I’m a fire starter 

I haven’t blogged in ages, it’s mad really but things have been busy with House DIY and we definitely aren’t done yet. Today, however I was chatting to a colleague and we got onto the subject of fires. We both have woodburners and he asked if we have used ours yet. Well flint and I love a fire and so does Tilly so yes we’ve had a few! 

My colleague said he was going to have one yesterday but realised they didn’t have any fire lighters so they didn’t. I was outraged! ‘You don’t need firelighters’ I squealed and started chatting about the use of candles or cotton wool and Vaseline. I then talked about little twigs and then slightly bigger bits of wood until you gradually build up to logs. 

Suddenly I caught myself and realised what I was saying. Oh wow I’m giving someone tips on lighting a fire. 

WHAT HAS HAPPENED?!! 

Here’s my little step by step on how.

On the right is a bunch of thin pieces of wood which I split with an axe from the larger wood on the left.


I then added a small piece of scrunched up paper and a couple of thick branch bits from the garden which have been dead a while and are now dry.


I set the fire first with the paper and then propped up the thinnest pieces of wood around it 

I then set the paper alight with a match and gradually stacked the other bits of wood around the flames being careful not to crush them

 I kept doing this and added thicker pieces before putting the branches bits on top once it had gained some energy. 

 

Finally I added some small logs and shut the doors to the woodburner to control the air flow 


I’m sure there are better ways and I’m happy to hear them of course but essentially I lit a fire and it worked first time and we are now warm and snug so I’m happy 🙂 



I am definitely The Bushcrafter’s Wife and it’s great 🙂 nothing beats coming home to an empty house on a cold November evening and being able to light my own fire for Tilly and I xxx