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How To Make A Fire

Learning how to make a fire doesn't have to be a frustrating experience. Many people try and fail to make fire because they haven't been given pointers on kindling, log stacking and fuel. In this article we will go through a few basics of fire making that should get you on your way to making long-lasting, roaring fires in no time.

The first thing you need to consider is the moisture content of your wood. If your wood has a moisture content higher than 20%, it will not burn well and will cause extra smoke during the burn process.

Second, get some kindling. Wadded-up copy paper and a handful of twigs placed in a pile in the center of your fire pit or wood fireplace will get you off to a great start.

How To Make A Fire

Next, you can light the kindling, let the edges of it char and then place your logs on top of the small fire carefully. You also have the option to place the logs on top of the kindling and light the kindling from underneath the logs. The most important thing to consider in this step is the set up of the logs.

You will need to set your logs in a teepee or log cabin position. These setups ensure airflow happens and the fire keeps going. For the teepee, the logs need to be stacked vertically and come to a point at the top. To do the log cabin shape, you need to place two to three logs in one direction over the kindling. Then take two to three logs and place them the opposite way over the first row of logs. That will create a "log cabin" shape.

How To Make A Fire
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If your fire has a hard time lighting, you can try some kerosene or lighter fluid to move it along. Do not use gasoline, diesel fuel or motor oil. After you try all these tips and practice a few times, you will be confident in your ability to know how to make a fire. We hope this article gave you all the info you needed on learning how to start a fire. If you have any more questions, please call us at 800.203.1642

About the Author

Collin Champagne

With over 13 years in the industry, Collin is a National Fireplace Institute (NFI) certified technician and managed content for the eFireplacestore and eCanopy brands. He has achieved the highest NFI certification possible as a Master Hearth Professional and is certified in all three hearth appliance fields: wood, gas, and pellet. With experience with sales and in-field installations, his expertise shines through his technical knowledge and way with words.

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