How To Start A Coal Fire

How To Start A Coal Fire

Solid fuel is a great great choice for efficient, long lasting heat. In this guide, chimney specialist Barney Dorman from The Chimney company shows you how to start a coal fire.

Top Tips

  • You should clean out your stove or fireplace after every fire you burn using smokeless fuel.
  • Spread a layer of coals across the bottom of the stove or fireplace and make a small space in the middle of them to put your firelighter.
  • Stack kindling in a pyramid formation for maximum airflow around each piece and also maximum surface area exposed to the flames from the firelighter. This will get the fire burning much faster.
  • Make sure that the vents in your stove are open, to allow air to be sucked up into the stove, creating more flames and more heat, more quickly. Air is vital to starting and maintaining a fire.
  • Once the kindling is completely alight, add more coals. Don't overload the stove or your fireplace, however, as this can hinder the fire's progress.
  • Solid fuel fires last around 5 hours, which is much longer than wood fires. For overnight burning, you should choose smokeless fuels.