If you’re looking through various wood heaters for sale, you’re likely looking to find a high-quality modern wood fireplace for your home that you can light a good fire inside. There are a few steps you should follow to get the most out of the fires you start without making the room smoky.Following the below instructions should help to make your fire both safe and enjoyable.
Open the Damper
A damper is a device that controls how much air flows through the flue. The flue is the duct that vents out smoke in a chimney.Dampers are located where the firebox and the chimney meet. There will be a lever that you can use to open or close the damper.
Whenever you light a fire, ensure that the damper is open prior to lighting the fire,otherwisethe smoke will pour back into the room. The damper should be kept closed when the fireplace isn’t being used to keep drafts out.
Open the Glass Doors
If your wood burning fireplace has glass doors, open them 30 minutes before you light a fire to help the inside of the fireplace get to room temperature.Opening these doors and allowing the warm air inside your room to go up through the chimney should help the draft to move upwards.
Check the Draft
Light a match and place it near the opening of the flue.This is done to determine if the draft is coming down or going up. If it is coming down, don’t start a fire. You first have to find a way to reverse the draft to make it go upwards.This can be achieved by using a starter block or a wax log.These create warmth inside the wood burning fireplace to make the draft go upwards.
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Fuel Your Fire with the Right Materials
It’s best to use “seasoned” logs in wood fireplaces in Melbourne. Wood is deemed as “seasoned” once it has been dried out for six months or longer. Using unseasoned or waterlogged wood will produce unwanted smoke and heat. You should also opt to use hardwoods, such as maple, oak and cherry wood, rather than softwoods like firs or pine. This is becausehardwoods burn longer and emit less smoke than softwoods do.
The following can be used as kindling: newspaper, white paper that doesn’t have any toxic dyes, small sticks, and chips of wood. Do not use magazine pages with a lot of ink on them or painted or varnished wood, since these often produce toxic smoke when they’re burning.
Correctly Stack Your Kindling and Logs
To build a fire that will continue burning for a long time, the firewood and kindling you stack has to allow oxygen to come in.They should be stacked in a grid to form a stable foundation for the larger logs you’ll place there later.Place rolled up scraps of paper or newspaper under the grate and place pieces of kindling over it.After this, stack the large logs on top in a zig-zag pattern.
Light the Newspaper First
Start by lighting the newspaper, as this will start burning straight away. Keep your eye on the smoke for the first half hour, and make sure the draft is going up the flue. If the smoke turns black, this means the fire isn’t receiving enough oxygen. Use your fireplace poker to carefully lift the wood stack to solve this problem.