Have a domestic wood burner or fireplace? Here’s how to get a long-lasting fire that burns at its hottest, brightest, and pollutes less

Firing up
To build a fire in a wood-burning stove, ensure the grate is free from ash and then begin to pile logs ready for a fire using a “top down” technique. Place two or three small logs on the stove bed, then stack a grid of six to eight pieces of kindling on top, along with a firelighter block. Making sure the stove controls are set to allow maximum airflow, you can then put a flame to the kindling and firelighter. Leave the stove door open (and stay with the stove) until it’s burning strongly, then close the door and adjust the airflow settings.

Slow and steady
Placing too many logs in a wood burner at once won’t allow for enough airflow and will cause the wood to smoulder, which not only creates more smoke but is an inefficient way to use your wood supply (and your budget). Instead, feed your burner by adding small logs whenever the fire starts to die down more than you’d like, remembering to open the stove’s airflow controls each time you do so. And don’t leave the stove door open – not only does the burning temperature actually drop, it risks letting harmful gases into the room.

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