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How to Light Your Wood Burning Stove

Safety First

Wood burning stoves are a great source of heating however, they must be treated with a lot of care. Before lighting your stove please read through the important guidelines below:

  • Only use dry untreated wood (with a low moisture content) on your stove. Using wet timber increases a risk of a chimney fire. Burning treated wood, such as pallet wood, can give off unpleasant fumes;
  • Empty the grate of the wood burning stove into the ash pan regularly. This should be done before lighting when the ash is cold;
  • Use a protective glove to open the door and stoke the wood burning stove.
  • Do not overload the wood burner;
  • Do not operate a wood burning stove with the door open other than a when starting the fire;
  • Do not leave the lit stove unattended with the door open;
  • To cool the wood burner down shut down all the air inlets – slide left.
  • Close down the fire before retiring or going out.
  • Do not store any combustible items close to the wood burner or inside the fire guard. This includes logs, firelighters and matches;
  • Do not dry clothes / towels by hanging them over the fire guard. This is a fire risk.


How to Light Your Stove

We find the Scandinavian top down fire lighting technique to be very effective for lighting a wood burning stove.  It warms the flue first improving draw and air circulation.

Step 1 : Air for your Fire

  • Open the air vents on the stove box / stove door fully (on our stoves you need to slide the vents across to the right).

Step 2: Fuel for your Fire

  • Place two small / medium sized logs onto the grate
  • Put a firelighter on top of the logs
  • Stack some kindling in a Jenga style around the firelighter.  Go for 3 layers
  • Place another firelighter at the top of your kindling stack.

Step 3: Light your Fire

  • Light the top firelighter
  • Close the stove door about three quarters of the way (do not leave unattended with the door open)
  • After 5 minutes, shut the door but leave the air vents fully open.

Step 4: Feed your Fire

Check your fire after 10 to 15 minutes and add more small logs if it is burning well

Continue to regularly check your fire and add logs as needed.  As the fire gets going you can add bigger logs.

Step 5: Control your Fire

  • Once your fire is burning well partially shut the air vents (slide left).  This will take about 30 minutes from lighting.
  • You can use the air vents to control your fire.  Close the vents completely once your yurt is warm enough, if you are going out or a ready to retire.

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