How to Start a Fire Without a Starter Log

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Whether you are in the middle of the woods or settled in your home on a cold winter's night, fires can be a great source of heat and light. To get a fire started, the simplest and easiest way is to use a starter log. But if you happen to be stuck without one of these convenient devices, it is not the end of the world. You can still construct a roaring fire in no time.

Things You'll Need

  • Firewood
  • Newspaper
  • Kindling
  • Matches
  • Place two pieces of firewood in a cleared area or fireplace, away from any flammable objects. Position the pieces of firewood parallel to each other and 4 to 5 inches apart.

  • Crumple five or six pages of newspaper into compact balls and insert them between the two pieces of firewood.

  • On top of the newspaper, fill the remainder of the space between the firewood with kindling, or small dry pieces of wood.

  • Use a match to light the newspaper in several places, being careful not to burn yourself.

  • Once the newspaper and kindling have started to burn, add more firewood as needed to keep the fire going.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you have trouble lighting the newspaper and kindling, lightly blow on the flames. This helps air reach the fire, which will keep it burning.
  • Fires can be dangerous, so keep a fire extinguisher or a bucket of water nearby in case the flames get out of control.

References

  • Photo Credit Flame of a fire and fire wood in fireplace image by Aliaksandr Zabudzko from Fotolia.com
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