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5-step guide to lighting a solid fuel fire

With our many years of experience with solid fuels, we’re regularly asked ‘What is the best way to start fire”?

Our five-step guide below is our general guide on lighting a fire with solid fuel.  All heating appliances vary in their operation and you should always consult your specific appliance user guide for the type of fuel that you are using.

Image: Fire Clean

Step 1: Makes sure your fire is clean
Clean away all ashes from the last fire and ensure the ash pan is empty.

Any residual unburnt coal can be left on top of the grate to help light the next fire.  Leave the ash pan out and the ash cover off.

Image: Creating the fire

Step 2: Creating the fire
Place several pieces of firelighter on top of the grate and cover with dry kindling.  Place the kindling in a “wigwam”/”campfire” arrangement around the firelighters.  Open air draught controls fully.

Place solid fuel around and on top of the dry kindling, leaving a gap at the front to be able to light the firelighters.  Light/ignite the firelighters and wait for the fire to become established.

When burning wood logs, kindling is typically not required.

Image: Ash Pan

Step 3: Replace ash pan and cover
Once the fire is established, replace the ash pan and ash pit cover.

Image: Topping up

Step 4: Topping up
Top up with additional coal using suitable fire tongs or coal scuttle to give a deep fire bed and adjust air draught controls to obtain the required burn rate.

Image: Fire

Step 5: Keeping the fire going
Keep a deep firebed of coal at all times.  This ensures maximum radiant heat into the room and greater efficiency from your heating system.

Check out our fire safety guide to ensure the safe operation of your solid fuel fire.

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