How to Start the Perfect Fire Every Time
There are many instances when you will need to know how to build a fire. Whether you need to build one for a wood burning fireplace or outside on a camping trip, it’s important to know the basic tips of fire building so you can start the perfect fire quickly and safely.
Clear and Safe Burning Area
The first tip you should know is to ensure that the area where the fire is being built is safe and clear of debris and other objects. For a wood burning stove or fireplace inside, you’ll want to ensure that ash from previous fires has been safely discarded. Outside, you’ll want to ensure that your fire will be properly contained within a fire pit.
The Wood Matters
Next, it’s important to burn the right type of materials. Some people view fires as a way to get rid of extra materials in their home, but that can be extremely dangerous. Burning things such as wrapping paper inside your home can lead to a creosote buildup while burning treated wood can create toxic fumes outside.
Only burn wood that has had a chance to dry out. Not only is it counterproductive to use wet firewood, if used indoors it can lead to increased creosote in your chimney. Seasoned (dried) firewood is the best option. Remember, hardwood burns longer than softwood, but is more expensive.
Kindling is Your Friend
Finally, there are two components needed to make a perfect fire—kindling and air. You’ll want to use small pieces of wood that are stacked to allow sufficient airflow. Slowly add bigger pieces of wood to the kindling to provide additional fuel but remember not to smother the fire.
There are a number of different methods to stack the wood, from the log cabin method to the teepee method. Use whatever method you prefer, just remember to leave a lot of space for air.
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