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How to Keep a Wood Stove Hot Overnight

Updated March 23, 2017

With the increasing interest in saving energy or living “off the grid” as much as possible, some families have begun to use wood stoves. Building a proper fire in a wood stove is an art. An even greater art is keeping the stove burning through the night. With a little practice and plenty of patience, learning to keep the stove burning overnight is achievable.

Burn through the first load of kindling, resulting in abundant red-hot embers at the bottom of the stove.

Rake the embers to the back of the stove, near the air inlet.

Reload the stove with wood. Stack the wood all the way to the baffle but ensure that the entire airflow inlet is clear.

Open the air control all the way to remove any moisture from the wood. Leave the control open until you no longer see any moisture coming off of the wood. This usually takes 5 to 15 minutes.

Shut the draft control to a low position. The exact setting varies with the stove model; finding the right setting requires some experimentation. The logs should burn through the night, leaving embers for the morning.

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Steven White is a privately contracted software engineer and efficiency analyst. He has more than five years of experience providing technical support for AT&T broadband customers. Along with his technology background, White enjoys carpentry and plumbing.