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How Air Flow Works

an ruf block burning
A good flame needs air flowing through

The amount of air flowing through your stove is key to how well it burns. Air provides oxygen, so the fire burns faster with more air, and slower with less. Learn how to use the vents on your stove to become a master of wood-burning! The best way to do this is to experiment with your own stove.

As a basic guide:

High air flow means :

  • Your fuel may burn too fast
  • It will burn hotter
  • The stove glass will stay clearer
  • You get a good flame

Reducing the air flow means:

  • You get a longer burn time
  • Better temperature control
  • More soot build up on the glass

To keep the stove glass clear, ensure there’s some air flowing all the time. Don’t close the vents completely, and periodically burn hot to clear build up. Many modern stoves designed for smokeless zones have an air-wash feature. This means there’s a constant flow of air across the glass, keeping the glass clear and reducing build up of soot. This makes it harder to control the burn-rate.

a chart showing the air flow instructions writen above

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