We all have struggled to light a fire in our stoves at some point in our lives. However, there are ways to make a fire efficiently and easily. In this blog, we will guide you step by step through these methods so that you can light a fire in your stove with much less effort. We will also provide some tips that you can follow while choosing firewood for your stove.
There are two methods to light a fire in your stove using wood, i.e.:
The traditional method has been in use since the beginning of using wood as a fuel. In this method. Pieces of dried kindling are placed in a pyramid shape, and firelighters or paper are placed in the centre to help start a fire. Let’s discuss this method in detail now.
You will need to gather the following supplies before attempting to light a fire:
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There are some simple steps that you can follow to light a fire with the traditional method:
The traditional method is very old and certainly not as efficient as we need it to be. There are some limitations to this method, such as:
The upside-down method is more efficient and compatible with modern stoves. This method keeps the heat losses to a minimum because you don’t have to open the stove to add wood logs to the fire. This method is explained in detail below:
Gather the following supplies to light a fire with the upside-down method:
You can follow these instructions to light a fire in your stove using the upside-down method:
They both have their own benefits and should be chosen according to their needs.
This is probably the most important factor to consider before choosing a firewood. A wet wood will burn with less efficiency and produce more smoke and creosote in the chimney. Make sure you choose drywood for this purpose with less than 20% moisture content.
Look for a wood that is coming from a sustainable source and is not harvested irresponsibly or illegally. There are some companies that are certified to supply sustainable firewood.
Seasoning is the process of reducing the moisture content of the wood by leaving it to dry for a minimum period of 6 months. Freshly cut wood will burn less efficiently and produce more smoke and soot as well. Make sure you select seasoned wood rather than freshly cut wood.