Light the paper at the base and push the door to straight away, without fastening it closed, to create a turbulent flow of air into the fire which helps the fire spread to all the paper quickly. Close the doors and vents to extinguish a … I'm a proud owner of an old stove, which has been sitting in the front room for decades. When the door is opened, the elbow swings with it and the vent pipe just contracts on itself a bit. Ideally check with a moisture gauge. Works great! If the primary air controls can provide all this air, then one close the door early. After so long without use it's important that you have your chimney swept particularly to ensure it is not blocked (by birds nest, fall of soot or other debris) before you light your stove. there is no hissing noise when you open the door of the stove (this is the noise of moisture being boiled off showing that your wood is not sufficiently seasoned). Ecover) works well, but NOT while the glass is hot - risk of fracturing the glass. But I have really good luck with the top vent being about 1/4-1/2 open, the bottom vents I run closed to almost closed. The way I see it the bottom vents will control air flow to the burner, and also to the chips I think you want to choke the air supply to … Like this blog? This air flow helps the fire to burn efficiently by making the air take a long path through the fire so giving time for more of the oxygen to be utilised. Thank you for sharing with us, I too always learn something new from your post. On the issue of cleaning the glass in the door of the stove, for a few years I used a proprietary spray one can buy from wood stove stores - big mistake. My experience with wood suppliers is that you need to try a few and compare how their wood burns (preferably check how dry it is with a moisture meter - see chainsawjournal.com link: HOME / BLOG / FIREWOOD MOISTURE METER | BUYING GUIDE)  Hope that helps. Once the logs are reduced to coals, it's OK to turn the damper vents most of the way closed. However be careful not to block your flue with paper!Add your kindling sticks on top and stand some on end at the front of the fire. You don't want to leave your wood stove damper fully open, though, because then the … If you’re burning square-section/ flat-faced (waste) wood, rather than logs, it is especially important to leave gaps. This is the time to add a few small logs (preferably pre-warmed under the fire). At the same time more cold air is drawn into the house to replace the excess air going out the top of the chimney. In this case it can help if you lay the wood mainly front to back then, between each layer, put one stick of wood cross-ways, at the front, laying the next layer front to back, resting on this stick. It was very useful for me. Don’t fold, twist or roll the paper because this excludes air and will result in a slow, smoky burn, which won’t get your kindling burning. There is a pressurized cap that will vent if the tempertures get to hot and the system begins to boil over. They actually differ a great deal. Seasoned wood feels light compared to newly cut wood (of the same type), it sounds hollow when you tap two pieces together, the bark may be coming loose (with some types of wood) and it may have radial cracks developing at the ends. 2 It is secured to the elbow with metallic heating & air duct tape. On the issue of how long to keep the door open when lighting the stove, this does depend on a number of factors. Keeping the door closed will also prevent sparks and embers from shooting out, and this is important because these can cause burns or start fires. Allowing your fireplace doors to remain open will promote better airflow. Rather than exploding, the cap releases the presure and the fluid escapes. Andrew lives in Northumberland and has 15 years of wood-burning experience/experimentation with Morso and Stovax stoves. When burning gas logs in a wood burning fireplace, the glass doors should always be fully open. The air-flow into the fire is not noisy (air vents only open small amount). Once the paper is burning strongly (usually after just a few seconds) fasten the door closed, ensuring the top and bottom vents are fully open first (the fire will die down almost instantly if you have left the vents closed). If you get up early you may still have a fire. The two types of gas fireplaces function differently. Close the doors and open the vents to make a fire burn out quickly. Crumple the paper LIGHTLY, to get a fast, hot burn. Position the largest log first, using … Regardless of the brand, each fireplace is designed with a unique venting system. so my timings can only be an approximate guide for others, even if they have the same model of stove. Always keep the screen mesh on your fireplace closed when using the fireplace, to guard against sparks popping out of the firebox area. Better for your drains too! There is a pressurized cap that will vent if the tempertures get to hot and the system begins to boil over. As our guest blogger this week, Andrew shares with us his tips on efficient wood burning techniques in the home. Open all vents to start, give it a few minutes til it gets roaring, then shut down the primary (and bottom one), leaving the secondary fully open. Overnight burning is difficult. The biggest issue is getting a good amount of at least decent wood - it's not an easy task when you're living in a centre of a big city. Don’t worry about cleaning out ash too thoroughly - the ash provides some insulation at the base of the fire and helps establish a strong burn. The resulting draft will burn wood and coals as quickly as possible. However, choosing the best zero-clearance wood burning fireplace is not a walk in the park. As you gain experience with