As the name indicates, a wood-burning stove is intended for the burning of wood. When choosing firewood to burn in your stove select dry wood that has a low moisture content. This burns a lot hotter than freshly cut wood. Certain kinds of wood ignite quicker than others and so are good to use when starting the fire. Softwoods like pine work well for this. After the fire has been started, you can then use hardwoods like oak, ash, or hickory. Burning wood in smaller pieces will also give you a cleaner, hotter burn.
You should never burn coal in your wood-burning stove. The reason is that coal burns much hotter than wood does so burning coal could pose a fire risk. Another reminder is to never burn items that emit toxic chemicals. Such items include plastic, plywood, gift wrapping paper, and colored paper, particleboard, and painted or pressure-treated wood.
Other reminders. Creosote can often build up in the stovepipe which can become hazardous so you might want to have your stove periodically inspected by a professional. When you are disposing of ashes from your wood stove it is a good idea to place them in a water-filled, metal container. Lastly, make sure that you have enough smoke alarms fitted throughout the home and check them every month to ensure they are working properly.