Stovesonline Good Woodburning Guide
Safe & Efficient
Get the best from
your wood stove
The key is to only burn well
seasoned firewood. Splits in
the end grain are a good
sign. Only burn wood that
is under 25% moisture. To
check, chop a log and test
one of the open faces with
your moisture meter.
Lighting the fire
To light your stove, open up
the air vents. Scrunch up
some newspaper or use a
firelighter, some softwood
kindling, and then a few
bigger bits on top.
Add a few bigger logs
when it is going well.
When these have caught
you can shut down the
primary air and control the
stove using the secondary
air control. Add more
wood as needed but before
the fire is just a bed of
glowing embers. Open up
the air vents to help the
new fuel catch, then turn
them back down again
once the logs are merrily
blazing away.
Don’t slumber burn or turn
the stove down for the
night – that will just tar up
your chimney and blacken
the glass. When the stove is
hot aim to always have
visible flames. If your glass
does tar up then, when the
stove is cold, a little ash on
a damp cloth does the trick
nicely. When the stove is
burning properly (other
than when it is first lit or
reloaded) there should just
be a heat haze coming
from the chimney. If there
is lots of smoke then it isn’t
burning properly.
A certain amount of ash in
the stove forms an
insulated bed which helps
the wood to burn well. Just
remove some ash when it
starts to get in the way,
there is no need to clean all
the ash out every day if you
are burning wood.
Remember to sweep your
chimney at least once a
Now just sit back, relax and
enjoy the curling flames.
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