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Playing with Fire:Understanding the Heat Source

Playing with Fire:Understanding the Heat Source

You might not have expected a write-up on the most basic aspects of survival on an HVAC blog, but the basic concept of heating a home must be understood by first grasping the very source of heat itself: fire. Living in Colorado, creating and kindling a flame throughout a night in Rocky Mountain wilderness may be nothing new, but we decided to recap on the underrated skill right here on the JM Heating & Cooling blog space.

The first step to building a successful fire is often in finding or building a fire ring. Most times, these spaces are already developed or built in popular car camping areas or left behind on well-known backcountry trails. However, if you have to build your own, be sure to utilize non-flammable materials like medium-to-large stones or a portable metal grate. Clear an area around where you plan to light your fire (a preferably flat, dry place) of branches and debris. There should be at least two feet of clearance around the perimeter of your campfire.

Next, identify and gather tinder, kindling, and wood with which to build your fire. These are all specific fuels that play a specific role in keeping a fire going. Tinder can be anything from dry leaves to small twigs, whereas kindling represents smaller pieces and wood tends to mean larger logs that can hold a flame for a long period of time. Your fire should include the kindling on the bottom layer, often fashioned in a square with the tinder material housed inside. Once those are lit by a match or lighter, you can then place the wood on top of the existing fire to maintain the flames.

Be sure to always carry fire starting materials with you while out and about this winter, as staying warm is a requirement for survival. These include firestarters themselves and a waterproof box of matches.

When a flame burns with the power of propane, butane, or another synthetic fuel that’s not some natural combination of wood and oxygen, it often lasts much longer. These types of flames are constantly housed in things like home furnace units and work to heat your home when you’re not out adventuring. To maintain your furnace unit when you’re taking on the great indoors, contact a JM Heating & Cooling customer service representative as soon as possible.


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