How to Use a Buck Stove

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Things You'll Need

  • Seasoned hard wood

  • Black and white newspaper

  • Dry kindling

  • Lighter

Buck wood stoves can be extremely efficient and can certainly save you a bundle on heating bills, but it's important that you use them correctly in order to take full advantage of everything they are capable of. With a little effort, you can gather wood and build and maintain a fire in your Buck stove.

Step 1

Open the door of your Buck stove and locate the primary air control, situated on the right, outside of the stove. You can use this air control setting as a temperature setting, allowing for low to high heat. Set your air control to your liking.

Step 2

Place a few pieces of twisted up newspaper on the bottom of the stove, and top this newspaper with a few layers of your dry kindling. Make sure the newspaper is all touching, so the flame will spread once you light it.

Step 3

Place two or three small pieces of your firewood directly on top of the kindling. These three items, the newspaper, kindling and fire wood, are the key components to using your Buck stove. It is important to keep in mind that you are only getting the fire started at this point, so do not yet put it the majority of the wood you plan to use.

Step 4

Light the closest piece of newspaper and close the door right away. Latch the door shut to prevent it from swinging open. Once there are embers and the first few pieces of wood are burning, you can now load the heater up with wood.

Step 5

Adjust the heat anytime you like by simply using the primary air control. Turn the knob setting to low for lower heat. Turn the knob setting to high for more heat.