How To Start a Woodstove Fire


| 3/31/2014 9:59:00 AM


Tags: home heating, woodstoves, firewood, Ontario, Canada, Cam Mather,

It’s been a long time since we dwelled in caves and most of us have lost the innate ability to start a fire efficiently. So here is a chapter from “The World According to Cam” on how to start a fire. Don’t assume that the company that sells the woodstove to you will be able to tell you how to use it properly. But after 15 years of living with a woodstove, I have lit many, many fires and I believe this is the optimal way to start one. I have often cringed while watching others try to light their woodstoves and so I don’t believe this is a skill that comes easily to most people. I’m sure there are lots of other strategies; I just know that mine works well.

Build a Perfect Fire, Step by Step

paper in woodstove

Step 1. The first step is to start with lots of scrunched up newspaper. Newspaper. Traditional, broadsheet, newsprint – newspaper. Not the little advertising flyers that come in your newspaper or mailbox. Not flyers, or catalogs, or your old high school history notes or old mutual fund statements. Use newspaper. If you don’t get a daily paper, start raiding your neighbors’ blue boxes on recycling night, all year long, so that you’re ready for next winter.

Put a thick layer of scrunched up newspapers across the bottom of your woodstove. Scrunch them up the day before if someone in your house likes to sleep in, because the sound of scrunching paper can be deafening.

Step 2. On top of that thick layer of paper you’ll need a few rows of kindling. Good kindling. Broken up branches and limbs, the trimmings from your woodworking projects, or just take some of your firewood and carefully whack off small chunks with a manageable hatchet or small axe. Good, dry kindling is key to starting a fire.

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jd
12/17/2015 12:05:06 PM

Nowadays it is not recommended to use newspapers. An alternative, simple and easy way to start a fire is this: Use wood pellets as kindling put the pellets into a kindling cradle add some fire gel stack the logs on top light the gel and you are done. the pellets will even dry the fire wood. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56EEpF50szg


debby moore marchant
4/2/2014 11:59:32 PM

Please excuse my pointing this out. The information in this article is naive, and dangerous to follow. How come? There is enough modern research to prove that the toxins in wood smoke can be a cause of serious physical ailments.


debby moore marchant
4/2/2014 11:57:43 PM

Please excuse my pointing this out. The information in this article is naive, and dangerous to follow. How come? There is enough research to prove that the toxins in wood smoke can be a cause of serious physical ailments.




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