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How to create the top-down method for starting a fire

Posted by Taylor Gathercole

For months now we've spoken of this wonderful method called "Top-Down", also known as the upside down fire and we thought it was about time we told you what it is all about and how to do it. 

Instantly you recognise this isn't no conventional way to start a fire, and it is certainly a little backwards looking but we're here to convince you just how amazing it is. 

To begin this method you need to start by placing 2 logs at the bottom as your base (or foundation)... I know I know, you're already thinking, how is this going to work? Just trust me.

This method will work on all fire appliances — Wood-burning stoves, open fire, fire pits, pizza oven and more.

The Top-Down Method for Starting A Fire | Kindwood | Sustainable Firewood

Once you've placed the two big logs at the bottom, if wish, you could place two smaller logs on top of those in the opposite direction, but you could simple go straight to building a jenga tower of kindling. Ideally 6-8 pieces of kindling.

Once you've done this, all you need to do is add a firelighter on top of the jenga tower of kindling. Just like the image below.
Place a Natural Firelighter on top of the Kindling - Kindwood
Now all you need to do is start the ignition process and watch the magic unfold...
Single match to light the Kindwood Natural Firelighter
This is where the magic happens, close the door and open the vents right up for maximum airflow, and you'll notice the kindling begin to catch light.
The Top-Down Method - How To Start a Fire - Kindwood
The science behind this method is quite simple, by having the fire (ignition point) at the highest point of the stove, any gases that are released will rise, and will be ignited due to a high flame. The beauty of this is it'll allow your flue to heat up much quicker, creating better draw and in the most amazing way you will not need to touch the fire for a while other than dampening down the vents around 10-15 minutes in. 
From then on, just add roughly 1 log an hour (if using a wood burning stove) to keep your fire going. Remember you added two logs in straight away, giving you a head start. 
Kindwood - Hessian Sack of Logs - Top-Down Method - Sustainable Firewood
What do you need to do this method?
6-8 Pieces of Kiln Dried Kindling
We'd love to know how you get on with this method? Feel free to comment, email or share on social media your results and opinion! 
Happy burning !!
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For months now we've spoken of this wonderful method called "Top-Down", also known as the upside down fire and we thought it was about time we told you what it is all about and how to do it. 

Instantly you recognise this isn't no conventional way to start a fire, and it is certainly a little backwards looking but we're here to convince you just how amazing it is. 

To begin this method you need to start by placing 2 logs at the bottom as your base (or foundation)... I know I know, you're already thinking, how is this going to work? Just trust me.

This method will work on all fire appliances — Wood-burning stoves, open fire, fire pits, pizza oven and more.

The Top-Down Method for Starting A Fire | Kindwood | Sustainable Firewood

Once you've placed the two big logs at the bottom, if wish, you could place two smaller logs on top of those in the opposite direction, but you could simple go straight to building a jenga tower of kindling. Ideally 6-8 pieces of kindling.

Once you've done this, all you need to do is add a firelighter on top of the jenga tower of kindling. Just like the image below.
Place a Natural Firelighter on top of the Kindling - Kindwood
Now all you need to do is start the ignition process and watch the magic unfold...
Single match to light the Kindwood Natural Firelighter
This is where the magic happens, close the door and open the vents right up for maximum airflow, and you'll notice the kindling begin to catch light.
The Top-Down Method - How To Start a Fire - Kindwood
The science behind this method is quite simple, by having the fire (ignition point) at the highest point of the stove, any gases that are released will rise, and will be ignited due to a high flame. The beauty of this is it'll allow your flue to heat up much quicker, creating better draw and in the most amazing way you will not need to touch the fire for a while other than dampening down the vents around 10-15 minutes in. 
From then on, just add roughly 1 log an hour (if using a wood burning stove) to keep your fire going. Remember you added two logs in straight away, giving you a head start. 
Kindwood - Hessian Sack of Logs - Top-Down Method - Sustainable Firewood
What do you need to do this method?
6-8 Pieces of Kiln Dried Kindling
We'd love to know how you get on with this method? Feel free to comment, email or share on social media your results and opinion! 
Happy burning !!
Read more

Waving Goodbye To Wet Wood and House Coal

Posted by Taylor Gathercole

It is with great pleasure we hear about the latest announcement from DEFRA who have stated they will phasing out both house coal and wet wood to cut pollution.

"Sales of two of the most polluting fuels, wet wood and house coal, will be phased out from 2021 to 2023, to give householders and suppliers time to move to cleaner alternatives such as dry wood and manufactured solid fuels." [1] 

An excellent step in the right direction towards regulating the solid fuel industry, and making it more accessible for consumers to ensure they're purchasing the safest and least polluting fuel for their home fires.

From the beginning, we implemented a sustainability strategy, which would fit the government's plans moving forward, and ultimately begin to raise the standard of solid fuel that is currently being produced.

