Originally Posted on February 10, 2016
Ever have trouble starting the fire in your wood-burning stove or fireplace insert? In this video, David Grau demonstrates his method for building a fire that starts easily the first time.
Step 1: Clean the smoke and creosote from the stove window.
Step 2. Use scraps of 2x4's, old fence pieces, or similar sized pieces of wood to build a platform above your coals or charcoals.
Step 3. Put larger pieces of wood at an angle across the platform, leaving air gaps.
Step 4. Put small pieces of wood next to the coals below the platform.
Step 5. Crumple paper into a loose cone and put it next to the coals below the platform. You may want to use two or three if your coals are not hot.
Step 6. Start your fire by lighting the cones paper.
Step 7. Use another loose cone of paper to "stir" the fire, adding oxygen to help it burn.
Step 8. Close the stove door most of the way, leaving a small gap for air until your fire is burning well.