Wood inserts and wood stoves are great fireplace options for those that prefer the authentic sounds and smells of a wood-burning fire. However, getting the fire going in the fireplace can be tricky for those without a great deal of fire-starting experience. Fortunately, this guide will tell you how to get your fireplace blazing in just 6 easy steps.
- Make sure your chimney is clean. Your first step should always be to make sure it’s safe to burn a fire up your chimney. The best way to make sure your chimney is safe for a fire is to get a chimney sweep.
- Open the damper. Open the damper when starting the fire and when it’s burning. You can close the damper when the fire is out. Opening the damper will make sure the smoke goes out the chimney.
- Prime the flue. Priming the flue involved warming it up so that cold air from outside doesn’t mix with the warm air of the fire. Light a newspaper and hold it up the damper to prime it, or turn on the gas and light the pilot light if you have a gas pipe supplement in your fireplace.
- Gather your fuel. Tinder, kindling and logs are the only fuel that should be used in your fireplace. Make sure you get seasoned wood, otherwise creosote can build up in your chimney.
- Start the fire. Tinder is material that is easily ignited such as newspapers, twigs, or wood shavings. Start by lighting the tinder with a match or lighter. When the tinder catches, add some small sticks for kindling. When your kindling starts to burn well, slowly add your logs.
- Keep a small ash bed for next time. Keeping a small amount of ash in the fireplace will make it much easier to start the fire for the next use. However, you will want to clean the ash out completely every so often.
Once you get the hang of it, starting the fire in your fireplace will be easy and then you are free to enjoy it! If you have a traditional fireplace, but want to learn about more efficient choices like wood inserts then contact us online and a representative from Aspen Fireplace will be in touch.
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