Change the way you start a fire
Rather than placing the kindling on the bottom and the large logs on top, follow these easy stops to make a hot-burning, low-pollution fire:
Large logs go on bottom
It’s not how we were taught, but place the biggest logs on the bottom. No need to leave space between the logs.
Build layers of small logs
Crisscross two or more layers of progressively smaller logs as you move up.
Place kindling on top and light
Next place your kindling on the top, together with bark, wood chips, or a commercial fire starter. Light the fire at the top, as shown.
Light the fire and let it burn
The fire spreads from the top down as the hot gases spread and igntie the entire pile. The fire starts hotter and without smoke, meaning less pollution is released into the air.
Don’t let the fire go out -- add new logs before it burns down.
Photos used by permission from the Firewood for Life website.