This fall, I finally got my wood stove installed. On our homestead, my parents have always used a wood stove for heating their house. It saves a lot on our heating bills. One of the things that I have noticed with getting my own stove and with having several friends get fire places or wood stoves recently is that starting a fire is not as easy as it seems.
So, today I’m going to go through how do my parents and I start our wood stoves. The things you will need are:
1. fire starter such as newspapers and card board
2. small twigs
3. small and medium sized logs
4. large logs
So to start with, my dad when he was demonstrating to me how to get my fire going easily, put newspaper inside a small card board box. Then on top of the box, he put several small twigs on top almost in a teepee shape as you can see in the picture.
He lit the newspaper from the front and the fire spread to the inside of the cardboard box, catching the box on fire. This then burned and caught our twigs on fire. As the twigs began to catch on fire, he then added a small very dry log to the top of the twigs.
Then he shut one door on the wood stove to create a strong draw of air onto his fire. As the log began burning merrily, he then added a medium sized log.
Our fire is now beginning to create some coals which is excellent because it will help keep the fire burning for a while. My fire can be kept going for up to three days without having to clean the fire out. I will have to remove some of the ashes over time, but the coals can stay and be reused for as many as three days.
Once the medium sized log is merrily blazing, we can now add a large log in. As that catches fire, you’ll want to bank the fire by placing several large logs in and damping down your fire once they are burning nicely.
That’s how we get our fire going on the homestead.
Until next time,
Homestead in health ya’ll!