How To Stop A Stove Smoking
Excess smoke from a stove is very undesirable, but something that is easily avoided with good practice. In this guide, chimney specialist Barney Dorman from The Chimney Company shows you how to stop a stove from smoking.
- Always use a good, dry kindling. Using sticks and twigs that you found in the woods is not good practice and will cause a lot of smoke to form.
- Never use newspaper to start a fire. Newspaper burns at a very high temperature for a very short amount of time, which will cause a lot of smoke and also usually just scorch the kindling, rather than lighting it.
- A kindling fire will warm the flue up ready for when you add your fuel. If you haven't used your stove for a while your flue will be cold so you will need to warm it up fr longer with more kindling so that when you add your fuel the smoke will be drawn into the flue better.
- When starting a fire, always make sure the vents in the stove are open, this will help draw in lots of oxygen which keeps the fire burning nice and hot and makes sure the smoke is drawn up into the flue quicker and more efficiently.
- Have your chimney swept every six months if you use your stove a lot. If you are a regular user, then once a year is okay. Burn a chimney cleaning log to loosen the creosote build up inside the flue every sixty fires.
- Make sure the logs you use have a moisture level below 20% as this will help reduce smoking as well as making a better fire.