Lighting Your Stove

The sight of shimmering embers and bright dancing flames is just one reason to get your stove lit but what’s the best way to light your stove so you can sit back and enjoy the warmth.

This step by step guide will give you some tips and advice to lighting your stove
quickly & safely:

1. Wood needs a good supply of oxygen to burn well, so it’s a good idea to open up all air controls on the stove. If the stove has both primary & secondary controls – open both of these fully.


2. Create a firebed by loosely scrunching up newspaper (a few sheets will do but not too tight) and placing these in the centre of the stove. Firelighters are a good alternative to newspaper but may be more costly.


3. Place small pieces of dry softwood or kindling around and on top of the paper or firelighters, leaving plenty of space around for air gaps. Arrange them so the newspaper and kindling is like a pyramid . Add a slightly larger piece of wood on top of the kindling.


4. Carefully light the newspaper at the bottom and leave the stove door slightly ajar to help the fire get established.


5. Once the kindling has started to burn, add larger pieces of wood. Don’t add large heavy logs as they may smother or crush the fire. The stove door may be closed at this point as the fire gets going.


6. Once the wood has caught fire (this can be up to 20 minutes later) the air controls can be turned down slightly. If the fire starts to die and smoke fills the stove, increase the air intake again.


7. Larger log pieces can be added where necessary to keep the fire burning, although a good time to add new logs is when the previous logs have burnt down to glowing embers just before all the visible flames disappear.



  •  Try using stove matches when lighting stoves

    – they are longer than standard matches giving you more time to light the stove

  • Always use well-seasoned or kiln dried logsas these contain less moisture and burn much better in your stove
  • Always use the Stove glove when opening and closing the stove dooror putting in additional logs
  • Ensure the stove is cold before removing the ash pan and cleaning the grate– ashes stay hot for a long time after the flames have died away
  • Mix cold ash from woodburning stoves in with your compost heap– don’t use coal ash though.
  • Use dried twigs collected in the winter and dried in the summer

    to make ideal kindling for your stove