Top Tips To Light The Perfect Fire


There’s just something so cosy, intimate and heartwarming about a fire, isn’t there? The heat, the ambience created, the mere sight of the flames – it always seems to go some way to making everything OK after a long day.


There is an art to making a strong and lasting fire that will continue into the night. Here at Laythams Holiday Lets we are passionate about the intimate, the cosy and the heartwarming, so we have ensured that our accommodation features a number of wood burning stoves for your enjoyment.  We also wanted to ensure that you have everything you could possibly need, so we have put together some tips so that you can light the best fire possible, and with ease.


First, ensure that the fire is clear from any existing ash, or old logs, that may hinder the airflow to the new fire bed.  Make sure that the ventilation areas are clear, and that the door remains open in the beginning stages.  A newly made fire needs lots of air to feed it!


The next step is to start to create a fire bed. Ideally this should be done by scrunching up old newspaper into balls and making a large pile on the stove floor.  Next, strategically place bits of firelighters in different places on the paper.


When the base is done, begin to stack dry kindling (small pieces of wood or twig that will easily catch fire) on top of it, either in the shape of a teepee / triangle, or horizontally.  Whichever way you fancy, make sure there is a stable foundation for larger logs.  You also need to allow air to get to the newspaper which will, in turn, help to set alight the wood, and keep it burning steadily.  As a general rule, all fires need a good deal of kindling to get it started, and to warm the chimney to help flue performance.


If there is no kindling, or not enough, you may find that the fire does not last all too long.  Kindling catches fire much easier than larger pieces of wood, and so this is why it is so crucial.


Continuing in the chosen shape of your wood stack, add a couple of larger pieces of wood that will be the backbone of your beautiful fire.


Then, light the newspaper in a few different spots so that it can set alight as much of the kindling and firelights as possible all at once.  Wait until the paper and kindling has caught alight and is burning vigorously.


When the contents of your young fire have sufficiently caught fire, close the door slightly, leaving it open only ajar.  This technique gives a steady stream of air to feed the fire in its early stages, helping it to burn well.  It also increases flue pull, and avoids condensation build up on the inside of the glass.


Once you are satisfied that the contents of the wood burning stove have all caught fire and are doing so well, begin to add a few more larger pieces of wood.  This creates a far more stable fire bed, and will keep the fire burning longer.  It is important to build up gradually in size, to ensure that it burns properly.  Do not load the stove too full, and make sure that there are no issues with closing the door.


A good tip worth remembering is trying to avoid putting pieces of wood directly against the glass, as this causes temporary smoky stains which are practically impossible to see through – almost defeating the object of a fire entirely!  If the glass does become stained, however, fear not, as it will come off with a little bit of scrubbing!


Finally, be sure to monitor the fire and add larger pieces of wood when you think is necessary, close the door and sit back , relax and have a well-deserved drink!

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