upside down fire in fireplace

It’s how fires are built, right? Over many years of camping I have built hundreds of fires. Ok, I knew this was a spoof and I would end up with a smoldering mess. Prevents cold air coming down the chimney. Now I have a perfect excuse to build a fire in the name of science. Packed as much wood in as it could hold. Even I couldn’t believe this one until I tried it. Good times! If you would like to share the article you can do 2 things: Then, as the wood doesn’t have any of the gas materials left in it, the charcoal ignites. Ambergreen45. Trust the laws of physics, and light your fire. I converted mine to wood-burning long ago, and will never go back! Kindling underneath all the trees just burns quick and does nothing much to older trees. Who’s the boss now! One of the highlights of this was testing out an alternative fire building method in our back patio firepit. This is amazing. Leo Babauta on Zen Habits, Antifragility, Contentment, and Unschooling (#488). we'll let check this out. the great thing is also that it produces much less smoke. But it’s best to separate them slightly as when they’re packed together (as they are when you buy them) they really struggle to get going. I will keep you all posted once I start working on it. Okay,soo,..this may be a stupid question,but idc,.how do I send this article to someone? Simply sweep or vacuum the cold ashes and dispose of them outside. Earlier, before leaving for the trip, Larry and I we were caught jumping off the roofs of the camp cabins after being told not to. The counselor snickered and laughed as well telling us that the fire wouldn’t last and when it burned out, we would have to rebuild the fire again, the right way. Now I can get a fire going that runs for 2-3 hours and usually only needs a log turned towards the very end. I was taught to crumple some newspaper, cover it with kindling, then make a teepee out of logs over the kindling. report. It was still burning in the morning and cleanup was really easy. Discussion in 'Building' started by Ambergreen45, 15 Jun 2013. I would love to build a good burning fire that lasts all night. Lots of great stuff. Thanks Tim, good stuff! (Not that I was trying very often… I was convinced the design was just horrible, and the fireplace was useless). Okay, bad joke. Tried it last evening – produced a great fireplace fire. I have no need to poke and prod for hours! 2 comments. The upside-down fire produces and projects much more heat than a standard tipi fire. One reason they want to promote this method is that far fewer pollutants and fine particles (PM10) are given off. Efficiency, what would be nicer would a bulletproof method for starting a top-down fire in a 70-80% efficient (at turning wood into room heat) woodstove as opposed to a wasteful, 5-10% efficient open fireplace! Cool! Quick suggestion for those who live in conifer areas. Didn’t realize you were originally from Long Island, Tim. To make a successful upside-down fire, you’ll need firewood in several different sizes. Love this and ensures making fires is more of a pleasure than chore babysitting the initial flames. Wood stove enthusiasts actually favor the upside down fire building method as it tends to heat up the chimney pipe faster than a traditional fire and by doing so increases the stove’s efficiency. NB: The size of our fire place is literally no bigger than 2ft x 2ft x 1.5ft(tall) so I had to downside the setup. I noticed a mix of split logs and round logs. To learn the manliest of the manly arts, it took one of my most feminine readers, Marcie, who also happens to help moderate the forum. I don’t know if you allow URLs in your comments, but here is the wikipedia article on it. A Tried and True Pattern . I’m saddened by the predominance of gas log fireplaces in Atlanta. If one uses a Duraflame or other wax/sawdust log, would it go on the top, middle of bottom of the upside down stack? Wow, amazing. We got some great, hassle-free results from this that we wanted to share with you. It's quite simple. Normally I just select everything, paste it to a document and edit out the dross. Unfortunately, my neighbors light fires and the smoke is drawn in through the “fresh air intake” of MYregular home furnace. Cool trick. I think she’d be very impressed. Tim, I found a link to the brochure I mentioned. Being from Quebec, I’m always on the lookout for a better way to start a fire! This past weekend The Bug Out Bag Guide Family hosted a barbecue for some close friends. I agree with the first comment. How does one build an "Upside-Down" fire? Upside down fires also produce more heat than traditional fire-starting methods while greatly reducing the amount of smoke caused by the fire, which can be one of the more frustrating … Even though it took a few attempts, the good news is I was able to accomplish it while simultaneously