your own fire you will learn to judge the best times to turn down the vents. For stoves that are installed in a corner, the same requirement, 36" straight line from the stove to the wall, applies. Don’t add too many at one time, or you may quench the fire. You’ll pay $3,500 to $8,000 or more, depending on fireplace quality and the amount of remodelin… Keeping the door open allows too much cool air into the fire and will quickly dampen down the fire. The vents in most wood-burners are positioned to encourage an air-flow from top front, down the inside surface of the door (helping keep the glass clean), then along the floor of the fire, front to back, then up the back wall of the fire, then along the top of the firebox towards the front of the fire and up the flue. Start to close your top vent too if your fire continues to burn well, further improving the efficiency of your fire. They are very similar in design. Thanks for the comment, Ian, it's great for others to share their experiences. Please select the newsletters you would like to receive. Wood needs an air supply from above to burn effectively, so the secondary air vent does this. The Classic Edge Titanium 360, 560 and 760 HDX outdoor wood furnaces are the most efficient outdoor wood furnace that meets the stringent EPA 2020 Step 2 Certified requirements. There is also a thermosat in the system which opens and closes according the coolent temps. Stove with integral air vent (the silver pipe) The main reason is saftey, an open system is not presurized and therefore can not explode if improperly installed. Logwood 900 sq. If you haven't already registered, please sign up as a company or an individual, then come back and have your say. In many places it is a crime to mess with a pressurized boiler system if your not properly licensed to do so. Your tip about using ash to clean the door glass is even better value than mine! Turn them counterclockwise to open them. I don’t bother to clear out the ash at all until it actually gets in the way or is spilling out. These wall protection measurements can be reduced with the proper wall protection. Continue to add logs at intervals while you still have a substantial amount of hot glowing ‘coals’ , and while the fire can be easily revived. Don't shut them completely, the fire needs some air to burn. They are available in pellet burning, electric models, as well as wood burning. If it’s windy, it is almost impossible to get an overnight burn. if so, how often? Flames seem to ‘float’ gently in the air, as opposed to a fierce burn. This is rarely a problem when using a lot of small logs, (as opposed to a few large logs) because there are plenty of air spaces, in which case you don’t need to be so careful about how you position your logs. It is affected by the weather. So if you're wondering if you need to keep your wood burner vents open or closed, they should be open. Once the fire is burning shut the bottom vents. Now picture your wood boiler as the engine and the cooling system as your radiant heating system. One limitation on warming up the appliance as fast as possible is the effect of thermal fatigue on brittle materials such as cast iron or refractory in the furnace or the flue, though it is often hard to get information from suppliers on this issue for domestic scale kit. I find the best. 99% of the time your fireplace doors should be OPEN when you are burning a fire. A large amount of paper not only lights the kindling quickly but also rapidly warms the flue, creating an up-draught which powers the fire.If you have greasy/oily pans after cooking wipe them with kitchen towel and save them for the fire - they work as excellent fire-lighters. When the vehicle is cold in the morning, the thermosat is closed and recirculates the water through the engine block, allowing the engine to reach operating temps faster. In a short time (a minute or two) the kindling will be burning strongly. These vent air straight from the stove box to the outside air, so you don’t have to worry about positioning one in your room. Once the engine is warm, the thermosat opens and coolent flows through the system, regulating the tempertures to the engine so it runs at optimum temps. Normally with combustion appliances, one uses more excess air during start up than when the appliance is at its normal operating temperature as this tends to give the cleanest combustion. I'm happy I found this blog. You may be surprised to find this actually increases the heat from your fire despite the reduced air flow and a less fierce burn. Open the grill’s top and bottom vents all the way; move the lower vent's handle all the way to the left and rotate the lid's vent cover clockwise until the holes aren't obstructed. Open (vertical position): Maximum airflow encourages a hot burn for wood and charcoal. If the top damper is open a lot of heat is going up the chimney. I agree that warm-up times are affected by a number of factors (size of the fire-box, type & dryness of wood/kindling, whether the flue is insulated etc.) A traditional vented gas fireplace (view example on Amazon), fueled by either natural gas or propane, has two vents that run to the exterior of the house. You should be able to see an … If the lower vents are open you are burning a lot of wood. If burning fuels other than wood, you will require the primary air vent to be open at least half way during the burning process. You must log in to make a comment. If you keep the damper open, the fire will build and the smoke and soot will vent through your chimney. Closed (horizontal position): This dampens flame and pulls less air through the flames and will reduce the output and temperature. If so open the vents fully and get it refilled with easy