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BennyCake

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Lighting a home fire - advice welcome
« on: February 05, 2019, 01:16:50 PM »
Right, im wanting to go back to lighting the fire in the winter evenings. Sticks, turf and coal mainly.

Im going to need a grate and fire front obviously. Not sure whats the best types to buy. So hoping for some advice.

Anything else Id need to consider?

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Re: Lighting a home fire - advice welcome
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2019, 01:32:28 PM »
Would you consider a stove? Glass front, set into the recess where the open fire would be? We got one in a few years ago and it is the business, it throws out some heat, and if you load it right you don't even burn that much fuel.

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Re: Lighting a home fire - advice welcome
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2019, 01:40:11 PM »
Might consider a stove in future. have a few things needing doing first, so the fire grate will have to do for now.

Know people with stoves and they do throw out some heat.

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« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2019, 01:48:06 PM »
Get grate to fit your fireplace, nothing too low as you need air below to keep fire going on these long cold nights allowing for room for ashes, especially if burning high ash producing turf, timber etc. Don't allow new grate to protrude out too far which will smoke you out. Get matching front to match height of grate.

I leave a gap between grate and fire front to allow more air in, works a treat for our setup.

Be sure to have fireguard and fire companion set.
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Re: Lighting a home fire - advice welcome
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2019, 02:35:20 PM »
Get grate to fit your fireplace, nothing too low as you need air below to keep fire going on these long cold nights allowing for room for ashes, especially if burning high ash producing turf, timber etc. Don't allow new grate to protrude out too far which will smoke you out. Get matching front to match height of grate.

I leave a gap between grate and fire front to allow more air in, works a treat for our setup.

Be sure to have fireguard and fire companion set.

You'll need to measure your fire back, i.e the concrete thing at the back as they're different width's and depths.




Once you know that you can buy a suitable grate or fire basket

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Re: Lighting a home fire - advice welcome
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2019, 03:20:11 PM »


Once you know that you can buy a suitable grate or fire basket


Always stand upright for this.

The grate can appear great because you are on your knees.

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Re: Lighting a home fire - advice welcome
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2019, 03:22:02 PM »
Right, im wanting to go back to lighting the fire in the winter evenings. Sticks, turf and coal mainly.

Im going to need a grate and fire front obviously. Not sure whats the best types to buy. So hoping for some advice.

Anything else Id need to consider?

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Spent about 500 here getting all the gear, coal bunker, bags of coal, sticks, ash bucket, grate, coal scuttle.
Love an open fire. Some job of an evening, TV and a nice glass of vino beside a tight fire.

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Re: Lighting a home fire - advice welcome
« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2019, 07:32:04 PM »
Before any of that please get your chimney cleaned. Brother down the same as yourself and started lighting the fire after a few years of not doing it and nearly wiped the family out.

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Re: Lighting a home fire - advice welcome
« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2019, 11:41:49 PM »
Ignore all that advice. 8 rolled up papers. 8 sticks. A lock of firelighters. A lock of coal. Light it.
I wanna have my kicks before the whole shithouse goes up in flames.

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Re: Lighting a home fire - advice welcome
« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2019, 12:05:03 AM »
Ignore the fire lighter too, bad fumes. If it wont light, get a broadsheet (cover of newspaper like Irish Times) and cover the full mouth of the fireplace. Hold firmly on each side. The resultant suction will get the fire going but try not to let the paper get sucked in too much of it too will catch fire.

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Re: Lighting a home fire - advice welcome
« Reply #10 on: February 06, 2019, 12:06:08 PM »
Before any of that please get your chimney cleaned. Brother down the same as yourself and started lighting the fire after a few years of not doing it and nearly wiped the family out.

Yeah get a carbon monoxide alarm as well.

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Re: Lighting a home fire - advice welcome
« Reply #11 on: February 07, 2019, 10:50:16 AM »
make sure you have a chimney other know hole in the celing and toof to let the smoke our or just leave the door slightly ajar
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