Common Wood Burning Stove Problems and Solutions

If you had your wood burning stove installed by a professional and follow the manufacturer's instructions for proper operation and maintenance, you shouldn't have any issues with your stove. However, several people turned to us due to problems with their wood burning stoves. Fortunately, the majority of the most common complaints have a very easy solution.

- Stove isn't generating enough heat.

If you have chosen the correct size wood burning stove but just cannot warm up your home, you are recommended to go through the user's manual to make sure that you are operating the stove correctly. It is possible that your air control mechanism isn't sufficiently open. In this case, the fire isn't getting enough air. If increasing the air flow doesn't help, the cause of poor heat may lie in inadequately dry or/and poor quality wood logs. But it is also possible that you have a weak chimney draught.

- Stove is generating too much heat.

As much as most people are concerned, there is no such thing as too much heat during the cold winter months. However, wood burning stoves can sometimes get unpleasantly hot. In addition to causing discomfort, too much heat can also cause damage to your stove. The most likely cause is the air control mechanism being open too much. If you are operating your stove as recommended by the manufacturer and didn't have problems with overheating in the previous years, it is also possible that your door gasket isn't sealing properly.

- My brand new wood burning stove is emitting a bad paint smell.

This is completely normal for new wood burning stoves and the problem should go away on its own within a few days. In the meanwhile, ventilate the room frequently. But if the paint smell persists longer than five days, you are recommended to contact the manufacturer.

- Stove is smoking back into the room.

There are many possible explanations for this problem including factors that are out of your control. Most often, however, the stove is puffing out smoke due to blocked chimney, poor ventilation or blocked passages in the stove. To learn more about what could be responsible for your stove smoking back in the room and possible solutions, please read our article "Issues With Smoke".

- The glass is dirty.

Quality wood burning stoves feature a special technology which prevents creosote from accumulating on the glass. However, this technology doesn't make the glass creosote-proof. If you don't clean it on a regular basis, the creosote build-up may get very difficult to remove. You are also recommended to burn exclusively fully seasoned logs and make sure that the logs are not too close to the glass because they may interfere with the air flow which reduces creosote build-up to the minimum.