As winter quickly approaches the same question comes up, how do I light my wood fireplace? Before starting a fire in your fireplace make sure you have your yearly chimney and firebox maintenance to ensure the smoke from your fire is not going back into your home. Lighting a fire is a simple task with proper wood and knowing the right way to build your fire, here is a guide to getting your home warm and cozy in no time!
Starting Your Wood Fireplace
To begin start by gathering small pieces of dry wood also known as kindling, and some household newspapers, avoid using glossy, coated paper as it will not burn correctly. Crumble several pieces of paper into the center of the firebox. Place kindling in the form of a hut or teepee allowing air circulation for the beginning flame. Once you have your wood base, light the pieces of paper you crumbled from a few different sides to allow a fire to ignite. As soon as the fire is lit, fully open the air control or damper to allow air circulation. When the kindling starts to burn slowly add small pieces of wood to the fireplace, do not add too many as you will suffocate the fire, start from small pieces and work your way to larger sizes. If you are lighting a fire in your stove leave the door slightly open until you see the wood fully burning then close the door and you have successfully lit a fire!
Putting Out Your Wood Fire
With starting a fire you need to know the steps to safely putting the fire out. About an hour before you know you want to put the fire out, break up the remaining logs with the fire iron and this will assist with putting the fire out quicker when you’re ready. Start by spreading out the remaining burning embers and logs; use the fireplace shovel to cover the logs with the ash. This will put out any flames from the logs in the fireplace. Once you have done that cover any remaining burning embers or logs with sand, use the fireplace shovel for this step as well. Water is NOT a good recommendation to putting out a fire in your fireplace as it will cause smoke to escape into the home, and with all the splashing water it will make quite the mess. Make a note that you will need to clean your fireplace each time for next use.