Christmas with Jøtul

Christmas spirit with a warming fire

What would Christmas be without a stove? The warm glow from the flames that illuminate the darkness of winter can really set the Christmas spirit alight. You can enjoy magical flames at Christmas by following our easy 4-step guide to getting your fire burning well.

Have a happy and cosy Christmas with top-down fire lighting

Did you know that it is more environmentally-friendly to light a fire top down? This method produces less soot and ash, ensures a better air supply, and makes the first log last longer. The stove then reaches operating temperature faster and the gases burn better.

What you need to light the fire:


  • 2-3 large logs
  • 2-3 medium logs
  • 7-10 smaller kindling sticks
  • 2-3 briquettes
  • Matches/lighter

Directions on how to fire in your fireplace

  1. Open all the vents and place 2-3 large logs at the bottom of the stove. Leave about 1 cm between the logs to allow a good flow of air.
  2. Place 2-3 medium size logs crosswise on top of them.
  3. Then place 2-3 layers of kindling on top. These should be smaller sticks of about 2-4 cm in thickness.
  4. Then place briquettes on top, light them up and close the door!

Other tips!

  • Always use dry wood! Damp wood does not burn well and will produce more smoke, soot and a sour smell.
  • Do not burn wrapping paper in the stove as this can start a chimney fire.
  • Leave the door open slightly to begin with to help get the fire burning briskly. Remember to close the door after a while.
  • If you find it difficult to get a fire going, try opening a window/outside door, or turn the kitchen fan off to create more draft.
  • We do not recommend using newspaper to get the fire going, as this produces more soot which is harmful to the environment.


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