It may be controversial but we swear by the ‘top down’ method for lighting a fire in your log burner. 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 to light a fire in your log burner
- Natural firelighters
- Super dry kindling
- Good quality kiln-dried hardwood logs logs with less than 20% moisture
- Heatproof gloves
- Fireside companion set
- Extra long matches
The video shows the stack being built outside the fire for ease of filming but you should build it directly in your log burner!
1. Lay a couple of the thickest kiln-dried logs
It's best to have a thin layer of ash underneath, don't clean your stove out fully each time!
2. Add some thinner kiln-dried logs
Make a 'log cabin' shape with 1-2 layers of thinner logs, on top of the thick logs
3. Stack the kindling
Make another 'log cabin' of super dry kindling on top of the thinner kiln-dried logs, and pop a natural firelighter on top
4. Add more kindling
Build anther layer of kindling and add another natural firelighter on top
5. Get your fire 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 couple of minutes later
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
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