achieving my goals of becoming conversationally fluent in Urdu in under 30 minutes while achieving a perfect 1,000-meter head shot with a .50 caliber sniper rifle from the back of a rutting cape buffalo! Depending on what tinder you chose you may need to blow gently to get the tinder going. This year’s one is on Sunday if anyone wants to come…. The platform part was very similar to yours. I love tips like this to get away from the hecticness of the busy day and ground me. Keep up the amazing trend. Standard fire-building lore would have you believe a great fire starts with a tipi of wood and pile of tinder under it. By the time you get to the top layer the wood should be of the smallest thickness you have, no bigger than a twig. . Great idea! Amazing how violently some people defend their conventions. I didn’t have any split logs, just whole logs & pine cones. The method is simplicity itself: do exactly the opposite of the tipi method. haha! Which brings me to my question. What do you think? As a boy scouts, I sometime made large fire making a small ‘tipi’ on top of a large “upside-down’ fire… then there is even no need for fire-starter other then some newspapers. Great one Timmo! That’s how I made campfires all my life. It has been selected for "Best of Apple Podcasts" three times, it is often the #1 interview podcast across all of Apple Podcasts, and it's been ranked #1 out of 400,000+ podcasts on many occasions. When the group got back, much to our chagrin, the fire was burning nicely and our joke was gone. I will certainly try this out. This thread is archived . everything burns so much better. The next 2 logs sit on top of the first 2. Instead of placing tinder at the bottom and building on top of the struggling fire… No ashes – this amazed me. But if you’re looking to build a clean-burning fire that lasts for hours, you might consider using the “upside down” fire lay. At 22.30 there were still embers, and I never never touched it!! I tried this in my fireplace yesterday. Will fit any shape of flue – round, square, rectangular or even triangular . With a good bed of coal you can: With a traditional fire you would need to set up your teepee or log cabin and as they got burning need to continually feed it larger and larger logs to get a nice bed of coals going. It looks like that you want to see and then this. If there’s a particular way you like to build a fire, by all means do it. Learn how your comment data is processed. Thought you might be interested in this amazing girl who doesn’t know the meaning of the word “can’t.”. Stack smaller logs on top. The upside-down fire produces and projects much more heat than a standard tipi fire. Now, I find that I am not too old to learn different, better methods! I’ve used the home-made camping stove referenced above. It works perfectly but it is important to have dry wood. Wow, the article was an exciting read and the comments were an awesome exchange of ideas, many thanks! If there’s a particular way you like to build a fire, by all means do it. Then you add larger pieces of wood on top of the kindling followed by even larger pieces of wood. May I present to you the Upside Down Fire: The Upside Down Fire Method. Obviously I am refering to the 5 skills (without the videos but with the pictures). I over thought it, of course, stressed about it, of course but it worked and actually gave me more manly-man satisfaction than the usuall hours of fire tending and stoking. April 3, 2013. It burnt for 5 hours and the only time I had a problem was when I added wood when I did not have to. Great post Tim! Using the Upside Down method, you’ll build your fire base in a log-cabin fashion. Best chimney blocking device on the market. No smoke or minimal smoke – this is related to the thermodynamics of the flue air being heated faster, based on explanations I’ve read. I’ll definitely have to try this new fire starting method, even though it appears counter intuitive. It’s great to pass on useful stuff, but at least try to give your sources. Now you are going to start adding on the smaller wood that you have, kindling that is thinner than your pinky. p.s. The charcoal keeps the next layer heated up so *it* produces wood gas and slowly turns to charcoal, and on and on. (Btw,I’m still new to this ‘prepper lifestyle’-but I am wishing I had been exposed to it,years ago…but now’s as good as any to start learnin’ right? I own a Jotul woodstove which I use to heat my main 600 sq. Rather than place kindling on top, the whole pile is “wrapped” with leafy bamboo branches and everyone from the village stuffs in their old New Year cards and decorations. It was my job to tend that thing. An upside down fire is built in a layered fashion starting with tinder at the top and increasing in size all the way to large logs at its base. The upside down fire makes a dramatic difference