Fatwood - Get Your Fire Started Quickly
are probably people out there who can get a roaring fire blazing away
in their hearth using little more than wood and a single
match. Perhaps its magic or maybe they just know the ins and
outs of building fires so well that they don’t need any of
the firestarters, kindling, or other common tools used to create a
fire. But for the rest of us, not being able to get a fire
going is one of the most frustrating experiences and can honestly ruin
a perfectly good evening.
of the most common tactics used to build a fire for anyone new to the
fireplace experience is to place some wadded up newspaper under the
grate. While this method may prove very functional and is
indeed effective when building a campfire, you do not want to use
newspaper. The ink from the paper could possibly damage the
inside of the hearth, the flou, and the chimney.
is another way to get a fire roaring quickly but it may prove
ineffective if you have wood that does not burn well or is perhaps
wet. If the kindling fails to get the fire going properly, it
will die out and you will need to let the grate cool, remove the logs,
and try using even more kindling the next time around.
of using newspaper or kindling to get a fire started, instead try using
what is known as fatwood.
This specially treated wood will get the fire roaring using a single
match and continue to burn longer than kindling giving you a better
chance of getting damp wood to burn.
special fire starting wood is actually pine and typically about
½ inch in diameter and roughly 8 inches long. The fatwood is saturated with pitch which is a highly flammable, but non-toxic,
substance that ignites very easily. And because the wood is
saturated, it will continue to burn until it is completely consumed by
the flames without producing any foul odor or noxious fumes.
Given its diameter, the wood will burn longer than kindling and give
you a far better chance of starting a fire irrespective of the
condition of the wood itself. While you may be able to use
only one piece of this specially treated fatwood,
it is probably best to use a couple of pieces if the wood is damp or
difficult to burn.
a proper fire is definitely harder than you might imagine which is why
it is best to have the right tools for the job. Kindling will
indeed work when the wood is stacked properly but using specially
treated wood that has been saturated in pitch will almost guarantee you
a worry free start so you can enjoy your fireplace properly.
Above all, remember to avoid using newspaper in your hearth or you risk
damaging the fireplace and leading to larger problems down the road.