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Who can resist the sound of a crackling hearth – the creaks and groans of a warming boiler on a cold day is a welcome relief, but it’s not a beautiful sound like a real fire makes. Building a fire on a winter’s evening, maintaining it through the cold night or reviving it on an icy morning is as good a way as any to make the winter that a little bit more romantic and the preparation can bring the whole family together.

Some people think a traditional fire is too much like hard work after a busy day, which is true insofar as it’s not heat that can be turned on at the flick of a switch, but for some people that’s the point: splitting the logs, seasoning the wood, chopping the kindling – all this adds to the pleasure of owning a real fire.

A real fire is a sensory experience: the crack and hiss of the fuel, the scent of well-seasoned wood burning, the steady warmth and the rich glow at the heart of the room. To top it all off a traditional fire is sustainable. The right kind of wood burned in the right way will heat your room and not increase your gas bill.

A good fire depends on the quality and type of wood. Logs that have been split into length and left to season and dry over summer months are the best. The problem with freshly cut wood is the water content can be as high as 45% (it can be used) but could potentially damage your chimney liner and crack the stove.

Don’t forget to have your fire serviced regularly and your chimney swept