in conventional fireplaces producing a long clean burn and will usually also solve any start-up smoking problems. I’m a convert! If you know Woods it called actually upside down fire. Set it up, go get your food ready and then come back to a nice bed of cooking coals! Gotta keep in mind this concept. The next layer is finely (1″ square, 12″ length) split dry wood, and then large (3″ diameter split) pieces surrounding (yes yes, split wood is squarish, not roundish, so it doesn’t technically have a “diameter,” but you get the idea). I am going to build the upside-down fire the next time I go camping. Another advantage to this setup is that if your kindling goes out, you are resetting on top of the pile rather than beneath. Once again build 1-3 layers of small fuel wood up with each being perpendicular to the last layer and slightly smaller thickness. Who would have ever thought we’d be getting THIS kind of great advice from Tim. I have a buckstove that, when run for several hours, will elevate the temperature of my entire house (it has a cold outside air intake close to the firebox). A fireplace fire operates differently than your typical campfire, so it makes sense that building one should require a few tweaks to your standard procedure. With linear fireplaces… First picture: In NARROW fire-places place the wood with the cut (open) side to the front. (Don’t poke the fire – resist the urge – it’s a lot less messy leaving it alone!). No paper at all. save. The fire never burned out and only got stronger and stronger, every time either Larry or myself woke up during the night to check on the fire, it was still burning strong. Typically, when building a fire you start out with a hand full of crumpled up newspaper and place it under small pieces of kindling. You take four smaller pieces of wood which you stack with some space in the middle. Being someone who grew up in a cold climate (Northern Michigan) I have spent my last 5 years trying to avoid cold weather. With appliances now being more efficient not as much heat is lost up the chimney and more radiated into the room. Looking from above they make a #. built in a layered fashion starting with tinder at the top and increasing in size all the way to large logs at its base Would we just have to wait until it’s completely out and then rebuild and light the whole thing again? Good stuff, thanks again to Tim for putting it in the mainstream! wind). It is a great tool to add to any fire building arsenal and I think you will be impressed with the results. I feel like a “Prodigy”, get it – Firestarter! 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 … Stil, more than enough time for a romantic evening without interruptions. So, now you know how you build your own upside down fire. I had to try it again, this time with an audience. Well done sir, looking forward to another year of great posts. Don’t let fire tending turn into another full-time job. Have fun and thanks for adding to the conversation! The open door creates a vacuum of air up the chimney – or in our case, woodstove – that flushes all possible smoke out that way, rather than being pushed back down into the room by cold air stuck in the flu. Just curious. A bit of sake to bless the New Year and then it’s beer and barbecue for the rest of the day. Take everything you have learned about fire making and well...turn it upside down. This apparently did not affect the results. It works but I’ve found out a couple of things while experimenting (I’m an engineer and pyromaniac I can’t help it). To point out what Victor mentioned: “When we went to cut our tree at Christmas, the local forestry department in Zürich was giving out a brochure which described exactly this. With indoor fires, it’s especially important to start with well-seasoned wood that won’t smoke you out of your living room. But if fire can get hot enough to reach the crowns of the trees, then it’s an entirely different story, and can get as hot as 1000 degrees F with the right wind conditions. There’s not much room in the firebox for a large stack of wood as you have shown. I have a very finicky fireplace in my house, and I could not get the smoke to go UP the chimney for 2 years. Thanks! Light the fire from the top, and enjoy fuss-free flames all night. I only had to mess with it at the very end to bring the final 2 logs together. It burned GREAT for over 8 hours… no poking and turning the wood freed me up to drink more beer and goof off. That’s how we’re gonna Thanks for sharing, that is a very useful tip for everybody who has a fireplace at home (like me ). The fireplace guy right on target. (An agricultural experiment station did that research. Building an upside down fire, whether you’re camping or using the fire in your home fireplace, will change how you view starting fires. 