Come home to a real fire
As I write this the weather has turned quite mild for the moment, but I can also recall Januarys and Februarys where we’ve really been in the deep freeze. When there’s a chill in the air, even in the spring there’s nothing quite so comforting as the prospect of warming up in front of a real fire as the evening draws in. There’s something so very comforting about the flames and the gentle hissing sound.
Real fires in the home are on the increase as people enjoy restoring original features in their homes, or creating contemporary fireplaces, or installing wood burners. But for many of us, our childhoods were spent warming up by a radiator or in front of a gas or electric fire, so we never learned how to light a real one with wood or coal. Here are a few tips on how to do it safely.*
1. Check that the damper is open. (The damper’s a device that controls the amount of air flowing through the flue.)
2. If your fireplace has glass doors, open the doors 30 minutes before to allow the inside of the fireplace to come to room temperature.
3. Check the draught. Light a match near the opening of the flue and see if the draught is coming down or going up. If it’s still coming down, you need to find a way of reversing the draught and getting it to go up. Under no circumstances can you light the fire with the draft coming down.
4. Set up your wood and kindling. Newspaper helps the wood to burn. Put the kindling on the grate first, with crumpled up newspaper under the grate and mixed in with the kindling. Stack your wood on top. Your logs can be stored on the simple and chic Zack Firewood Storage Rack.
5. Light the newspaper first - the kindling lights from that. Watch the smoke carefully for the first half hour. The smoke should be nearly undetectable if it's draughting right up the chimney.
6. If you're still having trouble getting a good draught on the fireplace, and smoke is coming back into the room, try opening a window about an inch. This works best if the window is on a wall opposite the fireplace, with few obstructions.
7. Add big logs. If you want to enjoy your evening, you can make sure the fire will go a while without tending by building it properly to start with. Once the fire is going well, you should begin to see some red, glowing embers beneath. The bigger logs take a while to catch fire, but once they do will burn a long time without you having to get up and move them around. The glowing embers will keep things hot, and you should be nice and toasty for a couple of hours this way. Use the Redecker Fire Blower to inject some air right into the heart of the fire to keep it going.
8. Stir the wood down at least half an hour before you want it to go out. Break it up with your poker and try to spread it out as much as you can over the area of the firebox. The thinner it's spread, the quicker it will burn up and go out. Check after the fire is out to ensure that the coals and embers are all dead. If so, close the damper so that you don’t lose valuable home heat through the chimney
It’s important that you have the right tools to ensure you can build your fire safely. Our Zack Fire Irons Set includes everything for tending your fire.
During the day when the fireplace isn’t in use, a contemporary firescreen will be an attractive feature for your fireplace, and a traditional-style coal scuttle a functional addition.
Enjoy your open fire on a cold winter’s day!
* Source Wikihow.com