Setup and Care of Your Stove
For full, step-by-step instructions, refer to the Deadwood Stove User's Manual
Setting up the Deadwood Stove
- Find a flat, firm, level outdoor location.
- Use the four extension legs that come with the Deadwood Stove to adjust to your terrain or to add a bit of additional height.
- To make sure that your stove is level, you can put a pan of water or cooking oil on the surface of the stove. Adjust the leg extensions until the fluid is evenly distributed in the pan.
Remember: Set up the stove and tighten the wing nuts on the leg extensions BEFORE your fire is established. Every part of the stove gets extremely hot during use, and it can be very difficult and dangerous to move or adjust these wing nuts once the fire has been established. Also, make sure that the stove is not set up in a high traffic area, especially if children will be nearby. The Deadwood Stove is intended for outdoor use only.
The Deadwood Stove is designed to light easily using paper, kindling, straw, pine needles, dead leaves, or grass as starting fuels. A single piece of newspaper, wadded into a loose ball, makes excellent starting fuel. If you are using dead plant matter, place enough into the stove to fill it to about 2–3” from the bottom.
- Gather sticks, fallen limbs, pine cones, pieces of lumber, or any dead wood (up to 2.5” in diameter).
- Break limbs and long sticks into pieces approximately 12” long.
- Place the small twigs on top of the starting fuel to act as kindling.
- Use small sticks (less than 1” in diameter) during the initial phase of burning to build up heat. Use larger sticks to maintain an even temperature during cooking.
Tip: Separate the different size fuels into separate piles prior to lighting the stove.
Care and Maintenance
The Deadwood Stove is very easy to take care of. To keep your stove operational for many years, remember to:
- Empty the ashes after each use.
- Store the stove in a shelter of some type: garage, camper, barn, storage building, and so on.
- Paint or season the stove as the need arises. You may experience some paint peeling on the back or sides of the stove where the fire reaches very high temperatures. Rust-Oleum heat-resistant spray paints are available at most hardware stores and work quite well to provide a protective coating to your stove. The external surface of the Deadwood Stove can also be treated with cooking oil in the same manner that you would season cast iron cookware. Simply wet a rag with oil and coat the stove. Remember to only do this when the stove is cool.
- If the hinge becomes stiff, apply a small amount of lubricant, such as cooking oil, bacon grease, or commercial food-grade lubricant, directly to the hinge.
The Deadwood Stove is built to last. The life span of our product far exceeds that of our competitors or of thinner-made imports, providing you with years of dependable, efficient cooking.
For more information about the Deadwood Stove or how to use it, please refer to the User’s Manual.
Use small sticks when higher temperatures are desired.