IBA19 Badges Nominated

As the cold weather approaches, here’s what you need to know before lighting your wood burning stove for the first time this season

Morso Wood Burning Stove Green Velvet Chair

Image: Morso 3112 stove

If you own a wood burning stove, you may be happy to see the colder months heading our way, just as an excuse to throw a few logs on the fire for the first time this autumn and get cosy indoors.

However, if your woodburner has been out of action over the summer, it’s worth taking a few moments to pay it some due diligence and check that it’s safe and ready to use for winter with these tips from the experts at Mendip Stoves

1. Check the stove's condition

Check all the glass, door and ashpan seals to ensure they are in good condition and not coming away.

2. Sweep the chimney

Have the chimney swept to clear any bird’s nests or other obstructions that might have happened over the summer

Arada Woodburning Stove Teal And Red Living Room

Image: Arada Ecoburn Plus 5 Widescreen

3. Choose logs carefully

Make sure you get good quality logs, with a low moisture content.

Mendip Woodburning Stove

Image: Mendip Woodland stove

4. Check the fire bricks

Check all the bricks in the stove to ensure none are crumbling away – small cracks should not be a problem.

Arada Woodburning Stove In Scandi Home 

Image: Arada i600 Slimline

5. Avoid moisture build-up

At the end of winter, leave the door open a crack so that moisture does not build up over the summer months. 

 

Have you lit your woodburner for the first time this year yet? Tweet us @goodhomesmag or post a comment on our Facebook page. Or, tag us in your own cosy home photos on Instagram, using the hashtag #ThisGoodHome.

 

RELATED ARTICLES

Your guide to stoves and fires

6 ways to cosy up your home for autumn

Buyer's guide to electric blankets

Crown Rethink Main   Revival Secret Escape Fairy Dust MAIN
Living Room

Crown Paints reveals its colour trends for 2020

Refresh the colour scheme of your home interiors with the hottest trending paint colours as revealed by Crown Paints.
A Log Effect Electric Stove In Black In A Lounge
Living Room

How to choose the perfect log burner

Log burners are cosy for Christmas and all year round – here’s a handy guide to choosing and installing the right wood burning stove for...
Habitat Mori Blue Sofa Main Image
Living Room

Everything you need to know before buying a new sofa

There's a lot to consider when choosing a new sofa. Save yourself making a costly, uncomfortable choice with this need-to-know guide before you buy.
 
Hive Opener Copy Copy
Living Room

Buyer's guide to smart indoor security cameras

Before investing in a smart security camera, take a look at our handy buyer's guide to point you in the right direction.
Lights4fun Mixed Foliage Wreath Christmas
Living Room

Best artificial Christmas wreaths for 2019

Looking to get the look of real festive foliage, but in a wreath that'll last beyond Christmas? Here's our picks of the best of the...
Swoon Raphia Media Unit Main Cane Webbing
Living Room

7 ways to bring the rattan trend to your living room

We love the cane webbing look for furniture and accessories - we've picked some of our favourite buys to inspire your next on-trend purchase.