Exciting times. You’ve bought a beautiful wood burning stove and you can’t wait to see it in action. All that stands between you and a cosy, roaring fire is getting it working.
We’re now going to explore what you, as the owner, need to know about a wood-burning stove to get the best from it.
Hopefully you would have already looked into what type of stove will provide you with the heat that you need in your situation. Most good stove suppliers will guide you with how much heat you need to be output for the size of your room. If not, then you can always find this type of information by using the internet. It’s not always a good idea to just buy the biggest stove that you can, you need to make your purchase based on what heat output you need.
Now I want you to look inside your stove. It’s important to be familiar with the different parts of it and what their purpose is. You’ll find the firebox – this will hold the wood whilst it’s being burnt. It will have two air vents. One at the top and one at the bottom. The bottom is the main air vent and will bring oxygen into the flames to help them burn. The upper vent is called the secondary vent.
On top of the firebox you’ll notice that there is a pipe coming out. This is what is known as the flue. In effect it provides a route for the removal of waste gases and smoke from the fire.
When it comes to enjoying your first fire, remember to start small. There’s nothing to be achieved by building the biggest fire that you can when you don’t have the experience or know-how of how your wood burning stove works. Your stove will also need between 4 and 6 hours for it to be ‘burnt in’.
To light your fire, be sure to open both sets of vents and then add crumpled newspaper and kindling. Set this alight and once that starts to burn well, you can add larger pieces of wood.
Now it’s time to sit back and enjoy the fire in your woodburning stove.