There’s no smoke without fire... but you can make a fire with hardly any smoke! With the right fuel, the right method, and the right wood-burning stove or insert, you will never have any more problems lighting a fire.
Not all wood is welcome in your stove or insert. For an efficient, healthy fire, you need to follow 6 golden rules:
Do you usually light your wood-burning stove or insert with paper and kindling under the logs? Reverse the trend! If you light your fire like a candle, so from the top, the smoke and fine particle emissions are minimal, and the wood burns more completely. On top of that, this method guarantees success every time! Once the fire is lit, you can even let it start on its own, without having to stay and keep an eye on it.
This top-down method for lighting a fire is very simple:
It is a good idea to leave the door of your insert or stove open until the fire gets started, then shut it. If condensation, a white coating or smoke appears, open the door again and wait a bit longer. During this stage, it might be necessary to open an external airway to compensate (some Stûv products achieve this automatically).
Once the first logs have been burned and a bed of ashes has formed, larger logs can be positioned at the back of the fire, against the wall, and the air inlets should be adjusted depending on what kind of fire you would like. It is important to light the wood-burning stove or insert with a high flame to start with (use enough wood) to warm up the smoke outlet quickly. Once it has warmed up, the smoke will stay hot as it rises up the duct. The draw is working well, and the fire is lit properly. Once the fire has got going, the flames can gradually be reduced.
To make sure the fire takes, that it doesn’t blow out smoke, that the toxic emissions are reduced and the heat produced is efficient and sustainable, it is essential to make sure you have an efficient product. As well as this, regular maintenance of your wood-burning stove or insert (cleaning, sweeping etc.) is vital. This means that your fire will be clean, practical, ecological and economical !