How to Build a Fire

Fire is one of the basic essentials for our survival on this planet. Whether it be for warmth, cooking, light, or a sense of security, humans need fire.

Here ares some tips to help you get some.

1. Make sure your fireplace damper or wood stove flue is opened and that you have a good draft.

2. Place firestarters, fatwood or crumpled newspaper (4 or 6 single sheets balled up fairly tightly) on the floor of your stove or under the grate of your fireplace. Place small kindling over top of the newspaper. Crisscross the kindling so there is plenty of air space in between each piece. Wood that is packed too tight will not burn properly.

3. Light the paper in a few spots and let the kindling catch fire. Add kindling when necessary until all is burning well. Only use paper at the beginning of the fire, as it creates a lot of floating ash when added on top of the kindling.

4.Keep the door to your wood stove slightly open. Also make sure the air control is completely open before starting the fire. This allows air flow through the wood stove, feeding the fire with needed oxygen. Don’t keep the door wide open enough for sparks to escape and cause damage to the flooring or surrounding area. Wait until the smoke is disappearing up the stovepipe before completely closing the door. This indicates good combustion is present.

5. Once kindling is burning well, add larger and larger logs until you have a base of fuel that will continue to burn for the desired length of time. If you throw a large log onto a small fire, you’ll only smother the flames. Work your way up to thew larger logs. Be sure to open the door slowly when adding logs or use a top loader for convenience and safety. Use Dry, Seasoned wood – if your wood sizzles and refuses to light or burn it’s probably not seasoned and ready to burn. Firewood needs to be split and seasoned for at least 8 months.

Learning how to properly start a fire in a wood stove is an important task to ensure safe and efficient use. Your family will enjoy many hours in front of the wood stove or fireplace basking in the warmth and comfort of a well built fire.