This method below describes the recommended top-down method for lighting a fire or stove, including Ecodesign wood burners. If you want to browse our Ecodesign Ready stoves and fires, head to this link, or speak to your local retailer.
Step-by-step guide to lighting a fire
- Firstly, ensure you use dry logs. You can find out more about identifying good firewood that is ready to burn on our website.
- Now that you have your logs, place two small logs in your stove. This will form the bottom of the stack you are building.
- Place two smaller logs on top.
- Next, build a crisscross stack of kindling, and place a firelighter in the centre as you build upwards.
- Once you have built a stack of kindling, place another firelighter on top.
- Light the topmost firelighter and leave the door of your stove ajar.
- Make sure all the air controls are fully open, and once the kindling is alight, close the door.
- After the logs have caught fire, set the stove to normal running mode. It would be best to refer to your stove’s instructions for advice on using the air controls.
- Refuel your stove once the logs have burnt down.
- When refuelling, open the air controls fully to quickly ignite the newly added logs.
- As soon as they are burning well, set the controls back to normal running mode.
For further help, watch the useful video below to guide you through each step.