This article describes how to quickly start a fire in a wood burning fireplace. Some home owners never use their fireplaces. Perhaps, because of smoke coming in due to a closed damper, or difficulties starting fire with wet firewood. But if you do things properly, there is so much joy having it around sometimes.
Here is a fireplace to start fire in.
We need the following to quickly start fire:
Make sure to open fireplace damper for rising smoke to escape into chimney and out of house. Depending on fireplace design, you usually do it manually by reaching into fireplace and moving a handle. One position of this handle completely show off air flow, another fully opens it. If unsure which position is which, use a flash light to see it before starting the fire, and open it.
Watch this short video below that shows the process of opening and closing fireplace damper.
For quick start, it helps to have things organized.
If we start the fire now, we would most likely have a little bit of smoke to enter living room initially until air draft through chimney is established.
To avoid this, we want to establish air draft first by burning some paper and holding it up as close to fireplace damper as possible. This warms up the air in chimney and establishes air draft so that air goes from the living room into fireplace and up in chimney and nothing goes backwards.
Now light the paper and see small bits of firewood to catch up with fire. As paper burns, perhaps add a few more small firewood bits or reorganize them to make sure the entire thing burns well.
With small bits burning, we can now add slightly larger dry pieces to the fire to see it become more serious.
Now that out fire looks mature, we can add big logs to it, enjoy, and maintain it by adding more logs when necessary.
Watch a video below showing the entire process.