Like many households our fireplace is the main feature of our living room. It also provides a great source of heat, but we do burn a lot of wood! The Firemizer aims to optimise the burning of logs, so they burn up better. Therefore you use less logs, no bad thing if you’re having to carry them into the log basket.
The firemizer is a big piece of metal mesh which sits at the bottom of the firegrate. Our grate is quite small so we needed to cut it down to fit – make sure you gloves it is sharp!
Did it work?
It definitely aided the burning up of logs, that said we ended up with smouldering more than flames. It may be less efficient to have flames, but I rather associate warmth with the flames and so I wasn’t entirely convinced. I think if you had a bigger grate this would be great but on our little wood burner the benefits were minimal.
We also tried out the firebuilder. The firebuilder is an eco friendly fire starter. This looks like egg cartons and I was a little dubious. But it started our fire really quickly and without the smells aassociated with traditional fire starting products.
It also did away for the need to have any kindling! This was a huge benefit! While we are lucky enough to gather our kindling ourselves many people have to purchase it in plastic wraps.. no need with the firebuilder. Another great thing about the firebuilder is it can also be used to start a charcoal BBQ – firelighters can’t. We will be buying these again!