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Saturday, January 30, 2016

FORGET WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED ~ MAKE YOUR FIRE UPSIDE DOWN.

 


FORGET WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED …….. MAKE IT UPSIDE DOWN!!!


Are you kidding? Really…….How can that be?


BUT……..We have always put the paper and kindling under the logs and waited............ and waited......... and waited..... for the fire to get going. In my case I would finally give up,  put the matches away, and sip on my wine.

Until………one day……..Anna, my very clever housekeeper, taught me how to make an UPSIDE DOWN FIRE. 

TODAY I am a pro fire builder ………I save on my paper, kindling and efforts…….Ultimately I light the fire, sit back down, and enjoy my sustainable fire......and glass of wine. 

BONUS ~ This will help your fire wood, kindling and paper supply last much longer ……Really? Yes, and your fireplace fires will light and burn as if you were a pro outdoor camper dude or dudette........ I promise. 


FOUR STEPS AND FOUR LAYERS


LAYER 1: Start with 2 large pieces of wood and place on the bottom of the fireplace.  Set them touching side by side

LAYER 2: Next – use 2 smaller pieces of wood and lay them across the bottom 2.  These can have a gap between.


LAYER 3: Your next layer is kindling – we supply cedar shingle strips and in some of our cottages old dead arbutus branches. Stack these on top of layer 2 going the other direction…….crossing the layer below.

LAYER 4: The final step……..  Make knots out of newspaper or other paper scraps. Light the paper, which then lights the kindling creating embers that drop and fall onto the larger pieces of wood. CONGRATS... you have successfully started a fire in the fireplace!!

SPECIAL NOTES

  • Please use the dry seasoned wood & kindling provided
  • We provide enough wood for your evening fires. 
  • You are welcome to bring extra seasoned wood from the mainland if you would like to burn during the day as well. 
  • All of our fireplaces provide a romantic ambiance but are not the main heat source: All of our properties have electric heat. 

VERY IMPORTANT ~ Please do not gather wet green wood from the trail and surrounding area. It creates a dangerous smoky burn by depositing creosote in the chimney and will contribute to a chimney fire. 



ENJOY YOUR WARM AND COZY UPSIDE DOWN FIRE

Below is a great YouTube video of the UPSIDE DOWN FIRE.

  











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