Storing & Seasoning wood

  • A South facing covered log store is ideal wherever possible.

  • Reclaimed pallets and some profile roof sheeting can make a sturdy and functional wood store

  • If you are storing green (fresh cut) wood, you will need to store it correctly for a minimum of 6-12 months before you intend to burn it in order to get the moisture content of the wood to below 20%.

  • Cover your logs to protect them from the rain

  • Stack your logs so that air can circulate around them

  • Ideally, raise your logs off the floor to avoid absorption and aid ventilation

Lighting your stove

1. Open the top and bottom air controls fully.

 

2. Place rolled up and scrunched up newspaper at the back of the stove. Put small kindling wood on top of the newspaper and then a few slightly larger pieces of wood on top of this. Light the newspaper and close the door.

 

3. Let the fire burn until all the pieces of wood are alight and burning.

Then more and larger pieces of wood/logs can be added.

 

4. When burning wood: Once the fire is established the bottom air control can be closed so that all the air for the fire comes via the top air control.

The burning rate of the fire can now be controlled by adjusting the top air control and by regulating the amount of wood added.

The bottom air control should normally remain closed once the stove is running. If the fire has been allowed to die too low then the bottom air control can be opened to allow air to the base of the fire in an attempt to revive it. |

 

5. When burning coal and other solid fuels: use of the primary air is    necessary.

 

6. Do not run the stove with the door open.

 

7. Never use the stove without the firebricks in place they protect the steel from oxidation.

 

Please note that the glass will darken initially but will eventually clear under correct operation with the correct fuel. Wood that is not sufficiently dried and seasoned will always darken the glass.

 

The first stage of the fire, just after lighting, is usually the smokiest. During this stage, ensure both air inlets of the stove are fully open to get a hot flame. The extra heat “primes” the chimney to produce a strong draft, and helps keep the flue clean by loosening creosote that might have been deposited by the previous fire. The hot initial burn also drives moisture out of the firewood and gives an ignition source for the smoke that is released from the wood.

 

Adding small amounts of fuel gradually will help maintain a steady temperature and burning rate so that the stove burns efficiently and cleanly. Adding a large amount of fuel all at once will dramatically reduce the temperature inside the stove. After adding a large piece of wood/log it is a good idea to increase the top air opening slightly more until the new fuel begins to burn and the stove returns to temperature.

Adjusting the air controls gradually will also help maintain a steady combustion rate.

 

Do not run the stove with the top air control fully closed. The top air control supplies air for the ‘air wash’ system. The further open the top air control the more effective the air wash system.

 

When refuelling, place wood towards the back of the stove where it will burn hotter and more efficiently. Try to place logs length ways so that any spitting from the end grain does not go onto the glass window.

 

To get the best results from your stove it is recommended that a wood stove thermometer be fitted to the flue pipe just above the stove. Most thermometers are magnetic and if attached to the single wall flue pipe just above your stove will give a good indication of the flue gas temperatures.

 

Over firing of the stove (running at too high a power) is dangerous and also voids the warranty.

 

Ash should only be disposed of after it has cooled down.

• Do not put any combustible objects on or near the stove.

• Do not use damp cloths or  cold liquids on hot glass!

• The flue pipe and chimney should be swept at least once a year, as

should the inside of the stove.

• The glass should be cleaned after cooling down

Firewood guide

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