|Written by grannygoodearth|
Ā Being able to build a fire that burns with a steady blaze but doesn't require constant attention can really add to the experience of having a fireplace. At a time when home heating costs are on the rise, it only makes sense to find ways to find alternative ways to heat your home. Building a fire that burns at a low, steady blaze is easier than you my think once you know the steps. The method described below is much like the one used in country homes generations ago. Fire and heat were maintained day after day in this manner.
You will need:
-A set of andirons
-Logs; a variety of sizes
-A set of fireplace tools
To build a fire in a fireplace:
1. Start with a bed of ashes reaching several inches above the andiron legs.
2. Place a good sized log, about 10 inches in diameter, against the back wall of the fireplace.
3. Balance a smaller log on top of the larger log.
4. Place a log just behind and against the andirons. The front and rear logs must be sufficiently bedded down in ashes to keep draft and flames from getting under them. Only the tops and faces of the logs should burn.
5. Put paper and dry kindling wood in the center of the fireplace and light them carefully with a match.
6. Gradually the logs at front and back will burn through. Move them to the middle of the fire and substitute new logs, well-embedded in ashes. Move logs and ashes with the appropriate fireplace tools.
A fire constructed in this manner will use a minimum of wood. They will also have red-hot coals that can be covered over with ashes from the sides of the fireplace and will last through the night, even into the next day. Uncover them and and rekindle the fire.