Christmas spirit with a warming fire
What would Christmas be without a stove? The warm glow from the flames that illuminate the darkness of winter can really set the Christmas spirit alight. You can enjoy magical flames at Christmas by following our easy 4-step guide to getting your fire burning well.
Have a happy and cosy Christmas with top-down fire lighting
Did you know that it is more environmentally-friendly to light a fire top down? This method produces less soot and ash, ensures a better air supply, and makes the first log last longer. The stove then reaches operating temperature faster and the gases burn better.
What you need to light the fire:
- 2-3 large logs
- 2-3 medium logs
- 7-10 smaller kindling sticks
- 2-3 briquettes
Directions on how to fire in your fireplace
- Open all the vents and place 2-3 large logs at the bottom of the stove. Leave about 1 cm between the logs to allow a good flow of air.
- Place 2-3 medium size logs crosswise on top of them.
- Then place 2-3 layers of kindling on top. These should be smaller sticks of about 2-4 cm in thickness.
- Then place briquettes on top, light them up and close the door!
- Always use dry wood! Damp wood does not burn well and will produce more smoke, soot and a sour smell.
- Do not burn wrapping paper in the stove as this can start a chimney fire.
- Leave the door open slightly to begin with to help get the fire burning briskly. Remember to close the door after a while.
- If you find it difficult to get a fire going, try opening a window/outside door, or turn the kitchen fan off to create more draft.
- We do not recommend using newspaper to get the fire going, as this produces more soot which is harmful to the environment.
Want tips on how to decorate your fireplace this Christmas?
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the preparations; from wrapping to cooking, entertaining to decorating, all the while taking the time to enjoy the festive season. That’s why we have put together 5 top tips to enrich your fireplace this Christmas.