How to heat HIVE Wood and HIVE Heat wood burning stoves?
Updated July 14, 2022
Empty the ash drawer before using the sauna stove.
Light the fire with something small and flammable – for example, with a newspaper or small pieces of dry wood. Gradually add the wood.
HIVE Wood and HIVE Heat sauna stoves may only be heated with wood logs. Logs with the length of 30 cm are most suitable for HIVE Wood 13/HIVE Heat. It is recommendable to use logs with the length of 40 cm in case of HIVE Wood 17.
You can adjust the amount of oxygen in the combustion process by opening and closing the ash drawer. Ignition requires more oxygen, so it is advisable to keep the ash drawer open by approximately 10 mm. When the wood is already burning, close the ash drawer a bit, so that about 2–3 mm of the drawer remains open. Air flow of HIVE Heat can be regulated from the choke that is located above the door.
Keep the furnace door closed during heating, and open it only for adding wood.
Have your eye on the fire and observe when more wood needs to be added.
When the sauna feels hot enough, it is ready for use.
Continue adding wood for as long as you wish to keep the sauna hot.
Avoid overheating the sauna stove. You are overheating your stove if the furnace casing starts glowing red. Overheating causes deformation of the metal, and in such case we are not responsible for the resultant damages.
In case of overheating, close the ash drawer and the furnace door completely to stop the combustion process. If possible, occlude air inflow into the room.