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How to build a fire 

Not everyone is confident with their fire starting abilities.  Some of us just have problems building and starting , a fire.  Whether you are starting a fire for your indoor or outdoor fireplace, a fire pit for your backyard or patio or even a campfire we have tips on how you can make your experience go smoothly. 
As we all know,  a fire requires a few things to be able to burn and keep burning well.  Four of the items that a fire needs to start burning and maintain burning is: Tender, Kindling, Fuel and Oxygen.  
One of the easiest and best ways to start a fire is to replace the tender with fire starters.  We are going to be giving you tips on building and starting fires with Fire Starters.  We carry a couple of different kinds that are available for purchase.   These include Fatwood and Lighting-Nuggets.

What is Fatwood

So now you are asking - exactly what is Fatwood and Lighting Nuggets.
  • Fatwood:  "Born from the wood of old pine stumps left for waste after logging, it is made from splitting the stumps of pine trees that contain a high concentration of natural resin.   As the stumpwood hardens over time, the resin or sap concentrates to create an all-natural, 100% organic, chemical-free fire starter."  Safe for barbecues. 
  • Lighting-Nuggets:  " Use recycled forest by-products within our lumber industry, and only a completely purified, recycled, food grade quality paraffin wax.  Product has no hazards and completes nature's  carbon cycle as a renewable resource."  Perfectly safe to start Barbecues with.  

Fire Building Tips with Fire Starters:

  • Step 1:  Use either Fatwood Sticks or Lighting Nuggets - See Steps for using Fatwood Sticks or Lighting Nuggets

                          FATWOOD STICKS

Place two or three fatwood sticks in the center of your firepit or fireplace.  With a long handles stick match or lighter (lighter work best), 
light the end of the sticks. All you need to do is get the ends going and the rest will catch with a few minutes.   

                      LIGHTING NUGGETS

Place one nugget round side down and light the top flat edge.  It is guaranteed to burn for at least 15 minutes, reaching 480 degrees with a 8 Plus inch flame.   This will start your kindling and your logs. 

  • Step 2: Kindling - With either your Fatwood or Lighting Nuggets in the center, you continue to build your fire in the normal manner.  On top of the Fatwood or Lightning nuggets you place your kindling.  You're kindling needs to be dry.    
    • Kindling Arrangement: 

                TEEPEE STYLE
First arrange your kindling in teepee fashion over your fatwood or lighting nuggets. 

  • Step 3: - Fuel Arrangement:  Oxygen is a main component of building your fire.  Make sure that when you arrange the logs, that the firewood has enough ventilation for your fire to breath.  Stack your firewood loosely with lots of air space.  Without air, your fire will die. I have listed two methods for the arrangement of your fire logs.   
    • ‚ÄčTEEPEE STYLE  This is the same method you used for the kindling.  Continue to build your logs around the center teepee.  Then build a larger teepee of firewood over the kindling. When lit, the flames will rise up through the kindling and into the larger wood.

    • LOG CABIN STYLE - Then lay two logs on either side of the teepee. Place Two more logs on top of these to form a square.                           Then build up using smaller and shorter pieces of firewood until you've formed a cabin.
Now light your fatwood or lightning nugget.  You will have a roaring blaze to enjoy your fire.    Now all you need to do is to maintain your fire.


  • Step 4: Maintaining your fire:

            If a fire at any time seems to start to die, even when you have unburned logs, you may need to move the logs around a bit for the fire to get more oxygen.  This is a time                     when you will need to use your fire poker or log turners.  Simple move the logs around and you will have a fire glowing again. 

            Stop trying to fight, to get a fire going. Shop with Fire Pit Tables and More today to browse our selection firewood starters.   

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