Refuelling tips for fires, log stoves, log burners and chimineas
It is likely you will store seasoned logs outside, in a purpose built wood store or covered pile. This is the correct way to store your wood, however try to bring a sensible quantity of wood in from the cold ready to light your fire. Logs need to reach ignition temperature to combust and a freezing cold log is quite a hinderance for any fire, especially before it’s really got going. That log will absorb a lot of the heat energy from the fire, stove or burner and could even cause it to give up and die down. It’s always best to feed your fire from a store of logs for that day/evening as they warm in the room or near the fire in a log basket or small store.
Another tip is to not feed your fire too often, or if you have stove, keep the door open for too long when feeding the fire. Every time the door of the stove is opened, accumulated heat is lost from the firebox that has to be built up again to get the stove up to its proper and most efficient running temperature. Also open the door SLOWLY to allow the air pressure to adjust and minimise the chance of smoke entering the room. Try to minimise the amount of times that the stove door is opened. Place a couple of logs on the fire and let them burn right down to hot embers before refuelling.
When adding more logs to your stove, avoid the temptation to pack it full. Mix large and small logs but give them lots of space so they have plenty of air movement within the firebox. That will maximise efficiency, give a beautiful flame and good heat.
Beech logs are quite dense and have a higher calorific value (give off more heat energy) than Ash, however, your fire will cycle from roaring to dampened down unless you spend a large amount of time tending it. Sometimes you need a less dense log to help it back up again. Our mixture of logs is therefore perfect for any open fire, log burner or chiminea. For tips on starting your fire then please check our kindling page.