Starting a Fire in a Woodstove: A Step-by-Step Guide

 The cabin on our farm has a woodstove. If you have never used a woodstove and would like to use it at the cabin, this article is for you.

A woodstove can be an efficient and cost-effective way to heat your home during the winter months plus it has the added benefit of making your home feel warm and cozy. But for many people, starting a fire in a woodstove can seem intimidating. If you're new to using a woodstove, this step-by-step guide will help you get started.

Step 1: Choose the Right Firewood

The key to a successful fire in a woodstove is using the right kind of firewood. Look for dry, seasoned firewood, as green or wet wood can produce more smoke than heat. Softwoods, like pine and spruce, are quick-burning and good for kindling, while hardwoods, like oak and maple, burn slower and hotter.

Step 2: Gather Materials

In addition to firewood, you'll need a few other materials to start your fire: newspaper, kindling, and a lighter or matches. You may also want to have a poker or a pair of tongs on hand to rearrange the logs as needed.

Step 3: Build Your Fire Layout

Start by crumpling up a few sheets of newspaper and placing them in the bottom of the woodstove. Arrange the kindling on top of the newspaper in a teepee shape, and then add a few larger pieces of firewood on top of the kindling.

Step 4: Light the Fire

Use a lighter or a match to ignite the newspaper. Be sure to stand back and avoid getting too close to the fire. You can also use a damper tool to control the air flow and help the fire get started.

Step 5: Maintain the Fire

Once the fire is burning well, you can add more firewood as needed. Make sure to keep the air inlets open to allow air to circulate, and use the poker or tongs to rearrange the logs as needed. Don't smother the fire by closing the door of the woodstove too soon, as this can cause the fire to go out.

Starting a fire in a woodstove can be a simple and satisfying experience. With the right materials and a little bit of know-how, you can keep your home warm and cozy all winter long. Just remember to follow all local fire safety regulations and to always use caution when working with fire.

If you need to purchase wood for the woodstove, we sell approximately 16 pieces for $10.