How to Keep A Wood Stove Burning All Night?

Wood stoves are a great source of heat. Some people have to rely on them to heat their house all the time, while other people just use them in emergencies such as power outages. No matter why you are using a wood stove for heat, it is important to be able to keep it going. In this article, we are going to look at how to keep a wood stove burning all night. Nighttime is the time where you are asleep, and you don’t want the fire to go out and wake up to a cold home. However, most people don’t want to have to get up during the night to feed the fire either. With these simple tips, you won’t have to get up or worry about your fire going out.

How to Keep a Wood Stove Burning all Night

How to Keep a Wood Stove Burning all Night

How does it work

Before going into detail on how to keep a wood stove burning all night, we are first going to make sure everyone knows what a wood stove is. We don’t want you to get confused and think that it is a fireplace. While the techniques we will talk about will mostly work with a fireplace, wood stoves and fireplaces operate differently. A wood stove is a stove with a large pipe that runs through the whole house. It is with this pipe that smoke and heat is transferred to the house. A fireplace is designed to only warm one room. Wood stoves are also metal, while a fireplace normally is built-in with stone around them. So, now that you know the difference, we can move on to how to keep a wood stove burning all night.

Wood stove

Wood stove


There are only a few steps to get a wood stove ready to burn all night. They are.

  • Preparation
  • Setting up Wood Stove
  • Restarting Fire

In the following sections, we will look at each step in detail.


The first step is preparation. To get a wood stove to burn all night you need to have it in the right condition. A lot of times, the reason a wood stove will not burn all night is that people have it too hot before bed. The way to prevent this is to start letting the wood stove burn down and cool off in the early afternoon and evening. Depending on when you plan to go to bed will determine when you should let the wood stove start to cool down.

It is generally a good idea to let the stove cool for a few hours before setting it up for the night. You want the wood stove to be empty of large pieces of wood before bedtime. Once you are about to go to bed, you can then move onto the next part of preparation. That is getting the inside of the stove set upright.

When you open the stove, you will see a lot of ash and coals. The coals are the small bits of wood that are glowing. The key to getting a wood stove to burn all night is to get the bed of coals set upright. You want all the coals in a pile in front of the stove. The coals are hot and can ignite wood, so you want them in a pile so it ignites the new wood that you are going to add slowly, instead of all at once. As you get the coals into a pile with a shovel or other tool you can remove the ash. Getting the ash out is key to help not smother the fire.

Setting up the inside of the stove

Once you have all the ash out, and you have the coals in a pile in the front it is time to finish setting up the inside of the stove. All you need to do to set up the rest of the stove is to add logs into the back of it. Since you are trying to keep the fire burning all night, you want to add logs that are going to take a while to burn. To do this you can add hard, and big logs. Depending on the size of the logs, you will probably want to fill the stove up.

The number of logs can vary based on the size of the stove and the size of logs. Normally five to seven logs are enough, though. You want to make sure that the logs are tightly packed and that only the front log is touching the coals. That way it is the only one that will ignite at first. Using this method will make sure that only one or two logs burn at a time and the next log won’t ignite till it touches the coals. This will keep the fire going longer and help ensure it burns throughout the whole night.

Once you have the logs setup, you can close the door of the stove gently. It is key to do it gently, so the logs don’t fall. Also, it is a good idea to close the damper. This will reduce air going into the stove and help it burn slower.

Restarting Fire

Once, you have the fire burn throughout the night the last step is restarting it in the morning. This is simple. All you do is add seasoned fry wood onto the coals after smoothing them out and getting the ash out. If there are not a lot of coals, you can add kidding into the stove first to get it to ignite before adding big pieces. You can also reopen the damper to let air in and get a nice fire going for the day.


Keeping a wood stove burning all night is that simple if you know what you are doing. The key is to make sure the stove isn’t too hot before bed, and to make sure you add the right wood properly. You want to make sure the coals are in the front of the stove. Then you want to add hardwood into the back. Using this method will keep your wood stove burning all night and keep your house warm.

Donna Paulsen

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