An “riddling plate” in a stove’s firebox is often a grate. Shake the grate to release ash and other cinders from the firebox. They then collect in the ash pan. This pan is located in the separate stove compartment below. To make wood-burning stoves that don’t require riddling plates, place an ashpan below the firebox door and use a long, iron poker to scrape the ash in it.
1 Solid fuel
For solid fuels, such as coke or coal to be able to burn efficiently, they need constant air flow from underneath the fire. To let air in, the stove is equipped with vents. This vent is typically circular in form and lower than the firebox door or ash pan. It can block airflow from dampers if it builds up inside the stove’s fireplace box. The ash can be removed by rigging, which allows air to flow freely.
- Solid fuels like coal and coke require a constant flow of air to burn properly.
- Ash can block airflow from dampers if it builds up within the stove’s fireplace box.
For wood to be able to burn properly, there must be air above the fire. You can close the lower dampers on the stove by turning them counterclockwise. Also, you should open the damper at its top. Stoves burn best when they are smouldering in hot ash. Some stoves include a riddlingplate that can be closed before starting a wood-fired.
- For wood to be able to burn properly, it needs air.
3 How to solve a riddle
When you see grey ash in the firebox, add coke or more coal to a solid-fuel fire. Once the fire has been extinguished, remove the ash from the firebox and clean it again. After the wood has burned out, you can only rig a firewood.
4 How do you solve a riddle?
Some stoves come with a handle at the end, which is attached to the riddling plates inside. To agitate your riddling plate and shake the ash in the pan, pull the handle backwards. Others stoves include a socket at their base. To shake the riddling plates, insert a “riddling” or lever into the socket. To prevent ash from flying, keep the stove door shut.
- Some stoves come with a handle at the exterior, which is attached to the riddling plate within.
5 Ash hot
Remove riddled ash from your ashpan once per day if the stove is used regularly. Place the ash in an iron bowl. Even the ash that appears grey and cold overnight will still be hot so don’t touch it. Keep hot ash from building up in the saucepan until it reaches underside of firebox. The bars of the riddlingplate will be damaged if hot ash is left on for too long.
- Remove riddled ash from your ashpan once per day if the stove is used regularly.
- Exposed to heat ash for too long can cause damage to the bars of your riddling plate.