How to Light your Log Burner from the Top Down

If you haven't already, check out our video guide showing you how to light your log burner or fire from the top down - no faffing around adding logs to a burning stack of kindling, just light, sit back and enjoy.

Absolute wizardry, if you ask me!


The Step by Step

What you need

  • Natural firelighters
  • Good quality kindling
  • Some thinner hardwood logs to start the fire
  • Thicker hardwood logs to sustain the fire
  • Heatproof gloves
  • Fireside companion set
  • Extra long matches

The video shows the stack being built outside the fire for ease of filming, you should build it directly in your log burner!

1. Lay a couple of the thicker logs

It's best to have a thin layer of ash underneath, don't clean your stove out fully each time!

2. Add the thinner logs

Make a 'log cabin' shape with 1-2 layers of thinner logs, on top of the thick logs

3. Kindling

Make another 'log cabin' of super dry kindling on top of the thinner logs, and put a natural firelighter on top

4. More Kindling

Build anther layer of kindling with another natural firelighter on top

5. Get it lit

Use an extra long match to light both of the natural firelighters

6. Let the air flow

Make sure the vents are open and depending on the model of your log burner, it might help to leave the doors open too

7. Check on the fire

The kindling should light within the first few minutes, followed by the thinner logs a few minutes in

8. Sustain the fire

After 7-10 minutes, you should have a roaring fire, so close the door and enjoy! Adjust the vents but don't close them all the way - find out why here


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