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How to light a fire

Thanks to CPL for this information content on how to light an effective fire:

What you need: 

  • Solid fuel or logs dried to less than 20% moisture
  • Kindling
  • Firelighters
  • Long matches or a gas match

Glass Fronted Stoves

  • Build a small tower with the kindling and place the firelighters in the middle. Be sure to leave plenty of gaps for air.
  • Light the firelighters and place more kindling on top.
  • Fully open the air controls and close the door to allow the fire to get hot. (3-10 minutes).
  • Add small logs, or a small amount of solid fuel. Adding too much could smother the fire.
  • Once the fuel is burning, add larger logs or more solid fuel.
  • After 15-20 minutes adjust the air controls to the required level. No flames should be drawn up the chimney but the window should appear to be filled with flames. DO NOT reduce the air flow to the point where the fire is being hampered.

Open Fires

  • Build a small tower with the kindling and place the firelighters in the middle. Be sure to leave plenty of air gaps.
  • Light the firelighters and place more kindling on top.
  • Open the draught regulator.
  • Replace the fire guard and allow the fire to get hot. (3-10 minutes).
  • Add small logs, or a small amount of solid fuel. Adding too much could smother the fire.
  • Once the fuel is burning, add larger logs or more solid fuel.

Enjoy your fire!