How To Make A Fire

We are often asked “How To Make A Fire?”
Weather it is a fire for your fireplace or on how to pack your wood for your outdoor fire, here is a step - by step guide on "how to make a fire".

What You Will Need To Start

How To Make A Fire - Firelighters
Firelighters - How To

Firelighters

If used correctly, with Firelogs Kindeling, 1 packet of firelighters should be enough for about 8 fires.

How To Make A Fire - Kindeling
Kindeling - How To

Kindeling

Kindeling is the small peaces of wood used to start the fire with the help firelighters. One bag of kindeling should be enough for 6 - 8 fire starts.

How To Make A Fire - Dry Firewood
Dry Firewood - How To

Dry Firewood

Dry firewood is very important to ensure effective burning in your fireplace.

Lets Start!

Open all the vents (closed combustion stoves) or the chimney vent (open fireplaces)
usually located on the side or at the back of the chimney
How To Make A Fire - Step 1

01

Clean Fireplace

Always ensure that the fireplace is clean.

How To Make A Fire - Step 2

02

Firelighters

Break off ½ a block of individually wrapped firelogs firelighters and place the block in the middle of the fireplace.

How To Make A Fire - Step 3

03

Kindeling

Take out a “hand full”  of kindeling.

How To Make A Fire - Step 4

04

Tee Pee

Using the kindeling, build a “Tee Pee”or pyramid above the firelighter.

How To Make A Fire - Step 5

05

Smaller Pieces

Always open the bag of wood and select the smaller pieces to be used first.

How To Make A Fire - Step 6

06

Light Firelighter

Light the firelighter in the middle of the fireplace.

How To Make A Fire - Step 7

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Bigger Pieces

Once you have lit the fire, start placing the smaller pieces of wood onto the fire, gradually building up to the bigger pieces of wood.

Tips

Use Your Previous Days Ash

Do Not clean glass doors of closed stoves with Window lean or other household cleaning agents as well as pot or steel wool or scotch guards as this will scratch the glass, rather use a damp cloth, dab the cloth with the previous day ash and wipe the inside glass, by doing this before every use, will maintain your fireplace.

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How To Make A Fire - Closed Combustion
Closed Combustion Stoves Only - 1st  Burning “The Burning In Phase”

Step 1: Start the fire as per above instructions, leaving all the vents and door/s open on the fireplace.

Step 2:  Once the smaller pieces of wood have started to burn and the fire has become a “stand alone” fire, in other words, the fire is fueling itself and the firelighter has burned out +- the first 20 minutes.

Step 3::  Allow the fire to become stronger by placing small pieces of wood onto the fire, you will notice that the flames are high and moving rapidly +- 1 hour since lilting the fire. After the first hour, you should feel some heat!

Step 4: Close the door/s BUT NOT COMPLETELY , leave the door/s slightly open as this is the “ the burning in phase” the reason for this, is to allow the ropes on the inside of the door/s  to settle.

Step 5:  Place some more wood onto the fire and allow to burn, once your smell a faint” paint smell” the fireplace is ready about 4 hours.

Step 6:  Allow the fire to burn out and cool down naturally, with the door open.

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Closed Combustion Stoves - Normal Burning

Step 1: Start the fire as per above instructions, leaving all the vents and door/s open on the fireplace.

Step 2:  Once the smaller pieces of wood have started to burn and the fire has become a “stand alone” fire, in other words, the fire is fueling itself and the firelighter has burned out +- the first 20 minutes.

Step 3::  Allow the fire to become stronger by placing small pieces of wood onto the fire, you will notice that the flames are high and moving rapidly +- 1 hour since lilting the fire. After the first hour, you should feel some heat!

Step 4: Close the door/s, immediately you will notice that the flame has dramatically dropped and should be burring about 1 cm above the wood and moving slowly, this is normal, at this stage, keep the vents open.

Allow the fire to “settle” and start closing the vents or dials in small increments, the more you close the vents/ dials, the slower the flame will be moving, Do NOT close all the vents as this will cut of the oxygen supply to the fire and the fire will go out!

Every time, you open the door/s to place more wood in, work back the vents / dials to their previous settings.

How To Make A Fire - Closed Combustion Stoves - Normal Burning

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