Lighting Your Wood Stove
To break in a new stove keep the first couple of fires small to allow the paint to temper before making larger fires.
The air control settings, lighting methods and the firing intervals will vary depending on the chimney draught, the wind direction and climatic conditions, the heating requirements and the fuel being used. Therefore, it may take a while before you are completely familiar with how to operate your stove correctly under various conditions.
Although you can fire your stove with almost all kinds of wood, you should not use wet or green wood. Wood should be stored under cover after it is seasoned. Wood split soon after felling will dry more quickly.
Never use driftwood as it usually has a high salt content, which damages both the stove and the chimney. Impregnated wood, laminate and chipboard may emit poisonous gases and fumes and should therefore not be used as fuel.
The most environment friendly way to ignite a fire is so-called "Top-Down" lighting. Such ignition is done by kindling the fire relatively high in the pile of firewood placed in the burn chamber. This way, the gasses burn gradually as the fire works its way down and catches on.
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