Tip from my mom. . .

This isn't a very pretty picture but it is something I find myself doing and I picked it up from my mother. All week long she would throw paper things in the fireplace that would normally go in the trash. Then, when it was time to start a fire, it was easy to get it going without hunting for papers, etc.
I've read about making fire starters with egg cartons...... the following link contains a few suggestions for homemade fire starters from Good Sam Camping Club: http://www.lovetheoutdoors.com/camping/Tips/firestarters.htm


  1. That could cause some problems.

    I remember when I went out to visit my sister in Maine and we had a group of people over for pizza. We all tossed our empty paper plates into the fire in the fireplace and within about 5 minutes the house began filling with black smoke, burning our eyes and running everyone outside in the cold.

    My brother-in-law got a ladder, climbed up on the roof to check the flu and discovered some of the paper plates had gone up the chimney with the heat and smoke. They lodged in the top of the flu and blocked off the airflow. Be careful of what you burn in your fireplace.

    Just like in the old John Wayne movies, if you want everybody outside, just cover up their flu pipe and wait.

  2. Thanks for the comment. You are probably right. I remember the time Mom tried to burn the Christmas tree in the fireplace. I understand the term "roaring fire."