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How to Safely Light a Fire This Winter in a Fireplace or Wood Heater

How to Safely Light a Fire This Winter in a Fireplace or Wood Heater[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/6″ offset=”vc_col-lg-1/5 vc_col-md-1/5 vc_col-xs-1/5″][us_image image=”81787″ size=”thumbnail” align=”left” style=”circle” has_ratio=”1″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/12″ offset=”vc_col-lg-4/5 vc_col-md-4/5 vc_col-xs-4/5″][vc_column_text]By Taylor Firewood[/vc_column_text][us_post_date][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]GETTING STARTED
A home fire can be one of the highlights of winter. Keeping warm by a fire can be a comforting and cozy experience. Getting the fire started can be the biggest challenge. We suggest that you get some handy tools and materials to help make it easier every time.

Tools and Materials:
• Firelighters • Kindling
• Firewood • Poker stick
• Fire Starters • Shovel and hearth brush

Steps:
1. Prepare your fireplace
Your fireplace may already be clean, but if it’s not, you’ll need to clean out any ash or coal before getting started. You should also open the flu, or vents to ensure there’s good airflow when the fire is lit.

2. Stack and light the kindling
Take six to eight pieces of kindling and stack them in a crosshatch style arrangement, by placing two pieces on the base of the fire vertically, and two pieces on top of those horizontally, repeating again. Following fire starter product instructions, place firelighter bricks amongst the kindling. Using a gas lighter or matches, light the kindling and wait for it to become well alight. Wait a few minutes before adding the larger firewood pieces to your fire.

3. Add the firewood
Once the burning kindling settles, it’s time to add the first pieces of firewood. Place a few pieces of smaller firewood onto the kindling, being sure to allow space between them so air can circulate. Once these smaller pieces settle and are burning hot, it’s time to add larger logs. Again, be sure to allow good airflow between each log, to prevent smouldering and smoke. For best results ensure your wood is dry so that it lights well.

4. Relax and enjoy
Now that you’ve got the fire going, it’s time to relax and enjoy the warmth a fire can offer.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

 

How to Safely Light a Fire This Winter in a Fireplace or Wood Heater