How to light a wood log fire

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Whichever way you start your log fire, you will be amazed by the effect it has on your family as if by magic, long lost pets, children and elusive teenagers will appear and all will be right with the world.

 Starting and maintaining a fire can take a little skill and practice but if you follow these simple tips you should soon have your fire blazing away.

The most important thing is to have lots of dry kindling and well-seasoned wood without these two elements you will find that building a successful fire to be near impossible.


logs kindling and newspaper

Three handfuls of dry kindling, lots of scrunched up newspaper and dry well seasoned logs.

2.The Log Fire

two logs on fire grate

Place two logs front to back on the grate, wood burns best on a bed of ashes.

3.Building the fire

logs and kindling on top

Place a log either side, then build a loose pile of kindling in the centre.

4.Place the paper

newspaper on top

Place the scrunched paper on top.

5.Light the fire

Lighting the fire

Lighting the paper in several places ensures the fire spreads evenly and sends heat up the chimney as quickly as possible which increases the draw.

6.The Kindling ignites

the kindling has ignited

The burn has begun as the kindling ignites the chimney warms and the draw increases.

7.Place the fireguard

fireguard in place in front of the fire

To protect from sparks place the fireguard in front now don`t touch for at least 20 minutes.

8.Fire is well established

fire is going well

I have just popped a log on top of the well established fire.

Hmmmm toasty, time for a cup of tea and a biscuit.

Dont forget to always leave the fireguard in place in front of the fire even if you are only popping out of the room for a brief moment.

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