Building a rip-roaring fire isn’t always as easy as it seems in movies, video games, and television. While some people have scouting or camping experience to draw on when it comes time to use firewood, the rest of us aren’t so lucky. Follow these fire-starting basics when lighting your next campfire in Carney, and get started right by contacting Lehnhoff’s Supply for firewood delivery.
Firewood Basics: Get Sparks Started Using Tinder
When building a fire, the general strategy is to light the smaller, fast-burning material and transition to larger, slower, more steady-burning fuel. Tinder is the first step. Tinder is any number of materials that consist of small pieces that catch fire and burn quickly, including leaves, dry grass, newspaper, and shredded bark. Make sure to have the rest of your fuel stacked and ready to ignite before you light your tinder!
Use Kindling to Ignite Firewood
Kindling is what you use to transition the flames from tinder to firewood. Kindling is material that burns a bit more slowly than tinder, but that is larger and thicker. Twigs or thick bark make excellent kindling, and many people suggest choosing pieces that are no thicker than your thumb. When igniting kindling from tinder, one strategy involves lighting the pieces from smallest to largest. Start with small twigs, then light larger sticks, then ignite your primary fuel. Choosing kindling that is too thick or hard to light can result in your flame going out, so go slowly and choose the right materials.
Firewood is the Main Fuel for Your Wood Fire
Once you have gotten smaller twigs and sticks to ignite and burn, you can start to light your larger pieces of firewood. Firewood, particularly hardwood, is the key to a slow, steady, long-lasting heat source. Use seasoned wood (that is, wood that has been dried and has a low moisture content) and follow all firewood safety best practices. Start your next campfire with tinder, kindling, and firewood from Lehnhoff’s Supply!
Questions? Lehnhoff’s Supply is Here to Help
If you still have more questions about how to best prepare your landscape or garden for summer and fall, the trained professionals at Lehnhoff’s Supply are here to help you. Find us at 2708 Belair Road, Fallston, MD 21047 and give us a call at 410-510-7646. For tips, tricks, and to see what we have been up to, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!
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