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Keeping your fire burning

If winter has you feeling a little down, where you look outside and all you see is rain through the darkness, why not look to the fireplace for a touch of happiness?
Keeping your fire burning can be somewhat of an art, with many people taking a while to perfect the art of building a fire in the home. We have pulled together some of the basic that we find the most useful, just to give you a helping hand.

Keeping Your Fire Burning


Whether you already have a method of getting your fire going that just needs to be fine-tuned, or you are struggling to get anything going, not everyone will follow the same routine. Find what works for you and tweak to adjust accordingly to ensure that your fire burns as long and efficiently as possible. Here’s a few tips to get you going:

  • If your burner has vents, make sure these are open to start with as a fire will start easier with more oxygen.
  • If you have a multi-fuel burner (or an open fireplace) set out a layer of coal in the base, this will pump out heat for long after your logs have burnt away. (smokeless are the best here)
  • Using knotted newspaper to start a fire, if you don’t have firestarters, is much more effective than sheets of paper.
  • Use kindling to form a pyramid in the centre of you fire (on top of coals if you are using them)
  • Once your kindling is completely alight and burning well you can begin to add two or three larger, preferably dried, logs to your fire. Take care not to smother your fire.
  • After adding your logs, ensure to keep an eye on them to make sure they catch well. If you have a door on your log burner you can close this now.
  • Once your fire is on its way you can start adjusting your vents to suit, they may require opening again when you add fresh logs.


Please ensure that no children are left unaccompanied with an open fire, or where they can burn themselves on a burner.

Here at Weston Sawmill, we offer a selection of logs that are ready to be thrown on the fire. You can also find smokeless coal and kindling to help you get your fire going and burning for longer.
For more information, please contact a member of our team today, who will be happy to assist you.