1. Before you begin
Make sure you have a good supply of hardwood logs, kindling and newspaper - rolled and tied into pretzel like knots. Also, don’t forget the matches!
2. Prepare your wood burner/fireplace
Open the air controls or flue, in order to ensure your fire gets the air supply it needs to establish itself properly.
3. Create a fire bed
Before logs are used, a successful fire initially requires a hot bed to warm the chimney and aid flue performance.
To create your fire bed, start by placing your wood kindling and knotted paper together onto the grate. For log burners note the position of the log guard and ensure all materials are kept well within the edges.