Knowledge For Starting A Wood Fireplace Insert

If you ask the average person how to light a log fire on a stove, they will likely tell you that you just toss the logs with a match. The writing is done. Use is a demanding science. Great fires start slowly and steadily, winning the race and our hearts on cold nights and frosty mornings. In this article, we’ll focus on wood stoves and stoves and the procedure that works best when lighting a roaring fire. 

It all starts with a good spice

You know that the best type of wood to use in any wood-burning fireplace is weathered dry wood. This is very important because you want your fire to burn cleanly, with lots of heat and little smoke. Weathered wood is commonly used indoors. But Also some time it used for outdoors for regular bonfires and braziers. This firewood becomes very light, due to the lack of moisture. This is what you want. Too thick a stump will not easily ignite and will disperse smoke and various smells throughout your home.


Traditional newspaper is best for lighting. Because it is thin, dry and most importantly with flammable. Do not throw magazines or catalogs into a fire as they have a thick paper that smokes easily and burns slowly, causing a lot of toxic fumes. Break the newspaper and lay the bottom of the stove on top of one another before lighting the fire. 

Make sure to use split wood. when you light the fire. and not round logs. Split wood is easier to light and it is easier to add round logs after starting the fire. On the other hand, Round logs burn very slowly. They do not ignite easily, so you need to save them for a stable flame.


You want to hold the wood in what I like to call a Jenga pattern. Depending on the size, lay the first layer of logs (as much as possible) vertically, with a space between each log. In the next step, stack the logs horizontally so that they look like Jenga: A Jenga or “log cabin” pattern as some call it is a great approach, as you want. It will work with lots of exposed areas of wood. the heater will ignite when turned on. 

This ensures that the fire rises at a steady rate and does not ignite straight away like with a teepee-style structure. With a flaky log cabin fire, it’s easier to control how much wood you need to gradually add to the fire, making it last longer and burn harder.


If you have any wood chips (not barbecue type) or spare wood, sprinkle them on top of your woodpile and also around the bottom to fuel the fire. You can perform this step as often as you deem necessary when using the stove or insert.


You need to be assured that your stove is set to let as much fresh air as possible enter the box. Napoleon wood stoves have a single lever combustion control that regulates the air, establishing clean combustion. You want oxygen because the flames are attracted and will get it. Light the newspaper that you crumpled in front of it. 

Leave the door open for 3-5 minutes while everything settles. If you close the door too quickly, the fire could go out. The same goes with a wood insert; make sure the chimney is open slightly, allowing the fire to rise. If you have a screen or doors on your insert, leave them open for a while before closing them completely.


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