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Heating up a stove correctly: 10 tips to make it work

2023-11-30T19:49:25.592Z

Highlights: Heating up a stove correctly: 10 tips to make it work. How to light your fireplace quickly and easily – and what to avoid. Wood that is too damp also causes a lot of smoke when burning. Wood should have a residual moisture content of no more than 20 percent. It can take two to three years for the wood to dry. The choice of kindling alone determines whether the fireplace can be lit easily. Thin and very dry kindling is best. Chips from coniferous woods such as spruce or pine also burn well.



Status: 30.11.2023, 20:30 PM

By: Laura Knops

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A warming fire creates a romantic atmosphere in winter. However, a lot can go wrong when lighting it.

1 / 10If the wood has not been stored properly and sufficiently, it is not only more difficult to light the stove. Wood that is too damp also causes a lot of smoke when burning. Ideally, the wood should have a residual moisture content of no more than 20 percent. However, it can take two to three years for the wood to dry. In addition, the firewood must be protected from rain and stored in an airy place during this time. © Cavan Images/Imago

2 / 10The choice of kindling alone determines whether the fireplace can be lit easily. Thin and very dry kindling is best. Chips from coniferous woods such as spruce or pine also burn well. © Viewpoint/Imago

3 / 10Especially at the beginning, the fireplace needs a sufficient supply of air. This provides the oxygen, which is important when igniting. Most wood-burning stoves allow you to adjust the air supply manually: either select the maximum value or the ignition option. Throttle valves and gate valves must also be opened. Once the flame has spread to the logs and ignited them, the air supply can be reduced again. © Panthermedia/Imago

4 / 10Replenishment of firewood should not be done too early. Only when all logs have burned evenly and a basic ember has formed, the new logs can really burn without suffocating the fire. In addition, only a small amount of wood should be added. © Panthermedia/Imago

5 / 10Be sure to avoid using paper and cardboard when lighting the light. In particular, waste paper and newsprint are not suitable, as they contain printer's ink. The harmful chemicals are released into the air when burned. In addition, paper burns far too quickly and is therefore not very effective. © Panthermedia/Imago

6 / 10Before using the fireplace properly for the first time in a long time, stove owners should definitely check the vent of the fireplace. If the smoke can be drawn outside without any problems, it will not get into the room. Because a prerequisite for a beautiful fireplace is a functioning extractor. It is easy to check whether the stove has enough draught: simply hold a small flame in the fireplace and observe whether it is drawn upwards. © Depositphotos/Imago

7 / 10Before lighting the stove, the kindling should be laid out correctly. To do this, put the kindling in several layers, then they burn longer. When adding the wood, you should also pay attention to how the wood is positioned in the oven. It is best to place the logs parallel to the window on the embers. Wood chips can also make lighting easier. © Pond5 Images/Imago

8 / 10Once the first spark has been ignited and the fireplace has been lit, the actual firewood is replenished. Harder hardwoods such as beech and birch burn more slowly than softwoods due to their higher density. Softwoods also contain more resin and leave unsightly residues in the stove and on the door. © Pond5 Images/Imago

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9 / 10With special kindling, the fireplace can be lit easily and safely. Conventional matches and lighters are too small and even dangerous. Since they are very short, it is easy to burn your fingers when lighting the stove. © Pond5 Images/Imago

10 / 10Once the fire is lit and burning evenly, you should only add small amounts of wood. Because as soon as the fireplace is overflowing, the wood burns with difficulty. Residues remain in the stove or drift up into the chimney with the smoke. © YAY Images/Imago

With the cold weather, many people are looking forward to cozy evenings in front of the fireplace again. Wood-burning stoves provide cosy warmth and heat up the interior even more. But it is precisely when firing up the stove that many stove owners make mistakes. How to light your fireplace quickly and easily – and what to avoid.

Source: merkur

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