Old 06-28-2010, 08:38 PM
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Default Re: creating draft on fire in oven

I am a big fan of top-lit fires, especially after doing a fair bit of experimentation with top-lit updraft stoves.

The top-lit fire has the bigger wood on the bottom, then smaller wood, then a layer of kindling, then tinder on top and a fire starter on top of that. It has two advantages:
1. Much less smoke
2. More heat with the same amount of fuel

The idea is that as the wood below heats, it gives off gases which are burnt as they pass through the flames above. So long as the fire is assembled well to begin with, it should burn on its own for long enough to heat the oven. When I have to add additional pieces of wood, I always place a smaller kindling-style piece on top of any larger piece.

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