Wood stove burning at night

How do I make sure my wood stove burns all night?

This is a question that wood stove owners often ask themselves. You don't check your stove at night and you often wonder if you'll wake up with your house still warm. Here are some tips to ensure that your wood stove burns all night.

Check the wood stove for leaks

It is important to ensure that your woodburning stove is properly sealed to avoid heat loss and the risk of your stove going out during the night. Here are some tips on how to check that it is airtight:

  • Examine the seals of the wood stove and replace them if necessary. The seals must be in good condition for the stove to be watertight.
  • Check the condition of the stove door. It must be tightly closed to ensure a good seal.
  • Check the condition of the chimney. It should be clean and in good condition.
  • Check the condition of the pipes. They must be clean and in good condition for the stove to be waterproof.

Clean the wood stove regularly

Regular cleaning of your stove is important if you want to keep it working at night. In addition, poor combustion can not only damage your wood stove, but can also be dangerous to your health. Soot and debris can clog ventsThis can ultimately lead to poor combustion and toxic fumes.

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Here are the different steps to easily maintain your wood stove:

  • Make sure the stove is switched off and completely cooled down.
  • Then remove the ashes and soot with a pan broom or small shovel.
  • Dispose of the ashes in a bin or bucket.
  • Then clean the inside of the stove with a damp cloth. Be sure to wipe off all soot and debris. You can also use a hoover to remove soot. If you have stubborn stains, you can scrub them with black soap or baking soda.
  • Once the inside of the stove is clean, clean the outside with a damp cloth. If you have persistent stains, you can rub them with black soap or baking soda.
  • Be sure to dry the stove thoroughly before lighting it.

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Choose the right wood for you

It is important to choose the right wood for your wood-burning stove to ensure optimal combustion and continuous heat production throughout the night. There are different types of wood, but firewood is most suitable for wood stoves :

  • Firewood is a hardwoodThis type of wood burns slowly and generates a constant heat, which is ideal for use in a wood stove, such as oak or beech, which has been cut into small pieces and dried for at least six months. This type of wood burns slowly and generates a constant heat, which is ideal for use in a wood stove. Firewood is usually sold in bulk or in bags. Sacks of firewood are convenient because they are easy to transport and handle, but they are often more expensive than bulk wood.
  • Bulk wood is a more economical optionIt is important to ensure that the wood is well dried before putting it in the stove, as it will be more difficult to light and burn.
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Once you have the wood, remember to cut it into logs (if necessary) before putting it into the stove. The ideal length for wood is between 25 cm and 33 cm, with a diameter of about 10 cm to 15 cm. These dimensions allow your wood to be handled easily, while guaranteeing a slow and even burn time.

You can use a chainsaw or an axe to split the wood, but it is important to be careful not to damage the stove while doing so. You should also make sure that the wood is dry, because damp wood can cause dense smoke and poor combustion.

Light your wood stove correctly

The best way to lighting your wood stove and let it heat up for about 30 minutes before inserting the wood. This will allow the heat to spread evenly throughout the stove and avoid cold spots

When you put the wood in, make sure that it is placed so that it does not come into contact with the walls of the wood stoveThis will provide a better burn. Once the wood has been added, close the stove door and let it burn for about 4-6 hours.

It is important to check at regular intervals that your wood stove is lit and burning properly. If you notice that the fire goes out during the night, it is advisable to restart it immediately. You can also add some fuel to ensure that the fire burns throughout the night.

By following these tips, you can be sure that your wood stove will burn all night and provide you with a constant and pleasant heat.

Incandescent fire in the chimney of a wood stove