to burn wood to get it going. My stove does not have this capability. A heavy cast iron door with air washed ceramic glass allows a magnificent view of the burning fire that will enhance any hearth setting. Copyright © Obadiah's Woodstoves - All Rights Reserved, 1660 Whalebone Dr., Kalispell, MT 59901 (showroom by appointment). Lift out the cooking grid and empty the chimney starter full of lit charcoal in the tray. Vented sets require the chimney damper to stay open at all times to prevent the buildup of harmful combustion by-products, so almost all of the heat produced is lost through the chimney. With a log burner, you will then close the bottom vent and leave the top vent open. Alternatively, many stoves have optional external air kits. The intake vent draws fresh air into the fireplace while the exhaust vent safely removes fumes of the combustion (burning) process. If the fire dies right down at this point, open the bottom vent slightly for a bit longer until the fire is better established. Keep up to date with our free monthly newsletter. An open damper is much like an open window or open door – interior air you are paying to air condition will be wasted and escape out any opening. The purpose of venting systems for wood-burning fireplaces and wood stoves seems similar. Stove manufacturer's owners manuals should be checked for possible reductions. If you have a question about anything in the above blog, please ask it in the comments section below. Once the fire is well-established (probably in about 10 minutes) and giving out substantial heat (you feel the warmth on your face from arms length) start to close the bottom vent a little at a time. Use well-seasoned (dry) wood with moisture content 20% or below. The American harvest 6041 is Mobile Home approved (with use of Fresh Air Kit) and is extremely easy to install. Yes maj5678, generally guidance is to sweep your flue annually. I almost fill the firebox with paper - we generally have a surplus of paper from non-glossy junk mail and office/school waste so I don’t need to be sparing. While doing this minimise the time the door is open. The rest of the stove is nearly as prisine as when I got it twenty years ago. I have a wood cooker with a refractory lined flue and this takes much longer to warm up so I keep the door open for rather longer with this appliance. You can close the top vent slightly to limit the air supply and make the fuel last longer with a more efficient burn. In a short time (a minute or two) the kindling will be burning strongly. This results in a dull blaze with little heat output. Many people have died in boiler explosions over the years, so the authorities are pretty strict for obvious saftey reasons. Once your fire is burning, the only time you should open the door is when you're adding more wood. By opening the wood stove damper, it allows air to get into the chimney so the fire can start. The first is known as an air-cooled chimney system. In new build properties, or properties likely to be as airtight as such a property, there MUST be a PERMANENTLY OPEN air vent within the room (venting to outside). Closing the vents helps retain more heat in the stove while the fire is slowly burning itself out. That changes with elevation. When you won’t need the fire to keep burning much longer (you’re going to bed / going out) - let the fire burn down till you just have glowing ‘coals’ (no flames) then shut down the vents almost completely (if you have a DEFRA-approved stove the vents can be fully closed because there will be some small vents that are constantly open). This now rusts. If you have a see-through woodburning fireplace, the doors should be either closed or open on both sides when burning. The main requirement is that they are permanent and cannot be closed or blocked. Properly installed, pressurized boilers are as safe as any domestic hot water tank. Have logs in your hand, ready to toss in before you open the door then close the door immediately once the logs are in. On just a few occasions I used it to clean the front of the glass but, where it dripped down the pane to the cast iron surround, it immediately removed the black finish that Morso use on their stoves. Once the fire is established, close the door and then close down the bottom air vent gradually. I used an infrared temperature gun to check the temperature of the outside of the flue pipe as it leaves the stove and find that I need to keep the door open for several minutes to get the quickest temperature rise. They use up to 60% less wood and are cleaner-burning, easy to operate and requires minimal maintenance (usually only a few minutes a week). In over ten years of doing this I have no discernable scratches on the glass which is a concern that many people have with this route. When lighting your stove, open both air vents fully. It should not be possible to close this vent and it should be sited in a place where a householder is not tempted to cover it up. Air-Cooled Chimney System. This is to allow oxygen to get into the firebox and help the fire to get going. Close the ceiling Try to position the logs with about 1-2 cm between them to allow a good air-flow, while being close enough so that they help each other burn. However suppliers rarely sell logs small enough, particularly for the smaller wood-burners. The easiest way to explain this is to compare a boiler system to a vehicle cooling system. This slows the burn, your wood last longer, while not wasting too much heat up the flue or drawing too much cold (replacement) air into your house, so you get the best heat output from your wood. - no smoke from your post are shut, oxygen can not explode improperly... 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