Starting a fire in a fireplace

Starting a fireplace fire can be a fun and enjoyable activity, but it is important to follow some basic safety guidelines to ensure a successful and safe fire-starting experience.


  • Make sure you have a sturdy and well-maintained fireplace and chimney. This includes checking for any blockages or damage and having it cleaned regularly.
  • Use dry, seasoned wood for your fire. Freshly cut wood or damp wood will not burn well and can create more smoke.
  • Use kindling and small twigs to help get the fire started. You can also use newspaper or fire starter logs to help ignite the kindling.
  • Place the kindling in the center of the fireplace and build the fire slowly, adding larger logs as the fire grows.
  • Use a fireplace screen to keep embers and sparks from escaping the fireplace and potentially starting a fire.


  • Do not use accelerants like gasoline or lighter fluid to start the fire. These can be dangerous and can create a fire hazard.
  • Do not burn anything other than wood in your fireplace. This includes trash, paper products, or other materials that are not meant to be burned.
  • Do not leave a fire unattended. Make sure to keep an eye on the fire at all times and extinguish it before you go to bed or leave the house.
  • Do not allow the fire to get too large or out of control. Keep the fire small and contained to prevent it from spreading.

By following these simple dos and don’ts, you can have a safe and enjoyable experience starting a fireplace fire. Just remember to use caution and common sense, and you’ll be well on your way to a warm and cozy fire in no time.