Have you ever tried to start a cold wood stove when you got home from work between 5:00PM and

7:00PM on a winter evening?  If you have, you know what I know.

We start with the paper and kindling.  It starts to burn.  We close the wood stove door and smoke pours out of the fixed primary air inlet filling up our basement or first floor with smoke.  We open windows.  Put fans by the windows backwards to draw the smoke out of the house and either try again or give up.

This all occurred because we were novices.  Now we are experienced and know that it is the cold air coming down our 6 or 8 inch flue pipe or chimney like a river of cold air running as fast as rapids.

That cold air is dropping so fast it is literally pushing the smoke out of the primary fixed air hole that supplies oxygen to the fire under normal circumstance.

What needs to be done is to reverse the air flow of the chimney from down to up.  My son who owns a Quadrafire opens the front glass door and uses an 18” floor fan to push warm interior house air into the fire box and up the chimney for a minute or two before lighting the kindling.

Another method is to use a propane torch to reverse the air flow.  This can be VERY DANGEROUS if you are not experienced with this method.  The cold air drop can be strong enough to blow out the propane torch and then you are filling up the fire box with combustible propane gas.  So, better to use the fan method as outlined in the above paragraph.


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“The most tangible of all visible mysteries – Fire”.

-Leigh Hunt



In my case “I could not see the wood for the trees.”  These expressions pertain to someone who is too involved in the details of a problem to look at the situation as a whole.

I live in a forest called The Adirondack Park, a six million acre forest preserve with 2.6 million acres owned by the state of New York.  My town is called Ticonderoga, home of historical Fort Ticonderoga,

America’s Fort.  The town’s name is derived from the Iroquois Indian name “Chenderoga” – The Land Between Two Waters – the north end of 32 mile long Lake George and the south end of 128 mile long Lake Champlain.

Although there are over 2300 lakes and ponds within the 8000 miles of mountains and over 3000 miles of rivers, brooks, and streams, all I see is trees, trees and more trees of various varieties.  After living in the forest for 10 years off a private dirt road, ¼ mile from the paved town road, I finally saw the wood.

To my astonishment I could not believe I was having a eureka moment –  Aha – Triumph at a discovery.

How could I not see the wood all around me.  All I saw were trees.  Those that see wood are loggers, pulp and paper mills, firewood producers, pallet manufacturers, cabinet and furniture makers.

THE WOOD I NOW SEE IS KINDLING.  On April 1, 2014, the domain name was recorded by registry.  It was the birth of a company producing “The King’s Wood” – Adirondack Ash

Kindling.  Kiln dried kindling is something everyone needs sooner or later or all the time.  Campers and homeowners are the end users.

Behold the turtle:  He only makes progress when he sticks his neck out.”

– James Bryant Conant

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So you do not jinx yourself or tempt fate.   Knock two pieces of firewood together.

If it sounds dull it is green.

If it rings it is seasoned and if it sings (higher pitch), it is kiln dried.

You do not have to “knock on wood” if you see multiple cracks on the ends.  That means it is properly seasoned.  You will not necessarily see cracks on the ends of kiln dried firewood, but you will notice it is definitely lighter in weight.  You will see a big difference when it burns…lots of flame!

If you have never experienced burning kiln dried firewood, you are in for a treat.  My first observation was it burned like it was soaked in an accelerant.  More flames than usual.  More up-front BTU’s.  It burns faster than seasoned firewood.  Each log burns independently of the others – meaning no contributing heat or flame is needed from the other logs to make good flames.  You might say it burns more successfully and requires less maintenance with your fireplace poker.

So, get some kiln dried firewood or kindling – “knock on wood” and listen for that singing sound.  You will be happy when you hear it.

Remember, a chip on the shoulder is a sure sign of wood higher up. –Brigham Young Like the blog – Pass it on! “The King’s Wood” – Adirondack Ash Kindling – Kiln dried One of a kind, handmade fireplace pokers Imported mirror finished kindling hatchet


Although I play lotto and have not won yet, I am still lucky.

Three years ago I was emptying my basement wood stove ash into a 30 gallon metal garbage can kept 30 feet from my log cabin.  The ash can was full and the stove cold for about 24 hours.  For the sake of expediency I decided to empty the cold ash into my double wheeled wheelbarrow with plastic tray.  Naturally I was concerned, but saw no coals in the ash as I used a metal dust pan to scoop out the ash from the stove into the wheelbarrow looking for any active coals as I proceeded.

Task completed I put the wheelbarrow outside the basement door which is under an outside deck some 8 feet above.  Not concerned as I saw no live coals, I went back inside to start the wood stove with kindling and firewood.  Once that was accomplished I headed to the village for some shopping items.

About 40 minutes later I returned home and noticed soot ashes on my outside deck floor.   My first thought was maybe there was a chimney fire while I was gone.   After all there was quite a south wind that day.  A short time later I went to the basement to replenish the wood stove.  As usual I looked through the glass windows on my 6 foot wide double doors and was in shock to see the wheelbarrow had no pan left, both rubber wheels were half burnt, log splitter Honda motor was burnt and one wheel half burnt.  The gasoline had evaporated and the engine was shot.  The deck floor joists were blackened with soot but no burn marks were observed.

So, about $500.00 later I had a new Honda engine and new wheelbarrow and a whole new respect for firewood ash.  Let me say again, “Respect for firewood ash”!

Talk about lucky…I have not won Lotto yet but my cabin did not burn down by my own hand.  So PLEASE take my experience and have the upmost respect for firewood ash.  If you do not see live coals just believe they are still under the gray ash waiting to make havoc.  Use your metal container with tight fitting lid and place at least 30 feet away from your home and use religiously!

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“From a little spark may burst a flame”.

-Dante Alighieri