How To Start a Fire in a Cold Chimney

The fireplace is often an important area in the home, especially during cold seasons such as winter. A fireplace brings a lot of comfort to you and your family when you are feeling cold. When starting a fire in your cold chimney there are many factors you have to consider. Taking your time and patience in getting a fire at your cold fireplace can contribute to the possibility that you can start a great fire.

Select the materials. Before starting a fire, you have to gather a number enough firewood and paper. The best paper you can use is the newspaper. After you have prepared all the materials, unlock the damper completely. It is best to use seasoned hardwood. Make sure that it's dry. Seasoned wood is defined as hardwood (from slow-growing trees) that has been let dry in a well-ventilated place for at least a year. Do not use unseasoned and green wood, because this can cause creosote deposits inside your wood stove and on your chimney walls.

Create an initial flame. Crumple some newspaper and set them in the middle of the firebox. Put the firewood above the paper. After doing so, roll some newspaper sheets to create a torch. After this, you can set fire on the torch but you must also hold it above to the damper to warm up the chimney first. If cold air comes inside from the chimney, then the air flow is probably reversing. Continue warming up the chimney until the air flows toward the outside.

Start the fire. Once the chimney is ready, you can set a light to the wrinkled papers in three spots. Completely unlock the air control of the stove. Leave the door slightly open to let some air to pass through the firebox. Keep an eye on the door such that it doesn't completely open, since flickers from the fire woods may cause injury. While the fire starts to burn the firewood, it may require extra wood to keep the flame going. Once the fire has already begun, don't put in additional paper.     

Add in wood. After the burning has started, put in several small sets of dry firewood. Refrain from adding large-sized wood, because this will just smother the flame. Keep on adding small pieces of firewood, but make sure the door is not fully open. When you add some firewood into the fire, always unlock the door carefully and slowly.

Let it burn. When the kindling has begun to burst into flames and the smolder has decreased, you can completely close the door. The reduction of smoke is one good sign that the chimney has established the correct air flow. In addition, you can already put in bigger pieces of firewood, space permitting. This time, you can now regulate the air control setting.

Different fireplaces may work differently, so it will depend on your skill and experience how fast you can start a fire in a cold chimney. Your success rate may depend on several things. For example, wet or damp wood will result in difficulty. A poor draft will also make it hard to start a fire.


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