Edinburgh Wood Fuel tips for creating that perfect warming fire

It is hard to beat the glow of a roaring fire. We have set out below some hints and tips on creating the perfect fire this winter to keep your home cosy.

Everything you need to create the perfect fire can be found on our online shop.

Ensure you are burning dry firewood

This is probably the most important thing to consider when creating a perfect fire. Dry wood is wood with a moisture content below 20%. All Edinburgh Wood Fuel’s logs have a moisture content below 20% to ensure maximum efficiency and heat output.

Wet wood, wood with a moisture content above 20%, if you can get it lit will give out little heat and it is likely that it will just to smoulder away and eventually pitter out. It will not give you the warm, glowing fire you desire.

Bring wood inside

As cold wood can be harder to burn, if possible, try to bring your wood in from outside at least a few hours before burning it. This is not essential (to be honest I more often than not forget to bring the wood in to the log basket a few hours before I light our stove, I normally only remember just before I go to light it), but it does help.

Leave some ash in grate of your fire

This is something I have only recently learnt, and I have found that it does make a difference. I used to be guilty of cleaning out the grate and removing all the ash before lighting a new fie. However, leaving a layer of ash in the grate helps create a good base to your fire and will help get your fire going quicker as the ash is great at holding the first embers.

Have a supply of good, dry kindling and a packet of firelighters

You will need kindling, and maybe some firelighters to get your fire going. Edinburgh Wood Fuel kindling is made from well-seasoned, extremely dry softwood so is ideal for getting that fire going. Light your kindling with the assistance of a firelighter and perhaps some scrunched up newspaper, and ensure that the kindling has started to burn well before you start adding logs to your fire.

Use a range of log sizes and type of wood

It is best to use smaller logs to get your fire established, and only once you have a good fire established start to add larger logs. Place the smaller logs on top of your lit kindling once you have given the kindling a few minutes to get going. We aim to have a range of log sizes in our nets of firewood.

Here at Edinburgh Wood Fuel we also recommend using softwood to get your fire going as it is easier to get lit than hardwood, and once you have your fire has established switch to hardwood to give you a steady burn. If at any point your fire is starting to look at little sad, add a few softwood logs and it should roar back to life.

Open your air vents

If you have a wood burning stove, open your air vents fully for the first 30 minutes or so to get a really good fire going (if you are technical and have a stove thermometer you are aiming to get your stove to around 200 oC). Once you have a good fire going partly close the vents and add a log or two when logs are half burnt down.

We hope that you have found these pointers helpful. If you have any hints and tips of your own, please share them in the comments section below. We would love to hear them.

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