WOOD FIRE 101

In these ever changing days, we need to feel secure and comfortable in our own homes.

One of the things that remains important is heat. While no one anticipates a disruption on basic services like power and utilities, it is something to consider.
At Bromwell’s we also know that when we retreat into our homes, we want them to be relaxing and a calm cocoon. A warm fire flickering in the fireplace can be just the thing we need at the end of a stressful day of working from home, teaching the kids, or fighting to find “the basics” at the store. 
Obviously wood burning fireplaces need no additional supplies other than wood. The most basic and “primitive” of fires is certainly one of the most romantic. The scent and sound of real wood popping and burning fires up our memories of times around the campfire. You cant deny the feeling of a real wood fire, but there is certainly some work involved. 
Lighting a fire can sometimes be difficult. Those of us who have arrived at a cold cabin in the winter, know that there are many different ways to get the fire going. However, this is a trusted procedure that makes lighting the fire easy. Also, this procedure is better for the environment.
The experts often talk about top down and bottom up lighting. You either start lighting from the top or from the bottom. We prefer top down . This method produces less soot and ashes, ensures better air supply and makes the first wood load last longer.
To light the fire on the first try, you will need:
• A couple of larger logs of wood 
• 8 to 12 pieces of kindling sticks
• Firelighters or newspaper
• Matches
STEP 1
AIR AND LOGS OF WOOD
Ensure that all air vents in the fireplace are open. Put the logs on the bottom of the fireplace. It is important that the wood is cleft and dry. The logs may be as thick as a fist or thicker.
STEP 2
KINDLING WOOD
Add a layer of small logs of about 4 cm, and then one or two layers of kindling. Remember that air is important – approx. 1 cm between the pieces of wood is the perfect spacing.
STEP 3
FIRE BRIQUETTES
Put a couple of fire firelighters on top of the layer of kindling wood or use some newspaper. Be aware that newspaper produces unnecessary amounts of ashes and contributes to more soot.
STEP 4
LIGHT IT!
The last step is easy, just light it Some chimneys take more time to create good draught than others. If the house or cabin is “too” insulated, you might want to open a window. The same applies if the kitchen ventilator is on. Ensure that is turned off until a good draught is established. 
With a little work, you will have a roaring fire to warm your home and spirit

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