1) Put the largest logs at the bottom, ensuring there is no space at all between them. Please let us know in the Comments Section below what you thought about this fire building method or if you have any tips or tricks to getting it to work better! Yesterday’s blog was humorous. Thanks! Is there another way to build this fire without the starter logs? The tinder burns in a flash and the sticks never catch fire. Since 99% of the fires used in Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are for individual cooking fires (Teepee for a quick boil or Log Cabin for frying), yes, they teach ways that burn out quick and are easy to extinguish. I have been looking into publishing an Ebook that encompasses many of the subjects I have written on including the survival skills you mention. Am I overlookjng some sodt of “share” button/feature? While my wood stove is large enough to keep a fire going most of the night, it does nearly go out by time to get up in the early morning, leaving only coals and a chilly house. Ceremonial campfires may be needed to provide light for ninety minutes or more. It’s soo much better to do almost the exact opposite of everybody else. I think I will write a post on my blog (in italian language) about this, of course whith a linkback to this one. 5 hours later after returning from a night out I was shocked to find most of the wood had been consumed and the house was nice and toasty. This lasts for a euphoric five minutes. Build an Upside Down Fire. I follow the same process whether the fire is housed in a freshly-dug fire pit, an established ring (as pictured) or even in my Snow Peak Pack-n-Carry Fireplace. This method changed my life. Can this method be scaled-down to a smaller stove area? That floored us. But I do like camping or sitting around a good campfire just about any time of year. One of the biggest advantages of using this fire building method is that as a layer burns it progressively ignites the larger layer below it. Napoleon on News and Information Management (Plus: Video on Outsourcing E-mail and More),, All transcripts from The Tim Ferriss Show,,, How to Build an Upside-Down Fire: The Only Fireplace Method You’ll Ever Need. How It Works. That is genius and exactly what I expect from you and this site. . Northern Switzerland suffers from inversion layers in the winter and the “normal” wood fire don’t help the smog situation.”, This is awesome info. This alludes to one potential drawback: you must start with a substantial amount of wood. One reason they want to promote this method is that far fewer pollutants and fine particles (PM10) are given off. As it is self feeding you will be able to build it before bed, light it, and then keep warm without having to climb out of your sleeping bag or shelter. i can finally throw my poker in the garbage! Then you can rake the coals/embers either one way or the other to make hotter areas between the logs so that you can simmer on one side and boil on the other. Hold the Chimella by the handle, point it up your open chimney with your thumb over the open/close button. It freaking works better than described. 18min worth watching all the way through. Off course not as romantic, but you get models with larger windows as well. As punishment we were put on fire duty. Starts with jokes against those who try a different way, then it becomes argument, and then violence. This makes sense for an indoor fire, particular using well-seasoned shingles and long-burning fire sticks on top to generate embers. Thanks Wow – definitely going to give this a try! I appreciate the comment, but I did pass on my source: one of the readers of this blog, Marcie. What I learned from my test run, is that there are several advantages that an upside down fire brings to the table. Simple is so much better in everything. Not really usefull for the daily barbecue where a volcano (aka chimney) works wonder (see pics and how to in French on ). Stick to the same method of laying each layer down crosswise across the layer below it to allow proper air flow. The best light-off material for the topmost layer is cedar shavings, but a bit of newspaper will do. Comment Rules: Remember what Fonzie was like? Standard fire-building lore would have you believe a great fire starts with a tipi of wood and pile of tinder under it. The best way to do something that is often counter-intuitive. -organizing an office space (to compliment your chair of course), -How to lead &/or motivate team-mates / coworkers, -Quickly studying & retaining large amounts of info (language vocab, math equations, random facts or history). Get … In other words, once an upside down fire is lit it will burn by itself for hours. For added pop, drip some candle wax on the cones before you use them. At the end of this article you will know how to build an upside down fire on your own! The most common mistake in building up the top-burn fire is not graduating