly laid out and easy to read and would make a great resource to anyone who is looking to invest in wood burning stoves as a heat source.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good information on wood burning stoves
Many things to consider, and it helps to know the properties of wood types. Important to remember to get a carbon monoxide detector
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The log book
Purchased this as a gift for a stove novice. Not actually read it myself, but my friend has told me that it is very informative and full of useful tips.
Published 1 month ago by Bala Town FC
5.0 out of 5 stars If you've got a woodburner, you need one of these!
How to keep the heat up and your carbon-footprint down! Informative, easy to read - a wealth of useful information on wood-burning and woodburning stoves. Read more
Published 3 months ago by rosie godfrey
4.0 out of 5 stars Now getting improvement from my stove
Masses of excellent info and advice.The science and physics of burning a bit technical for a lowly wood burner.really good value.
Published 4 months ago by Mervyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't go wrong
Good basic information presented clearly. If you have a wood burner go ahead and buy it. There will be something that you will learn.
Published 4 months ago by J. Hales
5.0 out of 5 stars its a laugh
it was purchsed as a joke for the wife who always comments on me not doing the fire to her standard although she doesn't even empty the ash can
Published 4 months ago by paul d wainwright
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb log book, very cosy indeed
Great introductory book. Well written and informative. Very good value. Puts you on the right track about combustion and how to handle it!
Published 4 months ago by Zippo
5.0 out of 5 stars The Log Book
This is a really useful book for those who already have a wood burner and for those thinking about it as well. Read more
Published 5 months ago by AH
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book
I got the book soon after getting our first wood-burning stove, and I've got to say it's packed full of really useful information. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mrs RL Morris
4.0 out of 5 stars All you need to know about woodburning stoves in one place
We are thinking of buying a woodburning stove, and had no idea what is involved. I'm so glad we bought this handy, informative book before we got started, as now we know all we... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jo Parkins
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