How to light your HWAM stove
On this page you can watch a video in which we show you how to light your HWAM stove and, thereby, get the best out of your HWAM stove and your firewood. Furthermore you can read about stoking the fire and lightning your stove.
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Instructions for stoking wood fires
The first time a fire is lit in the wood-burning stove, it must be done carefully, as all the materials must adjust to the heat. The stove’s lacquering is hardened by the first fire. The door must therefore be opened carefully; otherwise there is a risk that the seals will stick to the lacquer. In addition, the lacquer will give off an odour the first time the stove is lit. It is therefore important that the room is properly ventilated. Please be aware that the glove that comes with the stove can wear away the paint when the lacquer is not sufficiently hardened. You must therefore always take care not to touch the door itself until after the stove has been used (fired up) 2-3 times.
Regulating the Stove
Regulating primary air (comes up through the grating in the stove): The regulator bar is turned to the left for minimum air and to the right for maximum air. Primary air comes up through the grating. Secondary air comes up through the slit/holes in the back plate. Pane flush air comes in through the top and the sides of the pane.
The regulator knob for primary and secondary air is turned completely clockwise (maximum primary air).
Lay split kindling corresponding to approximately 2-3 pieces of wood (about two kg) in the stove. Lay two firelighters in between the top layer of kindling. Next, ignite and allow the fire to spread slowly.
During lighting, condensation can form on the inside of the glass. To fix this, open the door approximately 5 cm and hold it in this position until the glass is clear again (for about 30 seconds). When all the kindling has been properly lit, turn the regulator knob counter-clockwise to the middle position. If the fire is stifled from the regulation, set the knob back to maximum until the fire is once again sufficient. Then turn the regulator knob back to the middle position. Allow the kindling to burn completely out until there are no more visible flames. Afterwards, the fire can be stoked.
Important! The ash pan must not be opened during the lighting phase and must always be closed while the stove is in use; otherwise, the automatic air regulation will be ruined.
The door may only be opened when lighting the stove, adding fuel to the fire, or when removing ashes.
Stoking the Fire
When there are no more visible yellow flames, and when a suitable layer of embers has been created, more fuel can be added to the fire. (A suitable layer of embers is created when the pieces of wood fall apart and the embers light up from using the shaking grate.) Lay 2-3 pieces of new firewood (up to 1 kg per piece) in the wood-burning stove. The stove does not need to be further adjusted, as the automatic regulation feature will take care of this. The temperature can of course be turned up or down by using the regulator knob. In the minimum position (to the left), combustion is reduced and the burning time is lengthened. In the maximum position (to the right), combustion is increased and the burning time is shortened.
Do not add new firewood to the fire until the layer of embers is sufficiently low.
Caution must be taken, as the wood-burning stove's external surfaces become hot during combustion.