Fireside Corner • by Michele Kadwell-Chalmers

Cottage Country Connection

Question: I get a lot of charcoal build up in my wood stove & then there’s not enough room to add another load of wood. Help!

Charcoal has heat stored in it so you will want to rake the charcoal to the front of your stove where the air comes into the firebox. This will get the charcoal glowing, then add one piece of split wood & open the air control to high. This technique consumes the coal bed & produces lots of heat. Once this burns down there should be lots of room to add a good load of firewood. If you have a big load of charcoal you may have to repeat this process a couple of times.

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