Make your fire last longer. Light it upside down.

By The Helpful Engineer / On / In Energy Conservation

I love burning timber in our stove; timber is clean to handle, there is very little ash left afterwards, it is good for the environment and the ash can be spread on the garden afterwards, unlike coal ash. However, one of the difficulties with using wood in our small stove is that it burns quickly and as a result a lot of tending is required to avoid it going out. We usually have to add logs every 30 or 40mins. So I decided to try the unusual and counter intuitive upside down method of fire starting. This is designed to allow the fire to burn for a longer time using the same amount of timber while producing less black smoke. It started life with campers who wanted a fire that would last for 8 to 9 hours, through the night, without them having to wake up to add more timber. This is possible using this method in a large fire, so while it wouldn’t last 8 hours in our small stove; I wanted to try it to see how much more time I could get, without putting logs on the fire.

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