adapting your fire lighting technique for cold weather

Adapting your fire lighting technique for cold weather

During a spell of cold weather we often have enquiries about smoke filling in a room after a woodburner has been lit. The good news is your woodburner is not to blame and the problem will be easily resolved by changing your fire lighting technique to adapt to the colder outside temperature…

Why does my room fill with smoke when I light my woodburner?

During a spell of cold weather a pocket of dense cold moist air can form in your flue, when you light your woodturner the slow burning kindling emits smoke and when the smoke hits the cold air it is forced back down the flue, into the stove and out into the room.

To resolve this problem it is important to build a small fast burning fire in your log burner which generates maximum heat and minimum smoke to warm the flue and create draw.

how to light a woodburner in cold weather

How to light a fire in cold weather

The first thing we recommend is high quality firelighters such as the boxes of wood wool firelighters from the Green Olive Firewood Company (which we sell in our showroom). Under no circumstances use newspaper or cheap firelighter to light the fire. If conditions are below freezing we advise that you start the fire using two wood wool lighters to ensure the fire gets going really quickly.

• Place the lighters in the centre of the grate

• Use about 6 pieces of kindling to build a criss cross Jenga style pattern around the firelighters.

• Light the firelighters

• Leave the stove door ajar

• Allow a fire to establish and then add one or two small logs of kiln dried wood. Kiln dried wood has a moisture density of less than 20% and burns quickly and efficiently. Leave the door ajar.

• Only close the stove door when you have established a good fire. If you shut the door and the flames die down immediately then reopen it.

We sell a moisture content meter which you can use to check the moisture content of the wood you buy, you may be surprised by how wet some of the wood you have is!