How to Light a Coal Fire

If you have stumbled upon this blog, it is very likely that you are looking to purchase some coal- however if you are a first time buyer, you may find that you struggle to light your newly purchased coal inside the home. Thankfully, the team here at Quality Coal have put together a step by step guide to help you safely light a coal fire…

  1. The biggest secret to every successful coal fire is a small combustion chamber that allows the fire itself to take hold and reach the necessary temperatures quickly. Begin the process by taking a clean fire grate, adding two firelights in a V position and placing them against the back of the appliance wall.


  1. Next, build the combustion chamber mentioned above by adding two pieces of kindling on top of one another. You should also add six or seven more pieces of the kindling and position them at right angles against the centre of the chamber. Ensure that you are still able to reach the firelighters with a match.


  1. After this, light the firelighters and then add more kindling to fill in the gap created. Finally, add a generous amount of your coal on the top of the pile, particularly paying close attention to the burning kindling.


  1. If you have chosen to start your coal fire in a closed appliance, it is recommended that you leave the door open ever so slightly to ensure that air is able to flow into the fire and thus keep it burning for several hours. Once the fire is strong and established, you may close this door and completely open the vent to ensure all harmful gases are released.

Now you know how to safely light a coal fire, it’s time to purchase your fuel! Get in contact with the team here at Quality Coal today to find out more information! As the best coal merchants in Manchester, we’re always on hand to help!

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