Starting your unit

Get your fire burning cleanly and efficiently

FAQ Starting your Unit

Eight simple steps to show you how to run your wood heater efficiently and cleanly

 – Ensure the Air Slide is in the open or high position.

– In firebox lay your fire lighters 10 to 15 centimetres apart, depending on the size of your firebox. Do not use newspaper as a fire lighter.

– Add soft wood kindling in a criss cross pattern above the firelighters. Softwood kindling allows for fire to light quicker and burn hotter.

– Light fire with match or gas lighter, when fire is ablaze close the door, but do not latch the door. Leave for 5-10 minutes maximum and do not leave unattended.

– Load pieces of hardwood that are no wider than a drink can in a criss cross pattern.

– Latch the door and leave latched for 30 minutes. If your heater has a fan, do not run the fan for at least 45 minutes.

– After 30 minutes add the large pieces of hardwood. These pieces should be no bigger than a loaf of bread. Close and latch door after loading.

– After 45 minutes you can adjust the air slide to slow fire down and find your comfort level. If you have a fan fitted you can now turn it on.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I start my wood fire heater?

Use kindling wood and firelighters to get your fire started. Large pieces of wood can then be added after a hot bed of coals has been established.

How long should I keep my air controls open?

Leave air controls open for at least 30-45 minutes to start the fire burning. You can expect some smoke from your flue when you first start, but it should not last longer than 10-15 minutes.

When refuelling your fire, leave the air controls open for at least 15-20 minutes before adjusting to desired comfort level.

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