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What is the best wood to use to build a fire in my fireplace?

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its not the wood...oak is one of the best and dont listen to the folks who say pine is ok...you need to size your wood from tinder to kindling to small logs to big pieces...you'll get the hang of it...common sense will play a big part... more
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Oak is good but make sure it's dry. Try starting the fire with some kindling such as dryer lint, scraps of dry twigs, dry grass and even some paper (careful the paper doesn't go airborn) , after this burns down your wood should catch. Place the kindling under your logs and while it burns it should then start burning your logs. The only wood I would not recommend is cedar. Cedar contains oils which makes it burn way too hot and the wood lacks density which causes pieces of the wood to burn quickly and "pop" and crackle with greater force than more denser wood such as oak. more
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It probably would have helped if you had some smaller pieces of kindling wood. See if you can find some sticks in the yard to put under the logs & try again tomorrow night. We use oak in our woodstove - hardwoods like oak or maple burn a long time. But for a fireplace, where you are using it primarily for looks and not for heat, then you want a faster burning wood like birch or popple/aspen. The flames will be bigger. Softwoods (pine, spruce) give off a lot of creosote, so you don't want to burn them too much. more
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do u know how to build a fire? you need to use kindling which is smaller/thinner pieces of wood that catch alight quickly(you can you just about any type of wood as long as its really dry and dead (not green). thick wood can take much longer to start burning so use thinner wood that will catch alight and to help light the thick wood even after the fire lighters go out. in your fire place put your fire lighters with kindling on top and one or 2 pieces of wood. use long matches or light a piece of kindling wood and light the fire lighters. instead of kindling you can also use very thick cardboard. make sure your wood is very dry so it lights well. more
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at our house we use ash trees and sometimes cedar. Whatever you do dont use pine, it makes everything inside your fireplace black and covers everything with soot. more
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