- Best way to light a log burner?
if you’re burning wood then a bed of ash is best
Personally I start with 4 pieces of newspaper scrunched up, then add a pile of kindling on top. I use about 8 pieces stacked alternately in 4 layers -like jenga with the middle bits removed. This means that when I light the paper, the airflow gets between the kindling and gets it going. Add a few smaller pieces of wood – maybe take a log and chop it into several bits – to get the fire going nice and hot. Shut the bottom vent fairly soo, then when it’s up to temperature (400 or so), close the top vent *most* of the wayPosted 4 years agomikewsmithSubscriber
FunkyDunc – Member
Why do people see the need for fire lighters, must be doing something wrong!
Nope doing it all right, just some days no everything is properly dry or things are going will etc. having lived with fires all my life I can do it without but I had a box of firelighters there just to make sure.Posted 4 years agoWillHMember
A single piece of paper scrunched up. Kindling piled like a teepee around the paper. Once the paper is lit, give enough air for wood to take, then add ever so slightly increasing bits of wood until you have proper log pieces.
Ours, bit of ash, bed of scrunched newspaper, chuck kindling on top, place log on top, light, leave door open about 1cm. Bingo!
both work for me. The key difference is that with the first you have to keep tending it, adding bigger bits of kindling, then bits of wood, then logs. With the second you spend maybe 30 seconds building it, light it and walk away. Around fifteen minutes later (time will vary according to your stove, wood type etc. etc.) the log will be roaring away merrily, well on the way to becoming a bed of embers and you can just chuck more logs on top.
If I have the time I much prefer the first method, as I like playing with fire 😈 but if I’ve just got in from work and need the fire on asap and also need to get tea on or something, the ‘top down’ method, as it is known, wins every time.Posted 4 years agomrmonkfingerMember
Firelighter, jenga tower of kindling, smallish log on top, one match to get the firelighter going, walk away, add larger logs after 10 mins.
OTOH, our kitchen range usually involves fannying about with burning newspaper to warm the chimney up first, that is if we want to avoid a smoke filled kitchen, as it has a habit of working in reverse. And its a sod until really well going it will need a bit of tending.Posted 4 years agoHarry_the_SpiderSubscriber
3 or 4 balls of scrunched up paper.
Wig Wam of kindling (I’ve got a stash of old skirting board broken into 1” x 6” strips).
Air vents fully open.
Ash drawer slightly open for exra boost.
Smaller bits of log on standby for when it is going.
This works for me. I have found that having the ash drawer open and shutting the door ASAP gets the fire roaring very quickly and minimises the smoke ingress into the house.
Light paper.Posted 4 years ago
Close ash drawer once the kindling takes hold.
Add small bits of log.
Part close side vents once small bits of log are going.
Sit back and bask in the glow of your inner manliness.smiffyMember
I can’t bring myself to buy firelighters, but old candle stubs work well, as does newspaper soaked in an kind of oil or fat (cooking waste). If I want to light really quickly I just play a plumbers blowlamp onto a heap of scrap wood and it’s off in seconds. Leave the door closed but all low vents open until the flue is warm to avoid any blowback.Posted 4 years agosharkbaitMember
For those that use the ‘standard’ [peterpoddy] method, PLEEEEEASE try putting two logs in the bottom first (with a very slight gap inbetween) and then carry on as normal.Posted 4 years ago
You’ll find that the burning paper/kindling will start the bottom logs burning as well so you don’t run the risk of the fire going out or need to hang around adding wood when the kindling is burnt.
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