to fine enough kindling. The idea behind this approach is that embers will drop onto the logs below, allowing the fire to burn a bit longer. Here’s what it looks like in photos, which you can scan through quickly, taken here at Christmas 2008 at home on Long Island. But you may want to keep a few ashes around to help build a fire in your fireplace. I’d heard about the upside-down fire, but the method you describe is a pure, Platonic form I hadn’t heard described before. Start off by stacking your large fuel logs on the bottom of the fire grate. I agree with the ‘critical mass’ comment. A little research caused me to learn that the smoke from a fire is more damaging to the lungs of me and mine than tobacco smoke. It was amazing to see each layer drop on to the next, just when I was ready to proclaim the fire ” was going out” it would catch and flare back up. Love this idea for heating in a wood stove, and can see why/how people who heat with wood would love this method for building a fire for overnight heat. Other advantages include emitting an enormous amount of heat since the hot coals on top of the fire rather than being buried underneath. My name is Chris and I created this site to help ordinary people prepare for the uncertainties of the modern day world. Being self feeding makes an upside down fire an excellent choice if you want to keep a heat source burning through a long, cold night. Great tutorial! Simply enter the recipient’s email address as you normally would and send it off! It also seems to position the split face of a log toward the flames, because the fibers of the wood are exposed, leaving more surface area to catch fire. Also, there was almost no smoke back-draft and house kinda smelled like Cracker Barrel. What's the difference between them? I can get a solid hour out of a medium-large coffee can full of wood pieces no bigger than my thumb, and you’re left with a tiny bit of white ash at the end. No management – once it in process, assuming you don’t have gaps between logs, it will burn beautifully for 3-7 hours, depending on the amount of wood used. (We were all Bronx and upper Manhattan kids). Read Woodcraft and Camping by “Nessmuk” George W. Sears for more on this style of building and cooking fire. Looks like a fantastic way to build a fire, am definately going to give this method a try next winter, nothing worse than keep having to get up off the sofa to put more logs on the fire! The newspaper is lit, and the fire slowly burns down to the large logs below. Good stuff as always Tim! My understanding was that the tipi method was used to get the fire started (thus the high allowance for airflow). My first try, yasterday, was a great success: I have a closed type fireplace (with a glass door). When it came time to build the fire, I suggested my way and everyone in the group made fun of me. A lifetime lesson well received! Mother Earth News was only moderately helpful on this. I think I’m going to try this tomorrow. The largest, longest pieces of wood should be placed on the floor of the fireplace to form a base for the fire. These fire building methods have served me well and I have enjoyed many a meal and evening sitting around their warm glow. I am burning red oak and I built the fire right on the floor of the fireplace, no grate. It can be a great option for many applications: Yes! As any real estate agent will tell you, we humans love a good fireplace. You are going to use large fuel wood for this layer, larger than your thumb. I love her to death but shes got me chasing her everywhere! Share this post . Regards. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! It’s the unfortunate way of the world. But it would be nice to have as a pdf. Worked like a charm the first try! The great thing about this post is that it not only flies in the face of conventional wisdom, and what every good boy scout is taught, but that the answer (better solution) was right there in front of our faces for so very long. No backdraft smoke into the house. Lay this wood in the opposite direction to the logs below it and allow space between each piece for air to flow. ELI5: Why do you build a fire in a fireplace upside down? The upside down fire does this automatically with the same amount of wood but far less active management. Add 3-5 layers of this if you have enough to do so. they tend to do this over a shorter period of time and require that a fire tender monitors the burn rate and add more fuel and eventually place logs onto the fire. Smoke is minimized in this formation because there’s nothing on top of the flames; that is to say, nothing is undergoing the smoky partial combustion inherent in a regular fire. It does take a little practice to get right and you do have to use dry firewood to make it successful. If your chimney is built on the outside of your house, the chimney flue is