The cool weather is here and if you are fortunate enough to be able to light a fire, you’ll want to do it right! There is an art to building a fire – and we don’t just mean camping. When setting up the fireplace at your home:
- Open the flue.
- Clean out any old ashes.
- Layer the bottom grate with three or four split logs (depending on the size of your fireplace).
- Layer twisted newspaper and kindling wood (twigs or a small firestarter log).
- Light kindling.
- As the kindling wood starts to catch and burn the logs, place two smaller logs on top. This should give you a nice slow burn with minimal smoke.
Tips and Tricks:
- Be sure to use very dry wood.
- Twist a knot at the end of the newspaper for a longer burn.
- Push the bottom grate to the back of the fireplace wall so it’s directly under the flue.
- Place the screen in front of the fireplace when it’s lit to avoid flying sparks.
- Make sure someone is always present whenever a fire is burning or smoldering.
- Keep all flammable items away from the fireplace.
- If/when possible, take a nice walk through the woods or park and find twigs for kindling wood – just for the fun of it!