When you start using your stove.

Getting your fire started.

Lighting your first fires.

It is very tempting to load up your new stove and create a roaring fire, low the heating down (or turn it off!), kick off your shoes, and relax, but it is STRONGLY recommended that you condition your stove with smaller fires before you do this.

  1. Start off with a small fire, let it burn out, and allow it to go cold.
  2. Make your second fire slightly bigger and repeat the process in step 1.
  3. Continue like this for the first 4 to 5 fires, each time slightly increasing the size and burning time of the fire.

If you do not condition your new stove you risk cracking, warping, and leaks.


How to use your new stove.

The truth is, there is no set method, once you have conditioned your new stove (see above), it is trial and error, personal preference, and experiment.

Go into any village pub and you will get 10 lots of conflicting advice.

No two stoves are the same and there are many factors that effect this:-

  • Ventilation
  • Fuel
  • Dryness of wood
  • Kindling
  • Flue
  • Chimney
  • Weather outside
  • Size of logs.......

Generally, you can be sure that the more air you let in the faster it will burn.

Experiment and listen to all the advice you are given and use it as you wish.

Do remember that firelighters aren't cheating, they are very convenient and help you to light fires more quickly. Three of these snapped in half, wrapped inside balls of newspaper under a bed of kindling work best for us.

Chimney sweeping

Burning wood or coal creates soot, so you should get your chimney swept every year. It is also a good idea to get any existing chimney swept before installing a flue liner as it saves a lot of mess.