How to use a log burner

With sales of wood-burning stoves on the rise in recent years, many homeowners have been thrown into the deep end and forced to get to grips with one of the oldest technologies known to humankind.

For people who have grown up with gas fires and electric fires in their homes, suddenly dealing with lighting, operating and maintaining a stove can be a bit of a shock to the system. Fortunately, it’s not rocket science and once you know how to use a log burner you will be wondering how you ever coped without one.

So, let’s start the process of learning how to use a log burner.

Lighting your stove
We have discussed how to light a wood-burning stove in more detail in this article, so check that out if you are new to lighting fires (or new to lighting them in stoves). We will summarise the essentials here:

  • Always use dried and preferably seasoned wood.
  • Use newspaper and kindling to start the fire.
  • Add logs when the kindling starts to char.
  • Experiment to perfect your fire-lighting technique.

Using your air vents
Both air vents should be opened while the stove is being lit. This is to allow oxygen to get into the firebox and help the fire to get going. With a log burner, you will then close the bottom vent and leave the top vent open. You can close the top vent slightly to limit the air supply and make the fuel last longer with a more efficient burn.

Closing your door
Something that often confuses people who are learning how to use a log burner is what to do with the door. Of course, the door needs to be open to load and light your stove. Some manufactures suggest leaving the door ajar during the lighting process, while others say it should be closed. Certainly by the time you’re adding proper logs to the stove, the door should be closed.

Cleaning your stove
Cleaning and maintaining your stove will keep it in prime condition and working efficiently for longer. Emptying your ashes regularly and giving your appliance a thorough clean every month or so will help to extend its lifespan. Learn move about cleaning your log burner in this article. Note: log burners do work best when the fuel sits on a shallow bed of ashes.

Competition: Win a Mazona Olympus 8kW multi-fuel stove

To celebrate the price cut from £270 to £238 for the Mazona Olympus 8kW, we’ll be sending a free stove to one lucky winner. To enter the competition to win a stove, just click the Enter button below and follow the instructions.

Interested in learning a bit more about the prize?

The Mazona Olympus is one of our most popular stoves. It is a multi-fuel stove (which means it is suitable for burning either wood or smokeless fuel) with a heat output of 8kW. If that doesn’t mean much to you, it’s a very healthy figure. You can use the stove size calculator here to work out what sort of output would be required to heat your room, but it’s probably safe to say the Olympus will have plenty of oomph for that room and adjacent ones!

Should you win the Mazona Olympus, you will also be getting a stove that has:

  • A high quality cast iron construction.
  • A five-year warranty covering the stove body.
  • Classic woodburner design details.
  • Primary and secondary air controls.
  • An airwash system to keep your glass clean.
  • A choice of a top or rear exit flue.

PRICE CUT: Mazona Olympus 8kW reduced from £270 to just £238

Our hugely popular Mazona Olympus 8kW multi-fuel stove is the latest appliance to benefit from a big price cut.

The quality cast iron stove has dropped in price from £270 to an incredible £238.

With a huge heat output of 8kW, the Olympus will pump a big amount of warmth into your home for that relatively modest investment. In fact, that sort of heat output is ample to warm even very large rooms.

That’s not all you get for your £238, because the Mazona Olympus also boasts:

  • A five-year warranty on the stove body.
  • Traditional stove design details.
  • Styled brass knobs and a robust brass door hinge bar.
  • Primary and secondary air controls.
  • An airwash system to keep your glass clear.
  • A choice of a top or rear exit flue.
  • A choice of burning wood or smokeless fuel.

People love the Mazona Olympus

Even at its old price-point, the Olympus was a roaring success among our customers. You can read more than 100 Mazona Olympus 8kW reviews from people who already own the stove by clicking here.

We’ll pick out this entertaining one from our customer Don, who had bought at Olympus for his holiday let and was so impressed he bought another for his own home.

He told us: “I’ve just purchased this one on the strength of the impressive performance of one of the same model, which I installed in a holiday home in the Lake District, two years ago, which is still giving good service, despite the abuse it receives from renters who’ve never encountered a living flame!
Excellent value and service and would recommend you highly! Thank you!”

At its new lower price, the Olympus is now set to win over an army of new fans.

If you think the Mazona Olympus could be the right stove for your home, you can buy it here.

To celebrate the price cut, we’ll be giving a Mazona Olympus 8kW away to one lucky winner. Click here to enter the competition.

NOW JUST £179: Mazona Rocky 6kW multi-fuel stove

Our best-selling Mazona Rocky 6kW multi-fuel stove has had its price cut. You can now get this fantastic appliance for just £179.

That’s another tick in the box for a stove that already had so much going for it, such as:

✔ Quality cast iron construction
✔ 6kW heat output, which is suitable even for larger rooms
✔ DEFRA exemption, which means you can use it even in smoke control areas
✔ Classic and timeless stove design
✔ 81% efficiency when burning wood
✔ Primary and secondary air controls, including airwash to keep the glass clean
✔ Choice of top or rear flue exit

Why would I want the £179 Mazona Rocky?
First and foremost it is a great multi-fuel stove, with great customer reviews to back that up.

Secondly, at just £179, a heat output of 6kW is a lot of bang for your buck. With such a small investment to get the appliance in the first place, your central heating bills will probably make for pleasant reading in future.

And thirdly…


The Rocky may not be available at this price forever. In the short-term, stock levels might impact availability. And on an ongoing basis, wholesale costs and a host of other factors might result in us having to reassess the price. It is unlikely the Rocky will be available any cheaper than the current price.

In short, if you want the Mazona Rocky 6kW, now would be an excellent time to buy. You can do so by clicking here.