In order to keep your wood stove burning all night, you’ll need to:
- Build it properly before going to bed. You’ll need a good base of kindling, and you should put some dryer lint on top of the kindling. The lint will help get the fire started, and then when it’s going well, put on your longer-burning logs.
- Get a long-burning fuel source. If you want a fire that lasts all night, you need to use thicker logs. These don’t burn quickly, so they’ll last through the night.
- Make sure there is enough air flow in the room where you are starting the fire. If there isn’t enough airflow, then your fire will go out before you can get it going well.
Start with some very small pieces of wood to add to the wood burning stove
To make sure that your wood stove will burn all night, you should start with kindling or small logs. Start with one or two pieces of kindling and arrange them in a pyramid shape on top of the embers. This allows oxygen to get to the fire and start it burning again. You should also make sure that your wood is dry so that it burns more easily. If you’re not sure if your wood is dry, look for pieces that are light in color and cracked along the ends.
Build the fire in the right place
To get the most out of your wood stove, you need to build the fire in the right spot. The best way to do this is by carefully reading the instructions that come with your stove, but as a general rule you want to position it in a way that will have it burning slowly and evenly overnight. This means positioning it on a non-flammable surface like concrete or brick, and in a spot where there is plenty of ventilation.
If you’re not sure what type of surface your stove should be sitting on, check your manufacturer’s manual. If you still aren’t sure, call up your local hardware store and they’ll be able to answer any questions you might have.
Let the fire burn hot and fast
One of the most common mistakes people make is trying to keep a slow fire going overnight. But in order to get heat from a wood stove as efficiently as possible, it needs to be burning hot.
How can you tell if your fire has enough heat? If the flames in the stove are more than a foot high and you have good visibility into the firebox, then there’s probably enough heat for an overnight burn. If the flames are low but you have excellent visibility into the firebox and it appears very bright inside, again, an overnight burn is probably okay.
But how do you get that hot of a fire without running out of wood or waking up at 2:00 AM with your house full of smoke because you don’t know how much wood is left on the grate? It’s simple: just pile as many logs into your wood stove as possible — while still leaving gaps that allow air to circulate through the fuel — and light them all at once! The goal is not to keep a small fire going all night; instead, let it burn hot and fast until all of this dry wood has turned completely to ash (i.e., no glowing embers). Then fill up your stove again with smaller pieces for another short-lived blaze.
Avoid adding too much wood at a time
Another important rule is to never add too much wood at a time. Wood that is not burned before the fire dies can give off highly flammable creosote, which could be the cause for a chimney fire.
The key to keeping the wood stove burning all night is to manage oxygen and fuel to keep the embers alive without over-feeding them and causing a raging fire. If you follow these rules, you will have no problem going to bed with a warm house and waking up safely with your house still in tact. Of course, as always, make sure you have smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in your home!
Don’t keep opening the wood stove door unnecessarily
- Don’t keep opening the wood stove door unnecessarily. Every time you open the wood stove door, you are releasing heat and oxygen into the room. If you are adding or removing wood, only do it when needed.
- When looking at your fire for too long, it can be easy to obsession about every crackle and pop. Resist this urge! Opening the door to “check on things” can lead to a lot of lost heat and make it much more difficult to keep a fire going all night long. To keep from obsessing about your fire, change the way you look at the flames by trying different viewing angles (or from across the room) rather than staring directly into them.
Add just a little more wood when you can already see the glow
When you can already see the glow of the fire through the glass door, it’s time to add a few more pieces. If you don’t add more wood at this point, your fire will likely die before morning. But if you add too much wood all at once, it will smother the flame and cause your fire to go out—and then you really will have to start over from scratch. Better to be patient and feed your fire in increments until it has become fully self-sustaining and no longer requires any intervention from you.
Keep an eye on the humidity levels
One of the most important parts of using a wood stove is making sure your home doesn’t get too humid. The steam from the water in the wood as it heats up can be dangerous, and there are a few ways to avoid it.
First, make sure that you have adequate airflow for your stove. If you’re burning wet wood, don’t put more than one or two sticks on at a time. This can cause an excess buildup of steam in the firebox and surrounding areas that could lead to creosote forming.
Second, have an adequate chimney height for your stove. A tall chimney will allow smoke to escape while still allowing enough draft to keep the fire going all night long with little maintenance required.
Use larger logs that have been drying for a year or longer.
You want to burn seasoned wood, but unless you have a woodpile in your yard, it can be hard to tell how long the wood has been drying. The best bet is to use kiln dried logs, which will have a much lower water content than ordinary firewood. Because of this, they’ll burn more slowly and put out more heat than similar sized pieces of unseasoned wood.
Kiln-dried logs are typically sold in bags that are labeled as such by the supplier.
Having a properly built fire will help keep your wood stove burning all night long
A well-built fire is the key to keeping a wood stove burning all night long. It’s important that the fire be built in such a way that it burns slowly, and evenly. One example of this would be if you’ve got green wood or wet wood, it’s going to burn very quickly and you’re probably not going to get a lot of heat out of it.
Another thing that’s important when building a fire is having a good firebox. You want to make sure your draft is right and your chimney is working properly and it’s clean inside so there are no blockages and you can have good air flow up through the top of the chimney.
But one of the biggest things about making sure your stove stays lit overnight is making sure you have dry wood that was cut at least six months ago if possible so that it’s seasoned.
Safety Issues of Having A Wood Burning Stove Lit Overnight
Safety is a concern with any fire, so it is important that you are aware of the potential dangers. Only have the stove lit when you are in the room to watch over it, and do not leave your house if you plan on leaving the stove burning overnight. Keep children away from the stove at all times. You should also have smoke detectors and a fire extinguisher nearby in case of emergency.