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Dahliathemeh
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New to me method

Post by Dahliathemeh » Wed Oct 19, 2022 1:54 pm

I tried a new fire lighting technique call the top down method. Oh goodness what a game changer! My fire started quick, spread evenly and warmed the porch quickly. I'm doing this method from now on! Loving it!
Stack your largest logs at the bottom of the stove, smaller sized next layer, smaller next layer, ect. Light fire from the top, and magic!!!
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Re: New to me method

Post by dave77 » Wed Oct 19, 2022 2:44 pm

Interesting, I don't have a wood stove but have always started outdoor fires with smaller wood on the bottom, will try it next time I build a fire.

https://homesteadhow-to.com/how-and-why ... down-fire/
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Re: New to me method

Post by North Country Gal » Wed Oct 19, 2022 7:40 pm

Good tip. I may try it next time camping.
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Re: New to me method

Post by GFK » Thu Oct 20, 2022 7:45 am

I use a pyramid type method. But, I may try. Thanks! I typically put smaller wood (kindling wood, leafs, paper, etc.) on the bottom. Then, I place larger wood over it in a teepee type shape. I use a similar shape when burning charcoals. Of course, lighter fluid is used also. Yet, coals seem to caught on quickly. Anyway, another method to have in the toolbox.
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Re: New to me method

Post by graywolf » Thu Oct 20, 2022 8:48 am

I’ll have to try that.
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Re: New to me method

Post by Dahliathemeh » Thu Oct 20, 2022 3:30 pm

Yesterday's fire.
Yesterday's fire.
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I hope you'll tell me your results. I knew about it for a year, but was too stubborn to do it. This year out of frustration, I did it and there's no turning back!
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Re: New to me method

Post by dave77 » Fri Oct 21, 2022 1:21 am

I'll bet that's the cat's favorite spot when the fire's going. I don't have a wood stove but 2 of my cats do occasionally lay on the furnace's floor vents, warm but not very soft.
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Re: New to me method

Post by Sir Henry » Sat Oct 22, 2022 10:46 pm

I combine top and bottom. Putting some smaller stuff on the bottom with the bigger helps it get going fast. Starting the fire from the top also gets the cold air out of the chimney on really cold starts. Getting it to have a fast draft will aid in a cleaner start too.

Funny this same subject came up a few days ago on a camping forum.
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Re: New to me method

Post by Hatchdog » Sun Oct 23, 2022 10:10 am

Sir Henry wrote:
Sat Oct 22, 2022 10:46 pm
I combine top and bottom. Putting some smaller stuff on the bottom with the bigger helps it get going fast. Starting the fire from the top also gets the cold air out of the chimney on really cold starts. Getting it to have a fast draft will aid in a cleaner start too.

Funny this same subject came up a few days ago on a camping forum.
Tis the season, I was at my son’s place Friday and he was burning the first fire in his new stove. He was taking about the top down method too.
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Re: New to me method

Post by markiver54 » Sun Oct 23, 2022 10:17 am

Dahliathemeh wrote:
Thu Oct 20, 2022 3:30 pm
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I hope you'll tell me your results. I knew about it for a year, but was too stubborn to do it. This year out of frustration, I did it and there's no turning back!
By the way Dahlia, your room turned out very nice!
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