How to prep your stove for its first burn of the season

Dog looking at camera sat beside Arada i600 Slimline Freestanding stove

The seasons are turning and there’s definitely the arrival of a crisp, fresh note in the air. And with the impending arrival of autumn comes the anticipation of lighting your stove for its first burn. Now, before you go ahead and eagerly stack those firelighters and logs, there are a few necessary checks that we recommend you undertake before proceeding.

Parts Checks

All of our stove bodies come with an impressive Lifetime Guarantee, however the key design components that contribute to the stove’s performance will naturally suffer from wear and tear over time. Before you fire up your stove for the first time, we advise that you check the quality of the glass, internal seals and rope. These parts help your appliance run efficiently; broken or split seals affect the airflow, which can in turn cause excess build-up of soot, diminish the rate and quality of the burn and make the initial lighting of the fuel difficult. If the rope is frayed, or the seal split then replace them immediately. You can buy replacement parts for your Arada stove here. >

Regular Servicing

It is recommended that you have your chimney swept and serviced at least once a year. This will ensure that the appliance is both safe to use and runs as efficiently and ecologically as possible. Not doing so can have a dramatic impact on the stove’s overall performance.

Check your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

Checking your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors is something that should be part of your ongoing home maintenance, regardless of whether you own a stove or not. However, when you’re actively burning fuels in the home, there’s more reason that ever to increase the frequency of this safety check. Government Fire Safety regulations recommends that you test your alarms at least monthly. If you have a battery-operated alarm, you should change the power source once a year, or for a longer life, invest in a 10-year alarm. It’s advised that after the 10 years you should purchase a whole new alarm system. To clean the device, gently use the soft brush attachment of your vacuum to remove any dust from the sensors.

Check that your wood is seasoned

So, your stove is all set and ready to welcome in the winter with its first burn, but what happens if your fuel is not up to scratch? Unseasoned wood can have moisture content of up to 90%, which makes for a poor burn and will not provide the heat output your stove was designed to emit. Read our full guide on how to prepare wood for the stove here. If you’ve followed the process and have an impressive stack of seasoned firewood, it’s always best to avoid burning it straight from an outside store as the logs will have some surface moisture, even if they’re full seasoned. It’s a good idea to bring in small bundles of your pre-cut, seasoned logs in the morning so that they are fully dry and ready for burning in the evening.

Useful links:

Ask your nearest retailer
 to put you in contact with a good chimney sweep.

If you require any replacement parts or accessories, you can visit our dedicated spares site

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