You will need the following materials to build and maintain a good wood fire:
- Sure Start firelighting squares or tight rolled newspaper;
- Handful of finely split, dry kindling in a variety of sizes – we recommend Minuteman Fatwood;
- Seasoned firewood split into a range of piece sizes.
Fire starting products can be purchased at Salter’s Fireplace Patio Grill in Eagleville and Hatfield.
I suggest the “top-down” method. When using this method, you can light the squares and watch the fire burn on its own. While the “top-down” method takes a little getting used to, it is very reliable, and when it is done properly there is almost no smoke right from the start.
- Just place three or four full-sized split logs on the firebox floor.
- Place several pieces of medium kindling across them.
- Then put 10 or so pieces of fine kindling on top, I recommend Minuteman Fatwood.
- Now take Sure Start Squares and place 1 at the top of the pile and 1 at the air intake.
- Light the squares and watch as the fire burns down through the light kindling, the heavy kindling and into the bottom logs.
- Once the draft is established you may shut the door and add logs as needed.
Most manufactures suggest running the unit between 400-600 degrees, but please consult your manual for specifics.
Enjoy your wood burning fire feature this winter. Visit Salter’s showroom to consult with a hearth specialist.