Making a fire is easy when you follow this simple step by step guide. Please remember
to use recommended solid fuels and wood with less than 20% moisture for quick lighting and more importantly maximum efficiency.
- The solid fuel of your choice or dried logs with less than 20% moisture (i.e. Kiln Dried
- Long Matches or a gas match
Wood Burning and Multi-Fuel Stoves
- Build a small tower with the kindling and place the firelighters in the middle,
ensuring that you leave plenty of air gaps.
- Light the firelighters and place more kindling on top.
- Open the draught regulator.
- Replace the fireguard and leave the fire to get hot for 3-10
- Add smaller logs or a small amount of fuel; don’t add too much or you may smother
- Once all the fuel is alight add larger logs or more solid fuel.
The Royal Society for the prevention of accidents (ROSPA) highly recommends
using a fireguard with any open fire.
When refuelling your fire or appliance the optimum results can be achieved by
following these instructions:
- Before you refuel the level of draught should be increased to assist in re-establishing
- Add the required level of fuel.
- The draught should be reduced to achieve the desired burning rate once the fire is fully
De-ashing and ash removal (Solid fuel only)
Care in de-ashing the fire bed will be rewarded in fuel economy. Daily emptying of
the ash pan will reduce the risk of carbon monoxide escaping into the room.
- If the ash pan is relatively full, empty it before de-ashing the appliance. Under no
circumstances should ash be allowed to build up so it touches the underside of the fire bars.
- Remove the ash pan and contents from the room. An ash pan “tippy” is useful for the
efficient removal of ash to the point of disposal.
- Replace the ash pan and ensure that the ash pan door is refitted
- De-ashing the appliance should be undertaken according to the manufacturer’s
instructions. It is important that de-ashing is carried out gently to minimise the levels of unburnt fuel falling into the ash. On an open fire, drawing a thin poker gently from the back to the front
of each fire bar should be sufficient.