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Open the air control fully. Light the newspaper near where the combustion air enters the firebox. When a kindling fire is built properly, you should expect rapid ignition with no smouldering. Never use liquids to start a fire. The first step in building a fire is to find out where the combustion air enters the firebox. In most advanced stoves and fireplaces, some air enters the firebox through a narrow strip above and behind the glass panel. This air wash flows down across the glass to the front of the fire.
5) Taller chimneys produce stronger draft. ) high. Most installations are taller than this, but those in cottages with shallow-pitch roofs or in single-storey buildings with flat roofs may not. If you experience draft problems with a short system, consider adding to the chimney’s height. However, if your chimney runs up the outside wall of the house, making it taller may not improve draft, because the extra heat loss cancels out any benefit. Suitable Chimney Options Two general categories of chimneys are approved for use with wood-burning appliances: the 650°C factory-built chimney and the masonry chimney.
Flue gas flows faster and has less time to lose heat in a smaller chimney flue. In planning 34 wood-heating systems, some experienced installers even choose a chimney that has a smaller inside diameter than the appliance flue collar. They usually do this when the chimney runs inside the house and is fairly tall. ) sometimes produce more draft than the appliance needs, so a smaller-diameter chimney doesn’t reduce performance. Only an experienced technician should decide whether the flue should be smaller than the appliance flue collar.
A Guide to Residential Wood Heating