Please help me with fire lighting
Any fire is a mixture of fuel and air.
One log on top of the kindling is just a solid lump of fuel with air round the sides. You need several pieces of wood with air gaps between.
18% may be a bit damp too.Posted 5 years ago
I’ve only recently bought a cheap moisture meter as a bit of a novelty.
The stuff on my log pile I consider as best quality is ~12%. Anything over ~20% feels wet and is definitely harder to light.teenratMember
This is how i build my fire for lighting:
Logs of about 1 to 1 1/2 diameter
Balls of newspaper
This is how i layer it at the start. I always put the 1″ logs and coal on at the start as the newspaper and kindling burns upwards through the coal and gets it going. Never had any problems and can get my open fire to 450 degrees!Posted 5 years agomrmonkfingerMember
balls of newspaper
jenga tower of kindling
topped with a split log
once that were all going, I used to pop on a couple of full sized logs
worked nicely in our old (very) small stove, it had excellent draw and would be going within a couple of minutes of lightingPosted 5 years agorideslikeagirlMember
BigJohn – Do you know of a good place around Derby to get wood from?Posted 5 years ago
I’m based in Derby, bought a big pallet of kiln dried wood a month back and the stuff is simply terrible! Doesn’t light/burn very well and low heat derived from it too. Top tips of where to get wood from would be very appreciatedtheblackmountMember
>Firelighters are for girls.<
You need to learn how to roll your balls………of newspaper.
Once you get that sorted things will become a lot easier. This does of course mean you need to source a steady supply of Telegraphs (or the Herald if you are in Scotland 😉Posted 5 years agosharkbaitMember
Upside down method:
Two dry logs on the bottom
Largish heap of kindling on top of firelighter/paper
Small log on top of everything
[add a couple of lumps of coal if you feel like it]
Vent open, door ajar a tiny bit, cue fierce burning of kindling
Allow kindling to burn and watch with amazement as the bottom logs start burning, then plonk on another log when there’s room
Close door, leave vent fully open
See above for best method 🙂Posted 5 years ago
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