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Lighting

How to light a fire in your wood bunrning or multi fuel stove is easy when you follow our step by step instructions. Remember when burning logs to use seasoned wood or kiln dried logs with a low moisture content for quick lighting and maximum efficiency.

What you need:

• The solid fuel of your choice or logs.

• Kindling

• Firelighters

• Long matches or a gas match

Wood is best burned on a bed of ash, while solid fuel requires air from beneath.

Woodburning and multi-fuel stoves

1. Build a small tower with the kindling and place the firelighters in the middle, ensuring that you leave plenty of air gaps.

2. Light the firelighters and place more kindling on top.

3. Ensure all air controls are open and close the door.

4. Let the fire get hot, usually, 3 - 10 minutes.

5. Add smaller logs or a small amount of solid fuel (don't add too much or you may smother the fire.

6. Once the fire is a light, add larger logs or solid fuel.

7. After 15 to 20 minutes, adjust the air controls to the required level, no flames should be drawn up the chimney, but the window should appear to be filled with flames. DO NOT reduce the air flow to the point where the fire is being hampered.

Open fires

1. Build a small tower with the kindling and place the firelighters in the middle, ensuring that you leave plenty of air gaps.

2. Light the firelighters and place more kindling on top.

3. Open the draught regulator.

4. Replace the fireguard and leave to get hot, usually, 3 - 10 minutes.

5. Add smaller logs or a small amount of solid fuel (don't add too much or you may smother the fire,

6. Once the fire is a light, add larger logs or solid fuel.

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The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) highly recommends using a fireguard with every open fire.