As much as we'd all like to skip out on it, winter is happening this year, and you need to be prepared. If you're one of those people that just cannot with lighting a fire—you aren't alone. It's harder than it seems! But enough with smoke-filled rooms or logs that flicker and die. Here are a couple of tips (and downright hacks) that'll definitely get the job done.
First things first—call in a pro and get your chimney cleaned, especially at the start of a new season. can build up in the flue, setting the stage for chimney fires.
Don't worry—it's not as complicated as it sounds. Basically, you need to before starting your fire. If it suddenly gets too hot, the chimney won't be able to get the cold air out. Roll up a piece of newspaper, light one end, then hold it up to the open damper. Repeat until you feel the air reversing (the warm air will get sucked up the chimney).
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Logs are not enough. Crumple up some newspaper and throw it in the back of the fireplace to .
You're going to stack your kindling, then logs, on top of your newspaper, but make sure you leave enough room for the . The fire needs space to burn.
Pro tip: Make sure your . If you find yourself with a smoke-filled room and no flame on the regs, it's probably because your wood isn't dry enough.
Once your flame is blazing, on top when others sputter out.
This is the foolproof way to light a fire, no kindling or newspaper required. You still want to prime your flue and clean your chimney, but otherwise, put up your screen and you're good to go.
These idiot-proof logs are chemical free and burn for over an hour and a half. Not only do they work outdoors, but they also work in an indoor fireplace, so you really get the best of both worlds.