If you haven’t quite achieved master level status for starting and sustaining a great indoor wood fire, we have a few helpful tips just for you.

Location, location

There’s a big difference between starting a fire in a wood stove vs. one in a fireplace. You see, while it’s easier to start a fire in a fireplace, it’s easier to keep one going in a wood stove. The latter is true because the stone or metal the stove is made of keeps a fire cooler than a fireplace can, and cooler translates to longer lasting.


Kindling is anything that catches fire easily but burns quickly. Common kindling material includes newspapers, cardboard, or junk mail! You can also make your own fire starters by filling empty toilet paper rolls or pasta boxes with dryer lint. They catch quickly and burn longer than other kindling.

Know your fuel

Start with larger pieces of wood placed cross-wise over each other. This creates height for the fire for improved air flow.  Place the kindling at the base and on top of the larger logs. This creates high heat all around the wood. Next, place thin branches on top of the pile. These will catch fire first, but burn long enough so that the logs have time to catch fire.

Air flow

To help keep your fire going, start by removing ashes and other debris from the bottom of your fireplace, including under the grill. Be sure that your flue is open, and that your chimney has been regularly cleaned. Lastly, the colder the outdoor temperature, the better up-flow of air you will have. Weather above 40 degrees is usually too warm for adequate airflow.

If you rely on your fireplace or wood stove for even some of your indoor heat, you know already it needs all the help it can get from your furnace.  And when things don’t go well with your furnace, you can count on Furnace Doctors for all the help you need to keep you and your family safe and warm, all winter long.  Contact us today for preventative maintenance, a system repair problem, or a free in-home quote on a new or replacement system.