Wood Burning Stoves

There are many different terms for different types of stoves, firstly when talking about Wood Burning Stoves, Log Burners or Wood Burners that often refer to stoves as a collective term including stoves that burn wood, coal and / or smokeless fuel.

Wood Burning Stoves is the most common term used when referring to stoves, however this term does not necessarily indicate that a stove can only burn wood, most modern stoves are multifuel. Picking a stylish stove can transform your living space. Whether you live in a compact urban bolthole or a cozy country cottage, both traditional and contemporary stoves work equally well in either.

Stoves that only burn wood are usually referred to as Wood Burning Only Stoves; these stoves will have a different grape enabling a combustion cycle that better suits the burning of wood, increasing the stove's efficiency. When burning wood the airflow should run over the top of the fuel, with the fuel sitting in a bed of ash.

Lighting a Wood Burning Stove can be a tricky task, some people get frustrated when lighting their stove. However, if you follow expert advice, your stove will be roaring in no time.

The best way to get your Wood Burning Stove roaring is to scrunch up or tie in knots 8-10 large sheets of newspaper and place these on the bed of the combustion chamber.

On top of the paper place a handy of dry twigs or kindling wood and light the newspaper.

As the twigs / kindling wood take light, add more to the flames creating a small bonfire. As soon as they begin to burn, add a few dry seasoned logs to the stove, angle the logs so that the flames are hitting the angles of them. Make sure you do not suffocate the fire, if you start to see a build up of smoke, you have suffocated the fire.

Finally, close the door / doors of the stove, maintaining a 1 inch gap. This gap will create a rush of air to be drawn from the room, into the stove and up the chimney. If you have suffocated the fire, this will clear the smoke and get the fire going. Leave the door cracked like this for 10-15 minutes, or until you see appropriate.

A modern Wood Burning Stove can run at over 80% efficiency, so putting your logs in a stove rather than on a fire means you will benefit from at least three times the amount of heat.