Methods of Firelighting
Why is the Top-down method recommended?
- It ensures the flame is at the top of the fire and therefore heats the flue pipe of chimney faster.
- This helps the fire to draw much faster and as it draws, it also burns down into logs below.
- This method allows you to leave the fire for longer without touching and ensures a good base to the fire within minutes.
- It avoids those frustrating issues that we have all experienced too many times, namely, you return to the fire to find the kindling has gone out and the logs above have collapsed on top and fire is just smoking. Or, the logs above the kindling have lodged against other and not been ignited by the burning kindling, and the fire has gone out.
Why shouldn’t you use newspaper when starting a fire?
Paper burns very fast and can produce flames that shoot up and ignite creosote in your chimney, thus making it a flue fire risk. Pieces of burned paper may also float out of your chimney and pose a fire hazard to the roof or nearby surroundings.
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Stack your kindling in a Jenga-shape, place a firelighter in the middle, balance a couple of logs diagonally on top, and light. This method typically works very well, but there are a few downsides. One flaw in this method is that the logs often collapse, and because of this, the fire just smokes. Another is that the kindling often lodges against another and cannot be lit by the other burning kindling, which often leads to the fire burning out, hence why the top-down method is recommended. See the top down method below, fairly similar, but works so much better!
More on the best ways to light your fire here.