Relight Your Fire – A Guide to Stoves

Relight your Fire!

If you’re considering buying a stove, or have recently installed a stove it’s important to maintain and clean your stove. If you haven’t yet thought of purchasing a stove, it is important to know that a stove can be up to 80% fuel efficient, therefore saving on your heating bills. We have put together some safety, lighting and cleaning tips for your stove.

Safety First!

  • If you have not been using your chimney regularly you will need to get your chimney cleaned and carry out any repair work that needs to be completed on your chimney, flue and boiler before installing you new stove.
  • To install your stove, always use a competent, fully insured and trained installer who will install your stove by keeping to the manufacturer’s manual, and adhere to building regulations. After your stove has been installed the chimney and flue will need to be cleaned due to the debris build up during the installation.
  • Always read the manual that comes with your stove. Your friend or neighbour may have a stove but often it is not the exact same stove. Stoves can vary in size, KW output, and air settings.
  • Along with your correctly installed stove remember to install a carbon monoxide alarm and service your stove regularly.
  • The outside of the stove will become hot when the fire is lighting. Often children and pets may not see the dangers of the stove so protect them against heat burns by using a nursery fireguard. 
  • Lighting a fire you need to know the fire triangle, this is oxygen, heat, and fuel. When lighting your stove ensure that oxygen can get in and under the fuel. The best way to do this is to create a tripod using the wood logs briquettes and coal. You can also simply put 2 parallel logs at the bottom with crumpled newspaper or broken briquettes in between. Then top the fire with lighter wooden logs. The fuel will catch fire with the heat from the flame when ignited and the oxygen will keep it a lit. 
  • It is important to clean your stove regularly. Only clean your stove when it is thoroughly cooled. If is important to clean the ashes from the pan regularly. Ashes still have heat so a build up of ashes in the ash pan can heat the grate bars from below the fire. This weakens the grate bars which may result in a replacing your grate more often.
  • When cleaning out your stove some ashes may be warm or used coal can be hot which creates smouldering Ash. If the ashes and coal are not cooled before disposing into a plastic bin, it can result plastic melting, create a cloud of smoke, and in extreme cases combust and ignite itself. To avoid this put the ashes into a steel bucket or tin and leave outdoors to cool. Put a heavy lid over it to ensure they don’t blow away, and no oxygen reaches the ashes. When the ashes and old coal are completely cold it is safe to put them into your domestic waste bin. 
  • To clean the inside of the stove glass; dampen tissue or newspaper and dab into the cold Ashes. Rub it onto the inside of the glass and wipe clean to remove the smoke stains from the fire burning.
  • Remember! Clean your Flue at least once a month and your chimney once a year. A build-up of debris and soot in the flue and chimney can lead to problems.