How to build the perfect fire. 1- Save 2 inches of ash bed from your last fire, but leave 1 inch clear between the ash and grate as this helps create a hotter new fire. 2- Use a metal grate to raise logs off the ground so air can circulate under neath. 3- Lay 2-dry starter logs parallel on each side of the grate so air can fuel the fire from below. Use only dry wood that has been seasoned or store bought kiln-dried wood. 4- Stuff 7- grapefruit sized balls of newspaper between the 2 logs-never burn wrapping paper or boxes as they can release harmful chemicals. 5- Crisscross kindling across the starter logs and over the newspaper balls. 6- Now light the newspaper balls and the kindling should light as well. 7-Add another log every 10- 20 minutes for the first hour, then add logs as needed to maintain the fire. Remember-never burn anything in your fireplace that is not intended for burning in a fireplace. Driftwood, painted or varnished wood can release toxic chemicals into your home. De Hart Plumbing, Heating and Cooling serving Manhattan Kansas, Junction City Kansas and Wamego Kansas.
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