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How to Light Solid Fuel

Through years of experience, we have come up with what we believe to be the best way to start your fire time and time again.

Watch our handy video below for a step by step guide on how to light solid fuel.

How to Light Solid Fuel

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Video Transcript

Welcome to HouseFuel, the UK’s fastest growing coal merchant.

One of the most common questions we are asked is ‘what is the best way to light a fire?’ After years of experience, we have come up with what we believe to be the best way to start your appliance time and time again.

To begin with, make sure that the grate has been cleaned from its previous use. Having any left over ash in the appliance, restricts air flow and hinders your new fire from establishing.

Once cleaned, place two HouseFuel firelighters against the back wall of the appliance. Our firelighters have been specifically selected as they provide fast and reliable ignition for a range of appliances. They are the perfect complimentary product for our range.

Now, place several pieces of seasoned kindling around the firelighters so they are positioned in a small chamber. Leave a small space for a match to light these later.

Once the kindling is in place, use a match to light the firelighters in the heart of the chamber.

When the kindling has ignited and not relying on the firelighters, begin to add either your HouseFuel Smokeless Ovals or House Coal, depending on your requirements. The hard wearing bags that we put our fuel in, make them easy to move and ensure there is no mess. Be careful at this point not to smother the fire, only adding a few pieces at a time.

If you are using a closed appliance such as a multi-fuel stove, open the door and air vents to promote good air flow. This will help the oxygen to circulate and establish the fire.

Once the fuel has taken, these vents can be closed to the level you wish to manage the burn rate.

It is always a good idea to place a fireguard in front of an open fire.

Now simply sit back and enjoy your fire and the excellent products in our HouseFuel range.

For further information on our solid fuel or other products in the HouseFuel range, including kindling and firelighters, visit or contact us on the number shown.

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