How to light your HWAM stove

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.

Your first heating session

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.

Special lighting guide for wood-burning stoves with stone cladding

Stones are a natural product that must be allowed to adapt to fluctuations in temperature. Therefore it is recommended to follow the below instructions for lightning stoves with stone cladding the first times.

  1. Lightning
    The air control knob for primary and secondary air is turned completely clockwise (maximum primary air).
    Place two pieces of wood horizontally in the bottom of the combustion compartment. Place 5-8 pieces of kindling randomly on top. Place 2 firelighters between the top layer of kindling. Light up the fire-lighters and close the stove door 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 the fire has gone out, open the door and leave it open while the stove cools to room temperature.
  1. Lightning
    The air control knob for primary and secondary air is turned completely clockwise (maximum primary air).
    Place two pieces of wood horizontally in the bottom of the combustion compartment. Place 5-8 pieces of kindling randomly on top. Place 2 firelighters between the top layer of kindling. Light up the fire-lighters and close the stove door 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 there are no more visible yellow flames, and a right ember is there, you can fire again. The layer of embers is suitable when the pieces of wood begin to disintegrate and the bottom of the stove is covered by embers. Put at least two pieces of wood (up to 1 kg per piece) into the stove. When all of the wood has caught fire, turn the air control knob to middle position. Allow the fire to burn and let the stove cool to room temperature before stoking again.
  1. Lightning
    Repeat the procedure for the second lightning. Allow the fire to burn and let the stove cool to room temperature after the fire has gone out. Follow the instructions below for the following lightning and stoking of the stove.

Lighting the stove

A successful combustion process requires that the wood is lit in the right way. A cold stove and a cold chimney challenge the combustion process. Be careful to make a good lighting with suitably dry wood, using kindling and lighting the fire in the top layers of kindling. It is important to achieve a high flue gas temperature quickly.

The air control knob for primary and secondary air is turned completely clockwise (maximum primary air).

Place two pieces of wood horizontally in the bottom of the combustion compartment. Place 5-8 pieces of kindling randomly on top. Place 2 firelighters between the top layer of kindling. Light up the fire-lighters, close the stove door 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 air control knob counter-clockwise to the middle position. If the fire is stifled from the regulation, set the air control knob back to maximum until the fire is once again sufficient. Then turn the air control 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 pit must not be opened when lighting up. It must always be closed when the stove is in use. Otherwise the HWAM® Autopilot™ does not function.

The door should only be opened when lighting up, when restoking, and when cleaning the stove. Never leave a stove before there are lasting flames in the wood after firing!

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.

Regulating the Stove

Regulating primary air (comes up through the grating in the stove): The air control knob 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.

Fuelling with coal or pet coke

The stove is not approved to use coal or pet coke as a fuel.