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Stumped: Common solutions for when you're struggling to light a fire

Stumped: Common solutions for when you're struggling to light a fire

Have you ever spent 10 minutes lighting a fire just to see it fizzle out ten minutes later? Whether you’re using a fireplace or a fire pit, lighting a fire will always be a hassle if you don’t understand the basics. To help you out, we’ve got together some top tips on lighting a powerful and long-lasting fire you can be proud of.


Maintain air supply

Just like you and me, fire needs a good supply of oxygen to survive. Whether you’re outside or inside, it may be a good idea to safely blow on your kindling to start the lighting process. For those lighting up a fireplace or log burner, always make sure to keep windows and air vents open in your room, in order to circulate as much fresh air as possible. Not only will this improve your ability to light the fire, but it will also keep it going for a longer period of time.



Stack efficiently

We can’t exaggerate the importance of organising your materials efficiently, so here are some of the basics. Firstly, always make sure to scrunch up some newspaper below your kindling to help it get going. Next up, ensure that your kindling is placed in a criss-cross pattern, which will allow your fire to breathe in some of that much-needed oxygen. Finally, don’t go overboard when adding logs to the setup. We suggest placing three or four small logs (depending on the size of your fire pit or fireplace) on top of the kindling and leaving enough room for air. It may seem counter-intuitive not to add a lot of logs to your fire from the off, but restraining yourself when lighting will lead to a better fire in the long run.


Use the right fuel

Without using the right materials, it can be tough to create a powerful sustained fire, let alone light it. Always make sure to use kindling, which is the best way to give a fire the helping hand it needs to light. Our ultra-dry, Kiln Dried Kindling is a no-brainer, supplying your fire with the perfect, all-natural start. The right wood also plays a big role in the lighting process. Thankfully, our Kiln Dried Firewood is smokeless, sustainable and super easy to light, making it the ideal choice for fires both indoors and outdoors. Using substandard or incorrect fuel will only make the lighting process more difficult.

Remember, if you're struggling to light a fire pit or log burner - the right fuel. Fortunately, our Kiln Dried Firewood and Firelighting collections are just the ticket, helping you to spark up and enjoy the flames - explore our range today.

18 October 2021

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