A guide to firing up your fire pit

What fuel should I use in my fire pit?

We’re often asked what do we recommend in terms of fuel for your fire pit. It’s surprising how much good quality fuel can make a difference to your fire, whether its for warmth or cooking. Carry on reading below to find out more on what fuel you should use and how to light your fire pit.

Good quality, dry firewood

The most common and right assumption is firewood. To avoid lots of smoke and also get the maximum heat from your fire, it is important to use only dry, quality firewood. We would recommend using Kiln Dried Logs which you can source locally or online, we supply Kiln Dried Logs, from a local supplier, Certainly Wood. The beauty of kiln dried logs is their moisture content is usually below 20%, meaning they require no further seasoning and can be used straight away in your fire pit. Another benefit is their consistency, due to the kiln drying process.

Best firewood species to use in your fire pit

We’d recommend using hardwoods, such as oak, ash and beech which are best for heat when cooking and will provide a long burn and flavour. If you’re looking to add a little more flavour, Apple wood provides a fantastic flavour or why not try adding a little hickory at the end of cooking for a smokey taste.

Pure hardwood charcoal

Charcoal is a great fuel to use when cooking on one of our handcrafted fire pits. We supply a Herefordshire Hardwood Charcoal from a local supplier, Birchwood Forestry. Charcoal provides a less smokey alternative to wood and can reach and retain high temperatures, for long periods. 

How to light your fire pit

We’re often asked how best to light a fire pit and it really is easy, 9 times out of 10 problems occur when you are not using dry, quality fuel. 

What you’ll need to light a fire:

  • Kiln Dried Logs or dry seasoned logs, with below 20% moisture content

  • Kindling sticks

  • Natural firelighters - stay clear of the traditional paraffin blocks

  • Matches

  • Gloves - heat resistant, in case you need to move your grill or fire pit.

  • Optional - a poker and if you’re cooking a leather apron.

  1. Place 6-8 kindling stocks in your fire pit, stacked like a Jenga tower. Place a natural firelighter in the middle of the tower and lie a few small logs at an angle across the kindling.

  2. Light the firelighter and leave for a few minutes, until it is burning well.

  3. Add 2-3 more logs to your fire and leave again - when adding more logs ensure plenty of air gaps to ensure good airflow.

  4. Continue to add more logs until the fire has a good base of heat

  5. If you’re planning on cooking wait until the logs start to turn white. When they do, your fire pit is ready to start cooking on. Our stainless steel grills sit directly on the rim of our fire pits and are designed to take the heat of your fire and weight of any cooking pans.

Natalie Sadler