Europeans do it better: how to light a fire

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Europeans are known for their passion for fireplaces, so it’s no wonder they are experts when it comes to starting a wood fire.

They call it ‘The upside down method.’ Which means exactly that…you light a fire from the top down. You might be sceptical that this method works better than lighting from the top, but you’d be surprised how many benefits there are from doing it the European way:

Little to No Smoke

When there are flames, there’s no smoke. So by lighting from the top, you are creating heat from the top of the wood pile, and in return creating a bigger flame faster.

No Poking & Prodding

Once your fire is lit, it can burn anywhere between three to six hours, without needing you to constantly top it up.

Little Mess

Because you are lighting from the top down, you are heating the below wood before it burns, in return leave little to no ash…saving you time in cleaning!

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Step-by-step guide on how to light an upside down fire

STEP ONE

Start by placing the largest pieces on the bottom. Make sure they are split, dry firewood.

STEP TWO

Place a layer of smaller split firewood across the main logs – the secret to this upside down fire is making the pieces for each layer a little smaller than the one below.

STEP THREE

Place another layer of smaller pieces across the second layer.

STEP FOUR

Place a handful of kindling on top of your layered firewood.

STEP FIVE

Place the fire starters on top and around the kindling – light from the back to the front (the air intake must be completely open before lighting the fire).

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STEP SIX

Leave the fire door open about an inch while the fire is starting – once the fire increases in temperature, close the door. After 15-20 minutes adjust the air intake to your pleasing.

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STEP SEVEN 

Add larger pieces of wood once bottom logs are lit.

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Check out the video…

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