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Using Your Fireplace in January

Jan 26, 2021

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This article from gives you the best and safest way to build a fire in  your fireplace.
Put two large logs — the bigger the better — in parallel about 15 inches apart. Make sure they're perpendicular to the pane of the closed glass doors, or fireplace opening. These large logs will be the bed of the fire and contain the embers to feed it.
Place one cross-bar across the two large logs. This log should be about the diameter of your forearm, and it should rest parallel to the pane of the glass door or fireplace opening, closer to the opening of the fireplace.
This cross-bar will hold the other firewood and keep an air vent open where the fire can draw fresh air to feed it from underneath.
Crumple newspapers (not glossy paper) on the bottom of the fireplace. Alternately, use other tinder like dried twigs or wood shavings as a base.
Place some kindling on top of the newspaper. Do not put any larger logs or fuel on top yet. If you can stack the kindling in a grid fashion, leaving plenty of space in between for air to pass through.
Light the fire from the newspaper or tinder. Make sure that the kindle starts to burn — you'll want to hear crackling noises.
Place some logs in between the large logs on top of the cross-bar. Again, these logs should be (about half the diameter of your forearm, resting parallel wit the cross-bar. Keep this arrangement at all times: two logs, one cross-bar on top and firewood held by the cross-bar.

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