When should a stove be fired?

As mentioned, a Ceramic Stove is more efficient than any other wood burner as the energy produced in the combustion chamber is stored, then released over a twenty-four hour period. Two hours’ burning is normally all that is required. The stove is never shut down on a ‘slow burn’ and is therefore always working at maximum efficiency.

Heating is generally not required at the same rate throughout a 24-hour cycle. The main requirements are during the 2 to 14 hours of winter darkness. Firing the stove at an appropriate time will take this into account.

A particularly cold day can be catered for by lighting the stove again between regular firings; because of the relatively high Mean Radiant Temperature that the stove will have already produced, and air temperature fluctuations will be less important.

Another point to be borne in mind is that the colder the house is allowed to become, the faster the stove will cool to reach ambient temperature. If the stove becomes cold on a cold day, it can be given a small boost to warm it up until the next main firing; even a smaller load will burn efficiently and most of the heat will be retained within the stove.

Though this may sound complicated, in practice, it is quite simple. Stove owners soon get to know their stoves and can easily gauge how much wood to burn and when. Weighing the amount of wood that your woodbasket holds will help. Remember too that as the wall of a ceramic stove is particularly thick, compared to a conventional woodburner, the stove continues to warm up after the firing has ceased as the heat travels through the stone. The heat may take anything from 3/4 to 1 hour to get out, depending on the thickness of the stove wall, which will have been determined during the design process.