probably … Far more than our normal method and even better than those times when we cheat and use a whole ‘3-hr log’ surrounded by cut logs to get a big fire quickly. Build an Upside Down Fire. be — cool. GOt to be tried though I think! I had to add small pieces of wood on top in order to build up enough embers. Anyway, I scored some brownie points with this upside fire technique, thanks! Logs would have some gaps anyway because of their natural irregular shape. Hey, we were city kids. But slightly different. So if you don’t have fire starter squares, maybe put a small tipi on top of the upside down tipi? Every still laughed at and joked at how the fire looked like a burning tenement. I too fancy myself a skilled fire maker, which came in handy for some great omelets cooked over an open fire a few weeks ago after camp stove failure. Therefore, it can burn by itself for several hours, which is perfect for when you want to just sit and relax with your friends as you won’t have to keep tending to it. No, the same method works great for a survival situation — just scaled down. It breeds trust. I started the cube at 15.30, closed the door and… it just burned all alone till evening! It’s been 1 hour and 10 minutes of continuous burn and I haven’t done anything but light the match. Where were you 25 years ago, when I had to make fires everyday for our wood burning stove to kept our house warm? You would have to pile up a nights worth of wood. Choosing and adding your tinder is a crucial last step. With the upside-down fire technique you build your fire from the base up before you light it, not only that, but you start with the biggest logs at the bottom, then some smaller logs and then the kindling on top. Awesome, awesome, awesome is all i can say! Love the book, and recommend it to others often. The first thing you need to know is … When you’re done you probably create a total of 3 or 4 levels with a lot of twisted newspaper in the middle. The goal is to create embers that then fall to the layer below, which is why there cannot by any spaces between logs. I have the same gripe that everyone else has about the teepee fire–you are tending it constantly after a great 20 minute burn. 3. Following lighting, I wouldn’t touch it again for about three hours: The second successful experiment, with about 50% less wood and almost equal burn time: Much more heat – Once it’s about 3/4 through the shingle wood — in my example sequence above — it will start to give off a LOT of heat. ideas that can help people around the world live a higher quality life; it is very important to find ways to get back to the basics and get their mind to slow down. This brightly burning fire makes it less likely that the fireplace will smoke as it heats the chimney without the interference of loads of wood resting on top of it. Here are some suggestions for kindling that have worked well for me in the past: Shelter your match and tinder from any wind (If you are lighting your fire with an EverStryke Match, you don’t need to worry about this) and get that fire started. We recently learned what we’ve concluded is the absolute best way to build a fire in a wood-burning stove. The small kindling or starter material burns very quickly. The wood was even slightly damp! How to start a Upside Down Fire in an Outdoor Fire Pit YouTube Historical fire pits were sometimes constructed in the floor, within caves, or at the middle of a hut or home. I don’t know where you get all these “how to” ‘s, but every time I get sucked into them. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites. Its cold, windy and snowing like crazy here on Long Island and here I am in front of my upside down fire drinking an ice cold corona eating chips and salsa with my kids! I won’t get 6-7 hours, but my fireplace is small compared to your examples. Of course I had to go and move to Florida, where this will rarely be needed, and I don’t think they even have fireplaces down here . Smoke comes from incomplete combustion, which is what you’ll get when you have a flame struggling under a heavy pile of wood. This is a head-slap ‘doh!’ moment for me. The upside down fire is totally the way to go. They burn like half a box of matches for quite awhile. OK, I admit it. A beautiful, slow burn to the bottom logs and created incredible heat. It is great for Dutch oven cooking. I never would have guessed that log on bottom and kindling on top would have ever started a fire. Bricks upside down in Fireplace. In a top-down fire, the larger logs are placed on the bottom, with progressively smaller logs, kindling and then newspaper added on top. This is one cool way to heat up the house and save on propane. Just put it to the test in the mountains of Vermont. Didn’t expect to be reading about fire-starting in the reader this morning . 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