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Building the Perfect Fire

Building the Perfect Fire
 

Materials

Some people are born with natural talents, but building a fire is not usually one to brag about. People try different methods and materials to see what works best for them and the fire that they are trying to build. If you need some helpful hints or need to know tips for the best fire safety, call Bart Fireside to get all of the information you’ll need.

The first step is making sure you have dry, properly seasoned firewood. Wet and green wood doesn't burn well and produces a smoky fire.

The first step is making sure you have dry, properly seasoned firewood. Wet and green wood doesn’t burn well and produces a smoky fire.

The first step to having a good fire is making sure that your wood is dry. No matter if this fire is to be used in the home or out camping, damp wood will not light or burn correctly. There are different ways to tell if the wood is dry, such as the end grain having cracks in it. Also, any wood that sounds hollow when beat together or that is dark in color should be appropriate for burning. If your firewood is hissing or sizzling it is too moist. A fire can be even better with the right kind of kindling. The best choices are small pieces of soft, dry wood, such as cedar and pine. Using green or wet wood in your home also means you must schedule more regular cleanings, as this type of wood causes more creosote than dry wood.

Technique

Now that you have all of the materials together, you need to know these three tricks to make your fire even better. This will beat the old method with newspaper kindling and varieties of wood, because at some points the fire would swallow itself. You also have to keep adding wood to these types of fires, causing more smoke and opportunities to risk your health. It is sometimes recommended that you use two logs that are parallel with newspaper in the middle and kindling on top. This method gives the kindling more room to breathe and heat up. You can also build the fire as what most would consider upside-down, starting with the wood and then layering on the kindling and newspaper. Lastly, try using a fire starter. You can buy these or make them yourself by cutting up a wax fire log or candle stubs. Then just arrange these with the dry wood and light your fire!

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