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Upside Down Fire
The upside down fire technique rocks. It’s a cleaner burn with far less smoke and better combustion,
gives off more heat, needs
less tending and uses the embodied energy in wood more efficiently than the tipi-esque fire method.
Why it works:
Heat energy actually radiates equally in all directions from the point of combustion, not just upwards (it’s the displacement of gasses as they expand that sends hot air upwards,
not the actual heat energy itself). So once combustion of the top layer of your upside down fire occurs,
the heat energy is radiating down as much as it is up. This in turn means that the wood below the combustion material
is getting well heated before it catches fire, which in turn facilitates better and more complete combustion of the
wood below when it does catch fire. And more complete combustion means less smoke. More complete combustion also means
a hotter fire, which is usually the point of the exercise. And in turn better combustion also means better coals (the glowing red chunks)


Moisture level in wood

Freshly chopped wood can have up to 50% water content and should not be burned. you must let firewood season [dry], which allows the moisture to escape, the drier the wood, the cleaner the burn.wood below 20%, ideally 8-15% water content, its ready to burn. burning unseasoned or even partially seasoned wood in your log burner or fireplace will course creosote build-up in your chimney, which can lead to a chimney fire at the worst, and a lack of fire or a roomful of smoke at best in some cases.
so for £15-20 you can get your self a moisture tester on eBay because when you buy a ton of wood and the water content is 30-40% water you are not getting your ton of wood as well as the other problems it will course.
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