Smurf's gone to the other side and taken up smoking as well.
Well, not quite...
My new house has a wood heater. Now, politics of heating aside (don't mention the war ), I just want to know how to get the damn thing going.
Thankfully I haven't needed to use it yet, but I thought I'd have a go at getting it going before it's 10 degrees and I'm actually needing it to work. Not much success so far, 4 attempts at fire lighting and I've managed to smoulder away two and a half small logs. Lots of smoke everywhere but no real fire.
Flue has been cleaned so that's not the problem. I chucked some cardboard in and that burnt pretty well so the air must be getting in OK (yes I've had it fully open).
So presumably I'm not going the right way about lighting it. Either that or the wood (which is dry not green) is no good for some reason (it's from a wattle tree I cut down a couple of years ago - yes it's been split). Is wattle no good for burning and hard to light?
Thankfully the house does have a heater from the other side, but that's only minimum size (3.5kW) so I'll need to use the fire when it's really cold.
Anyone got a foolproof fire lighting method before I freeze or choke on the smoke? Or is the problem with the type of wood?
I never had a problem with the old pot belly stove I once had, but this fancy fire I have now doesn't have a grate with air rushing through it to fan the flames.