How to Stack Wood in a Fireplace

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Learn how to properly stack your firewood to help your fire last longer, plus expert tips on how to build a fire in a fireplace, in this free how-to video.

Part of the Video Series: How to Build a Fire in a Fireplace
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In order to build a good fire, you need to have plenty of heat built up inside your fireplace so that all the wood can ignite. If you have just a couple of chunks of really big chunks of wood, it is not really going to trap that heat inside the fireplace. Also you don't want to put a lot of real small pieces that are so tight together or perhaps a couple of big pieces that are so tight together that they can't get oxygen. So you will want to put your pieces in there. This piece actually is too big to maybe start the fire out with. I like to maybe start with some smaller pieces so I've got that one in the back that is pretty small, this one is pretty small. I don't want to stack the wood so tightly that it can't get oxygen in there so I am going to put this piece up here. Instead of mashing down there where it is all real tight, that may burn anyways. It is a little better if you stagger it just a big so that it has little pockets that air can get into and yet still this piece of wood is on top and it is going to lock that heat in there and allow the wood to get hot enough to really take off and burn very well.

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