How to start a fire
November 7, 2012 6:09 PM Subscribe
I have a cast iron wood stove at my house that sort of looks like this.
I suck at getting a fire light in it reliably. Can you help figure out what flues and doors and vents to open and close and devise a process to always get a fire going?
posted by neustile to Home & Garden (17 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
The stove has:
- A door on the front
- A door on the left
- A big handle over the door on the left that appears to move a big metal thing that prevents or lets air go in and out of a bunch of holes on the inside bottom of the stove
- A large pipe that goes up to the ceiling and through the roof
- A knob 2 feet above the stove on that pipe that feels like it is turning a piece of metal inside the pipe to let smoke in our out of that pipe, or maybe to keep rain / snow out?
- A small metal cable attached to a latch on the back that opens and shuts a tiny metal flap in front of a 4" square opening on the back bottom left
I have dry firewood, treated "fatwood" sticks, matches, paper, etc. And a "log grate"
that can fit inside the fireplace.
What is the correct process? Talk to me like I grew up without a fireplace, because I did.