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Are you new to bio bricks? The first thing you should know is that they light differently to regular cord wood.  There are a few ways that bio bricks burn differently to wood logs.  Before you light the bricks you need to stack them correctly.  When bio bricks burn they expand, so you should allow space in your stove for this.  Keep the bricks away from the top of the stove and add the glass door.  Bio bricks burn best from top to bottom, not from bottom to top so you should always light from the top.  At the top of your pile you can surround some newspaper with 4 briquettes and light until a strong burn has formed.

First time bio brick users should also note, since they are very dry, they burn more quickly and more intensely than regular wood.

Lighting bio bricks in your stove

In a rear combustion stove

  1. Create a tepee.
  2. Place the bricks into the mouth of the rear combustion chamber, filling up to 2/3 of the space.
  3. Pack the bricks flat and tight into a wall in-front of and on top of the coals.
  4. Leave the door cracked to stoke the fire.
  5. When you have the fire going close the damper so air can be directed to the rear combustion chamber.

In a catalytic stove 

  1. Create teepee in back of stove
  2. Pack the bricks flat and tight into a wall in-front of and on top of the coals.
  3. Leave the door cracked to stoke the fire.
  4. Adjust the damper when the fire is going well.  Check for a good flame in the firebox with minimal chimney smoke.
  5. Do not allow the flame in the firebox to go out.  This is needed to burn the smoke produced.  Note that you should see very minimal or no smoke at all in your chimney.

 

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