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|To start a fire in a wood-burning fireplace, you need three components—oxygen, fuel and heat. If you struggle to start a fire, it’s usually because one of these components is missing. With this guide, you’ll learn how to safely build a fire so that your home is warm and comfortable.|
Wood-burning fireplaces have a flue damper, which opens and closes a plate in the chimney. To start a fire, the flue-damper needs to be open, allowing air into the fireplace and an escape for smoke through the chimney. When the fireplace is not in use, the flue damper should be closed to avoid losing heat through the chimney. Before you start a fire, ensure you know where the flue damper is, how it works and that it’s open.
The only fuel source needed to start a fire is wood. It’s not recommended to use newspaper, cardboard or wrapping paper in a wood-burning fireplace. These types of materials can produce an excess of creosote in the chimney, possibly sparking a chimney fire.
To build a fire, start with kindling—small pieces of wood that ignite quickly. You want to make sure the kindling is stacked in a way that air can circulate. You can place a few small logs above the kindling, but remember not to crush the kindling and not to overload the firebox.
Once the wood is stacked in the fireplace, all you need to do is ignite the kindling. If your kindling pieces are small (and dry) enough, it should ignite with only one match. Once the fire has been established, you can add more logs to the fireplace.
There’s nothing better than a crackling fireplace inside while the snow falls outside. Getting a fire started should not be an obstacle that prevents you from enjoying the benefits of a wood-burning fireplace.
If you ever have any questions about the proper operation of your fireplace or are looking to install or upgrade your wood-burning fireplace, contact us or stop by the showroom.
Our retail showroom has over 4,500 square feet devoted to fireplaces and BBQs. Our experts take the time to understand your needs and are prepared to schedule a home visit to determine which product is best for your needs.