Yes, that’s right: if you own a wood-burning stove, a single sheet of A4 paper could help to cut your heating costs.
You’re probably wondering how. The answer is that the piece of paper can help you to find out if your door seals need to be replaced.
A simple test to see if you need new rope
To see if you need to buy new stove rope you simply need to trap a sheet of A4 paper in the door. If you can easily remove the paper without opening the door then there is a problem with the seal.
You can also do a quick visual check to see if you can see the rope is broken, squashed or frayed.
If it is, then the extra air that is currently getting in will cause your fuel to burn faster and cost you money unnecessarily.
A less efficient burn means you will have to use more fuel and, potentially, spend more on your central heating bills.
You can stop that happening by buying some replacement rope.
Once you’ve replaced the rope you should find that the door now seals so tightly that you cannot easily remove a piece of paper that has been closed in the door.