How to Safely Light A Fire This Winter In A Fireplace or Wood Heater

Getting Started
A home fire can be one of the highlights of winter. Keeping warm by a fire can be a comforting and cozy experience. Getting the fire started can be the biggest challenge. We suggest that you get some handy tools and materials to help make it easier every time.

Tools and Materials:

  • Firelighters
  • Kindling
  • Firewood
  • Poker stick
  • Fire Starters  brush
  • Shovel and hearth


1. Prepare your fireplace
Your fireplace may already be clean, but if it’s not, you’ll need to clean out any ash or coal before getting started. You should also open the flu, or vents to ensure there’s good airflow when the fire is lit.

2. Stack and light the kindling
Take six to eight pieces of kindling and stack them in a crosshatch style arrangement, by placing two pieces on the base of the fire vertically, and two pieces on top of those horizontally, repeating again.

Following fire starter product instructions, place firelighter bricks amongst the kindling. Using a gas lighter or matches, light the kindling and wait for it to become well alight. Wait a few minutes before adding the larger firewood pieces to your fire.

3. Add the firewood
Once the burning kindling settles, it’s time to add the first pieces of firewood. Place a few pieces of smaller firewood onto the kindling, being sure to allow space between them so air can circulate. Once these smaller pieces settle and are burning hot, it’s time to add larger logs. Again, be sure to allow good airflow between each log, to prevent smouldering and smoke. For best results ensure your wood is dry so that it lights well.

4. Relax and enjoy

Have Your Say
If you would like us to continue supplying the local community with low-cost, seasoned firewood – we need your support.

All it takes is a phone call, SMS or email to our local councillor Warren Wadell, 0411 668 328 email [email protected] with a brief mention of what it will mean to you if Taylor Firewood is forced to close due to regulatory changes.

Every single mention, no matter how small, will really help us to gain the required certification.

Taylor Tree Recycling
As part of our commitment to sustainable industry, we turn all tree waste into kindling, firewood, or valuable timber products.

Three generations of Taylor Firewood work together recycling tree logs from local tree loppers that would have otherwise gone to landfill. Instead, they are being repurposed to keep you warm this winter.

Taylor Tree recycling aims to provide a wide range of products from premium hard dried firewood to timber stools for around a firepit.

In celebration of National Tree Day, we will also be planting a tree on the last weekend in July to mark the occasion. Taylor Firewood is also available for bulk order deliveries. Please call to arrange.