How to start the fire in the oven or stove with less or no paper

I often heard people say “I am trying to be ecological. Instead of throwing out the paper, I burn it in the oven.” This is of course the worst example of ecology. We should not burn paper, but give it to recycling instead. If we burn paper, we produce CO2. But if paper is recycled, then it means less demand for more trees to be cut.

Of course. Some paper is necessary to start the fire. Traditionally though people used wood shavings. Nowadays you may not have time to make them or it might simply be not convenient. What are the options then?

Birch bark. You may find it in large quantities in places where birch forest was cut with harvester machine. Having birch bark at home helps to disinfect the air.

Hot coals. This is possible in larger homes with more than one oven. If you already had fire in other oven or stove. Take a metal shovel and carry some coals to the next. First put some firewood, then hot coals, then more firewood on top. Help the fire by blowing. Beware not to drop the coals on the floor. If you like alcohol, don’t use this method.

Cold coals. It is also possible to start the fire with cold coals. Use your hand to catch some coals from the ashes from previous burning. Using only a match might be too little, so a small piece of paper (A5 size) will help a lot. This method will require a lot of blowing. You have to blow as soon as the paper starts to burn to direct the flame on to the coals. 20161214_101459.jpg

So bring the paper to the blue (color may vary in different countries) container and enjoy the trees around.

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About Pavels Melnis

Independent ecology activist, family farmer, gardener and forestkeeper. Musician: violin, guitar, singing. Hobbies: traveling by bicycle, learning to play different music instruments - accordion, piano, recorder flute, harmonica, drums; languages, theology, prehistory, logbuilding, repairing and recycling. Religious. Ecological. Love all things ethnic and traditional.
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