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what is a wood log burning stove and how do they work?

A wood-burning stove is a heating appliance capable of burning wood logs and firewood. A wood-burning stove will complement any room and can greatly reduce your home fuel bill, whilst also utilising an eco-friendly renewable energy source, Our firewood logs are a great way to help make your home carbon neutral whilst keeping the home heated.

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How to light a log stove burner safely

There are many ways to light a fire in a wood log stove. There is no one right way to do it and I am sure that all the stove owners out there will have their own individual ways of lighting fires that have developed over the years. This is one way to light a wood burner.

1. Ensure that the stove firebox is not full of ash - remove ash if necessary using a suitable metal container. If the stove is a multifuel stove where the only air supply is from beneath the stove grate then you will need to make sure that the grate is clear from ash and that the ashpan is empty (or at least that the ash in the ashpan is not obstructing the air flow to the fire).

2. Open the bottom air vents of the stove and open the flue damper if you have one. Some people use firelighters but personally I think that they smell bad and are unnecessary.

3. Start with some pieces of newspaper and scrunch them into loose balls. Some people tie them into knots or other shapes which is fine as well and then pile the newspaper in the centre of the firebox.

4. Get some kindling, if you do not have some already prepared then use dry pieces of firewood. Softwoods or light hardwoods are best so pine, beech, or ash would be fine. Use a hatchet to chop the wood into some small pieces roughly 10mm square. The sizes do not have to be very precise and I would not recommend measuring each bit!.

5. Lay around 6 small pieces on top of the newspaper in different directions - rather like the game pickup sticks. The idea is that air and flames should be able to get to each piece of wood. Now lay a few larger 30mm and 40mm square pieces on top.

6. Light the newspaper in a couple of places at the bottom and when they are going close the door of the stove.

7. Once the wood has caught alight and the fire is going well inside the stove you can put some larger pieces of wood into the firebox. Place them gently on top of the fire. Do not fill the firebox with wood - I would recommend burning around 3-4 large pieces of wood at a time. At this stage you can turn the air supply down a little but aim to maintain good flames whilst not letting the fire smoulder.

8. If you have air vents at the top of the stove then close down the air vents at the bottom and open those at the top. You may need to do this gradually as the fire develops.

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Log Stove Burner Safety Tips

Correct air flow and ventilation are critical to efficient and safe wood burning. Specific requirements will be laid down by the stove manufacturer. Legal requirements for new installations in the UK. (Hetas trained installers please see link below)

The safe operation of a wood-burning stove requires regular maintenance such as emptying ash pans (containers) beneath the wood grate.

Routine cleaning of the stove pipes and chimney is also needed to prevent chimney fires. Creosote and soot gradually build up in stove pipes and chimneys. This can damage the chimney and spread fire to the surrounding structure, especially the roof. When soot blocks the airflow through the stove pipes or chimney, smoke can back up in the stove pipes and into the house through the stove.

The basic principle of controlling combustion by reducing the air supply means that very often there is a reduction zone/conditions within the stove. This means that carbon dioxide is often "reduced" to carbon monoxide, which is highly poisonous and must not be allowed to escape into the home. This can occur if the stove or chimney has not been cleaned or there is insufficient ventilation. Carbon monoxide detectors or alarms should always be installed according to manufacturers' recommendations where a wood stove is in use. Smoke detectors do not detect carbon monoxide.

Fuel accelerants such as coal, grease, oil, petrol, kerosene, plastics, and so on, also must never be added to firewood and logs in a wood stove, since the flames produced may easily overwhelm the wood compartment and stove pipes and create a house fire.

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A novel way of lighting a wood stove

A novel way of lighting a fire is in a top-down direction. You start with the bigger pieces of wood, then on top of them put the smaller pieces of kindling and on top of that lay some newspaper balls. Everything is done in the same way as in the bottom-up method discussed above but just in reverse order. Light the newspaper and the fire will work it's way down. Surprisingly this is a remarkably good way of lighting a fire - why not give it a try.

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