How to light a fire!

In this post we’re going to share a few basic tips on how to light a fire! To read more on this subject, click here!

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Log fires

Igniting:

  • Fully open the Primary and Airwash controls.
  • Place a firelighter or paper together with dry kindling wood on the grate and light the firelighter or paper.
  • Leave the door slightly open as the fire establishes and the glass warms, avoiding the possible build up of condensation.
  • Add larger pieces of wood to build the fire but not too many! Too many logs may smother the fire.
  • Close the door fully when the fire is established.
  • Close the Primary air control. Use the Airwash to control the burn rate when the appliance is at operating temperature.

Refueling:

  • Open the Primary and Airwash controls fully.
  • Rake the embers over the grate to establish a glowing fire bed (if the fire bed is low add a small amount of kindling wood to help re-establish the fire.
  • Place new logs in an open arrangement to allow oxygen to easily reach every part of the fire. Compact loading will make the wood burn slower; cause the fire to smolder and produce more smoke.
  • Burn the new logs at high output for 3-5 minutes before closing the primary air control. Adjust the burn rate using the Airwash control. Do not close the air controls until the fire is burning well.
  • Refuel little and often for clean, efficient burning.

Useful tips!*

  • Make sure your logs are well-seasoned and dry. We have a post all about what wood to burn in your fire so if you’re not sure click here!
  • Burning the stove at high output for a short period also reduces tars and creosote.
  • Don’t load logs above any log guard that is fitted, or any secondary air outlets in the back of the firebox.
  • A bright and clean firebox shows that the stove is burning well.

*These tips are for general guidance only and the manufacturer’s instructions and fuel recommendations should always be followed!

Solid fuel fires

Igniting:

  • Fully open the Primary air control and half open the Airwash control.
  • Place a firelighter or paper together with dry kindling wood on the grate and light the firelighter or paper.
  • Leave the door slightly open as the fire establishes and the glass warms, avoiding the possible build up of condensation.
  • Add slightly larger pieces of wood to build the fire.
  • Add your fuel. This must be anthracite, smokeless fuels, turf/peat briquettes etc. suitable for closed appliances.
  • Do not smother the fire.
  • Close the door fully when the fire is established.

Refueling:

  • De-ash the fire bed.
  • Fully open the Primary air control to fully establish a glowing bed before adding more fuel.
  • Allow the fuel to burn at high output for a few minutes before adjusting the Primary air control to your desired setting.
  • Refuel little and often for clean, efficient burning.