How to build a fire in a fireplace and is it wrong to use newspaper?

fire burning in fireplace
How to build a fire is all about airflow and stacking your wood in the right way (Image credit: Getty)

Whether you have just fitted a new fireplace or have bought a house with one already in place, knowing how to build a fire well is vital if you want to make the very most of it.

Not only is a badly laid fire hard to light and get going, but it will also need constant attention in order to keep burning. A well set fire, on the other hand, will be easy to ignite and maintain, kicking out plenty of heat, bringing your fireplace ideas to life and making that stash of firewood you splashed out on a worthwhile investment. 

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.