It's been a marvellous summer, with Direct Stoves customers enjoying our Outdoor Living range to the fullest.

The time has come, however, where the nights and days are undoubtedly colder and darker. With plenty of time being spent at home over the next few weeks and months, you'll no doubt be looking to fire your stove up very soon.

Before you do though, there are some key pointers to remember. Below, we take you through some very important stove checks before that first light.

Not only that, we'll also be showing you some of our favourite Wood Burning Stoves & Multifuel Stoves of 2021. Click on the images to see more.

Stove Lighting Checklist

  • Check your carbon monoxide detector is working correctly by using the test button. (More info here)
  • Ensure your chimney has been swept, that the chimney pot is in good condition and not cracked, and that no rain or bird guards have inadvertently dropped down.
  • It is also an idea to ensure your stove and chimney have both been checked and serviced if it they have not been used for some time.

View the Esse 705 Wood Burning Stove here
  • Check that outside vents are clear, and that the air controls on your stove move easily
  • Ensure the glass and door seal rope is in good condition
  • Check that the door shuts firmly on your stove

  • Use a small amount of kindling to check that the smoke is taken up the flue, before heading outside to make sure the smoke leaves the chimney as expected (more info here)
  • Ensure that your fuel is dry, and that it doesn't have a moisture level above 20% (more info here)

Don't have a stove to light yet? Fancy upgrading your current stove? Head below to Get Inspired by Multi Fuel stoves and Wood Burning stoves as we gear up for winter 2021.


Woodford Lowry Wood Burning / Multifuel Stove


Stovax County 8 Wood Burning Stove



Esse 705 Wood Burning Stove


Saltfire Peanut 8 Tall Wood Burning Stove


Parkray Consort 9 Wood Burning Stove


With all of this sorted you're ready to go, and you can use our guide on How to Get the Most Heat From a Wood Burner for more tricks and tips.

Looking for a new stove? Shop online at Direct Stoves to enjoy our extensive range with free delivery and finance options available.

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For more advice, feel free to contact us to speak to our friendly sales team.

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