How To Start A Fire
Following are some tips on how to start a camp fire, a fire in your fireplace or a fire in a wood burning stove.
1. Most of the time when anyone has trouble starting a fire it’s because the fire isn’t getting enough oxygen. A fire can’t start or burn without oxygen. Whenever starting a fire, don’t smother it by “pilling-on" too much wood to begin with.
2. Start with a few sheets of newspaper. Don’t wad the paper up into tight little balls, because there won’t be enough oxygen flowing through the paper for it to ignite. The edges will start to burn and then just smolder out. Wad the paper up into loose balls, about the size of a soft ball, not a golf ball.
3. Then place some small pieces of lightweight, dry kindling on top of the paper. Use 3 or 4 small pieces of kindling for every ball of newspaper.
4. Once the paper and the kindling ignite, add a few pieces of small wood. Start with your light weight or light colored woods like Juniper, pine or ash. You can either criss cross these, like the ends of a log cabin, or build a teepee shaped tent over the burning kindling. When adding new pieces of wood, allow plenty of “breathing room” between them, placing them about 1-2 inches apart.
5. Once the smaller pieces ignite, start adding larger pieces of wood.
Note: If you have a gas fireplace, simply start your fire by placing a minimum of 5 pieces of smaller split wood on your grate. It’s best to start with a bed of ashes, but if not, as the ash in your fireplace starts to accumulate, leave it in there until it builds up to a few inches below your grate.
After all this, it's up to you to sit back, relax and enjoy!