If you are the owner of a wood burning stove, you will be eager to use it in the Winter months. Here are some of our top tips regarding lighting and maintaining your stove to ensure it is kept in the best condition.

LIGHTING

1. Ensure the air vent is completely open

2. Place sticks at a perpendicular angles and place thin sticks, newspaper or fire starters on top.

3. Set fire to the fire starters, papers or thin sticks and leave the door open ever so slightly until the flames are lit and the chimney is hot .

4. Close the door and use stove as normal. Adjust the air vents as the only air should be coming from the top air vent. Ensure the hatch, ash pan and valve are closed so the only air entering the stove is from the top of the glass.

5. Keep the fire under control. This can mean adding wood. If the pane or stones begin to blacken, it is because the stove is not getting enough air.

For more details, watch this video on lighting a stove.