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Old 01-08-2013, 09:41 PM   #31
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Sameway but i wait for the small sticks to turn to charcoal and the start adding bigger sticks on top
Is the fire still going when the smaller stuff is charcoal?
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:48 PM   #32
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Is the fire still going when the smaller stuff is charcoal?
Yes by small stuff i mean still good sized chunks they are very hot and when i put bigger sticks on they smolder a few minutes and then catch fire and i wait until those burn up then add more. The coals can get very small and fully used up if you let them burn completly this lets me use the max out of each stick of wood. This is just my way im sure others have a diff technique.
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So I think Ive narrowed down my smoke prob to not properly building the fire,not getting it hot enough & causing excessive smoke.Whats everyones fire building method? A friend of mine takes a bunch of balled up newspaper then makes a tpee to go over that out of smaller kindling then goes over that with larger pieces.How do you do it?
Be sure to use properly seasoned wood, that is probably one of the most important factors. To build a fire, I split a log down to small pieces, probably 1"x 2" thickness, leaving them normal length. I lay the pieces in a criss-cross pattern as deep as the firebox allows, and simply put 2 of the small fire starters underneath the pile. With good firewood you should have a pile of very hot coals in about 20 mins.
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:03 AM   #34
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Well everyone.After several attempts,my last being the best but still some smoke I decided to have my chimney inspected since it hasent been used in quite some time.The guy said the chimney doesent stick out of the roof high enough & the cap is very short not allowing it to draft properly.Hopefully this will help,thanks
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Old 12-08-2013, 03:55 PM   #35
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Thought Id bring my thread back to life.So far this season,and the end of last season I have awesome fires with no smoke at all.I can plug my smoke detectors back in lol.
Ive got it mastered now.It was a combination of technique,knowing when to start adding bigger stuff,having my chimney raised & I think most importantly using one of those log holders/grates.thanks for all the input everyone.
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