Spring, summer, autumn or winter - fires are a fantastic way to bring family and friends together whether it’s with a fire pit in the summer or sat in front of the fireplace in the living room. However, for those new to fires, you may be struggling to get your fire started with a bang. To help you out, we’ve got together our step by step guide on lighting a powerful and long-lasting log fire.
Step 1 - Get your things together
First things first, you’re going to need to get together all the ingredients for a powerful and enduring fire. Here are four key things you’ll need:
- A lighter
- Homefire Twizlers (Wood Wool) Natural Firelighters
- Homefire Supapak Kindling
- Homefire Kiln Dried Hardwood Logs
To help make the fire lighting process as easy and safe as possible, we recommend setting up your fire pit in an open space. We’ve also brought all these items (apart from the lighter) together in a Handy Fire Pit Bundle, so you can hit the ground running. With a few more additions to the mix, we also have a Log Burner Bundle available that is also great for helping get your fires started nice and easy.
Step 2 - Lay down your twizlers
To ensure your fire has the best start possible, lay down two or three twizlers around the centre of the fire bed, being careful to clump them together. The twizlers will burn quickly and with immediate heat, helping to light the rest of your firewood. Essentially, the twizlers are the base of your fire and are a crucial part of any fire lighting.
Step 3 - Create a ‘teepee’ with your kindling
Next up is adding your kindling to the fire. We suggest stacking your wood in a ‘teepee’’ style, which is the best efficient and successful way to get things started. With this setup, you should have the perfect foundation for a long-lasting fire. Remember though - make sure your twizlers are still easily accessible to light, both for practical and safety reasons.
Step 4 - Light it up
This is the part you’ve been waiting for! Now that your twizlers and kindling are efficiently stacked up, use your lighter to ignite the tinder pile at the centre. When the tinder lights up, it should quickly light the smaller bits of kindling and start to grow. After a few minutes have passed, the fire will be well-established and you’ll be ready for the next stage.
Step 5 - Add your logs
It’s time to add your logs to the construction! One of the most crucial elements of any log fire lighting is not putting too many logs in to begin with. Many people stack as many in as they can, but this can overwhelm the lighting process. Two or three logs around within your fire is enough to get things started with a bang. Once the fire is burning, feel free to add some more. Voila - you should have a warming, long-lasting fire to enjoy!
It’s simple - the perfect fire needs the perfect fuel. If you want your fire to be at its best, our Fire Pit Bundle and our Log Burner Bundles are the perfect places to start - containing Kiln-Dried Firewood, Heat Logs & Twizlers sourced from sustainable, renewable forests. Check out our various collections today.