If you are an expert at how to start and maintain a wood fire and are a wizard at choosing the right sized log for your freestanding or inbuilt wood heater, then the next step to master is how to keep your fire burning all night long. If you are ready to take your mastery of wood heating to the next level, the following three steps will help you to keep your fire burning all night long and make sure you wake up as warm and toasty as you felt when you went to bed.
1. Load the logs
Gently and carefully rake any coals towards the front of your fire using the shovel from your fire accessories tool kit. Using quality Australian wood, select large logs that are the maximum size for your fire. For example, if you have a freestanding wood heater, such as the Ultimate Radiant Heater, choose logs up to 350 mm. If you have a larger model, such as an Ultimate Supreme inbuilt wood heater, then choose logs up to 550 mm.
With your fire tongs and poker, carefully place the logs towards the back of your wood burning heater. Place a few small sticks along the logs, resting one end in the coals at the front of the heater to help the larger logs ignite.
2. Use the air inlets
In order to burn all night, you will need to make sure there is enough oxygen in your wood burning heater. Open the air inlets on your wood burning heater, to the maximum intake, for 10 - 30 minutes. Once your large logs have formed a black ash around the bark, slowly begin to close the air inlet. Do not close the inlet all the way, or your fire will have no oxygen during the night.
Don't forget, you should never leave your fire unattended when the air inlet is fully open.
3. Remove the ashes in the morning.
As part of your regular fire safety and maintenance routine, use the shovel from your accessories to remove any ashes in the morning. Dispose of the ashes safely.