Lighting your Stove
Now, I don't know about you but lighting a stove isn't something that happens regularly in my life and I'm guessing unless you already own a stove it wont be for you either. One of the main issues in regards to switching for me is the fear of stove lighting. That kind of responsibility is a lot especially when you don't know what to do. You know what they say, don't play with fire! Luckily for us, the kind gentlemen of Moss Valley Firewood have very kindly decided to give us some wonderful tips to help us get to grips with lighting our fire.
Believe it or not there is a right and wrong way to light a stove. By lighting a stove correctly you can ensure you are effectively burning your wood as well as keeping toasty warm all throughout your house. It is something you will need to keep practicing at but lucky for us, our cold long cold winters are a great time to practice.
What you need:
Alongside your log burner and some logs, it's important to have all the right bit and bobs you will need to get your fire going. Make sure you have some matches (preferably long so all fingers are kept clear of burns if you're accident prone like me), firelighters or newspaper, 8-15 pieces of dry kindling (obviously the bigger the log burner the more kindling is needed) and some small logs.
Step 1: Open the vent
The first thing a fire needs to keep burning is a good air supply. The oxygen in the air helps to keep the fire going and the wood burning.
Step 2: Keep the ashes in the bottom of the stove
Unlike most things in life it is actually really important to keep the waste the stove creates. By keeping the ashes in the bottom of the stove you are helping to light it and keep it burning. It also prevents damage to your stove through burning as the remaining ashes are the parts of the wood which can not burn.
Step 3: Place your Kindling and firelighters
When placing your kindling and firelighters it is important that you leave air gaps to keep your fire burning. It is better to place your firelighters or newspaper underneath the kindling as the flames will rise and set those pieces of wood alight.
Step 4: Light it up!!
Using those long matches (and staying burn free, tuck all hair/sleeves in!) you can carefully light the newspaper or firelighters. It's suggested that you light several pieces in different places in order to help the fire spread and light all of the wood.
Step 5: Keep the door open
Believe it or not, whilst the fire is first burning it is better to leave the stove door open in order to prevent condensation. This will then mean when your fire is roaring, nothing will prevent the heat from warming your cold toes. Word of warning: don't wander off, this could be a hazard especially to pets and babies.
Add your wood
As the fire is now starting to take off you might need to add some bigger, chunkier pieces of wood. The thing to be careful of is not adding too much too fast, this could smother the fire and cause it to go out. Like anything, it is better to start small and work your way up.
Step 7: Close the door
Once all of your logs have caught fire and it seems to be burning just nicely, close the door completely. It is then safe to allow cats, dogs and humans to lie in front and enjoy the heat.
Step 8: Close the vent
One the fire is a burning you need to close the vent to prevent it from burning too fast.
Step 9: Control it
In order to make sure your fire is burning as effectively as possible, use the airwash to control how quickly it burns. You can also make sure the fire stays at the perfectly toasty temperature.
Step 10: Sit back, relax and enjoy
Once your fire is burning make sure you enjoy the toasty warm feeling against your cheeks and toes. In order to keep it burning all night make sure you add wood when necessary.
That is the complete tried and tested method of lighting the perfect fire courtesy of the lovely boys at Moss Valley Firewood. Please feel free to try it and let us know how it goes, ask a kind person who is better at this stuff than you to test it out (I think I would do that just to avoid getting burnt), observe someone in your local country pub test it out or you can even give the boys a ring and I'm sure they'll give you a wonderful demonstration!