This is why we make sure all our wood fuel is 20% or below moisture content, comes from ASNW or SSSI Woodlands within an 80-mile radius of production yard, using modern-day sustainable practices, processed using 100% renewable energy and kiln-dried using captured waste heat from an on-site biogas plant.

By moving towards the use of cleaner fuels such as dry wood (20% or below moisture content) we can all play a part in improving the health of millions of people, lessen the risk of house fires and improve the impacts on our environment.

Facts: 

  • Sales of all bagged traditional house will be phased out by February 2021
  • Sales of all loose coal direct to customers via approved coal merchants will end by February 2023
  • Sales of wet wood in units of under two cubic metres will be restricted from February 2021
  • Wet wood solid in larger volumes (more than 2 cubic metres) will need to show how to dry it before burning from this date
  • Manufacturers of solid fuels will also need to show they have a very low sulphur content and only emit a small amount of smoke

For the record, this is not a ban on wood-burning stoves or even open fires. This is the government finally putting regulations in place to make sure we're burning clean solid fuel. Something we believe should have happened many years ago.

We hope moving forward that Wood Sure, Ready To Burn Certification becomes mandatory for all solid fuel suppliers.  

Here are 5 steps for a cleaner greener burn:

1) Make sure you know where the wood is coming from and the supplier's practices to reduce CO2 in the distribution and processing.

2) Ensure your wood fuel is sustainably harvested so that woodland is maintained as a carbon store and renewable resource.

3) Dry, season and store your wood properly or buy seasoned timber that is ‘Ready to Burn’ to drastically reduce emissions of particulates during burning.

4) Use an efficient wood burner, ideally one that is 2022 ECO-DESIGN READY. These have enhanced efficiency and many are permitted for use in smoke control areas.

5) Service and clean your flue and burner regularly to maintain efficiency.

[1] https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/21/house-coal-and-wet-wood-to-be-phased-out-by-2023-to-cut-pollution?fbclid=IwAR2tDQEpwkUbigO-kLiL9eUiy4Y-SdY1sI-Z-aYalICZGud1KrkFfOOqHt4

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It is with great pleasure we hear about the latest announcement from DEFRA who have stated they will phasing out both house coal and wet wood to cut pollution.

"Sales of two of the most polluting fuels, wet wood and house coal, will be phased out from 2021 to 2023, to give householders and suppliers time to move to cleaner alternatives such as dry wood and manufactured solid fuels." [1] 

An excellent step in the right direction towards regulating the solid fuel industry, and making it more accessible for consumers to ensure they're purchasing the safest and least polluting fuel for their home fires.

From the beginning, we implemented a sustainability strategy, which would fit the government's plans moving forward, and ultimately begin to raise the standard of solid fuel that is currently being produced.

This is why we make sure all our wood fuel is 20% or below moisture content, comes from ASNW or SSSI Woodlands within an 80-mile radius of production yard, using modern-day sustainable practices, processed using 100% renewable energy and kiln-dried using captured waste heat from an on-site biogas plant.

By moving towards the use of cleaner fuels such as dry wood (20% or below moisture content) we can all play a part in improving the health of millions of people, lessen the risk of house fires and improve the impacts on our environment.

Facts: 

  • Sales of all bagged traditional house will be phased out by February 2021
  • Sales of all loose coal direct to customers via approved coal merchants will end by February 2023
  • Sales of wet wood in units of under two cubic metres will be restricted from February 2021
  • Wet wood solid in larger volumes (more than 2 cubic metres) will need to show how to dry it before burning from this date
  • Manufacturers of solid fuels will also need to show they have a very low sulphur content and only emit a small amount of smoke

For the record, this is not a ban on wood-burning stoves or even open fires. This is the government finally putting regulations in place to make sure we're burning clean solid fuel. Something we believe should have happened many years ago.

We hope moving forward that Wood Sure, Ready To Burn Certification becomes mandatory for all solid fuel suppliers.  

Here are 5 steps for a cleaner greener burn:

1) Make sure you know where the wood is coming from and the supplier's practices to reduce CO2 in the distribution and processing.

2) Ensure your wood fuel is sustainably harvested so that woodland is maintained as a carbon store and renewable resource.

3) Dry, season and store your wood properly or buy seasoned timber that is ‘Ready to Burn’ to drastically reduce emissions of particulates during burning.

4) Use an efficient wood burner, ideally one that is 2022 ECO-DESIGN READY. These have enhanced efficiency and many are permitted for use in smoke control areas.

5) Service and clean your flue and burner regularly to maintain efficiency.

[1] https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/21/house-coal-and-wet-wood-to-be-phased-out-by-2023-to-cut-pollution?fbclid=IwAR2tDQEpwkUbigO-kLiL9eUiy4Y-SdY1sI-Z-aYalICZGud1KrkFfOOqHt4

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