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Operating Your Log Woodbeurner Stove And Fireplace

Many solid fuel-fired appliances are expected to work 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, keeping us warm and supplied with constant hot water. However, like any other machine, they work better and last longer when correctly installed, burn the right fuel and are properly maintained. This leaflet will guide you through the basics of owning and running a stove, from a general overview, through lighting your stove, burn efficiency, the fuel to use, to maintenance and safety.

Fire Door /Window
Doors should be tight fitting and may have mechanisms to allow adjustment to achieve a good fit. Many doors will have heat-proof rope seals to aid a gas tight seal. This seal is subject to wear and tear and will need to be replaced when its effectiveness is reduced. Using a stove with its doors open will reduce efficiency, and with some designs may result in overfiring and damage to the appliance. Excess air intake will cool the fire and draw cold air into the house.

Primary Air
Primary air enters the appliance below the grate and the control is often in the ash pit door. This controls the burning rate of the fire. Please see your appliance’s instruction manual for correct operation.

Throat Plate
Soot can fall down the flue and collect on the throat plate. This needs clearing to reduce the risk of these deposits igniting and to ensure there is a clear flue way for smoke to leave the appliance.

Secondary Air
Secondary air enters from above the grate and provides oxygen for the secondary combustion of gases and vapours given off during the primary combustion. This helps combustion efficiency so that smoke emission is minimised.

Woodburner Engineers St Austell Cornwall


Mendip Loxton 3 SE

Parkray Aspect 4

Stovax Stockton 3

Parkray Consort 9

Mendip The Woodland

Flue Outlet
The flue outlet is generally situated on either the top or the rear of the stove. Combustion gases leave the stove through this outlet to be carried to the chimney through a connecting pipe. The gasses eventually safely leave the dwelling at the top of the chimney. Building Regulations require that all products of combustion are discharged safely to the outside atmosphere.

Fire Brick
Many solid fuel appliances have fire bricks lining the floor and walls. Their purpose is to help insulate the fire bed, improving the stove’s efficiency by retaining heat. Broken fire bricks should be replaced immediately.

Ash Pan
Most stoves incorporate a pan to collect ashes as they are produced from burning fuel and fall through the grate, allowing regular easy removal.

Appliance Controls
The main controls on a stove are for regulating the flow of air reaching the fuel, which in turn will affect the heat output and the efficiency of burning. Instruction manuals usually show how to operate the controls to achieve the best combustion and efficiency. You may find a flue pipe temperature gauge helpful to set the controls for your appliance.

Customer Testimonials

A First Class job… Our hearth and new Fire have been completed today and we are more than happy with the end result. The Fitters were pleasant and easy to work with, nothing was too much bother and NOTHING was rushed. Time, care and expertise taken to ensure a cracking job. Also the showroom staff were friendly, knowledgeable and helpful and again, nothing was too much trouble. A big thank you to everyone, especially the lovely Tracey, great customer skills and a happy smile…. something you don’t always see now-a-days. We would highly recommend Charlestown Woodburners & Fires to anyone.

Jonathan Creek

Brilliant service and fantastic value. Clean and efficient service. Love our new Mendip 8. Thanks to Geoff and all the team.

Andy Goundry

We would heartily recommend Charlestown Woodburners and Fires. They did a fantastic job fitting ours. We don’t have the easiest access to our property, but nothing was too much trouble for them. See our before and after photos. Posted today! Yes, that really is the same fireplace.

Bill Simpson

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