Jib Luff, Inver Port.

Instructions on how to make an Irish home fire.

We do understand that this is Ireland, and sometimes the weather can be inclement. That is why we have a real fire hearth installed in the lounge. Here are some simple instructions (the ten commandmants) and pictures (below) on how to make a successful fire first time without too much fuss.

You will need the following, all of which are available from local petrol garages:-

A bag of coal.
A small bag of kindling wood sticks.
A box of firelighters.
Yesterdays newspaper.
A box of matches.


1. Make sure the hearth is empty of ash as this improves the air flow and makes the fire light successfully.
2. Open the moveable air flow grate at the bottom of the fireplace to ensure good airflow.
3. Take six sheets of a newspaper and fold up as shown. Twist it and put it in the fire place (hearth). Make 5 of these.
4. Place a firelighter on top of the papers.
5. Place 5 pieces of wooden stick kindling on top of the fire lighter. Light the fire lighter.
6. After approx two minutes, put some coal on top making sure not to put out the flames.
7. Once the fire is going well, put more coal onto the fire.
8. Push it in the moveable air flow grate at the bottom of the fireplace once the fire is well lit to restrict the air flow.
9. Replace the fire guard and enjoy.
10. Top up with coal as and when required, remember it will take about 2 hours for the fire to die down from being fully lit.


If you cannot obtain wood kindling sticks, use extra tightly screwed up paper.
Please transfer your coal from the bag to the coal scuttle outside, avoiding marking the internal walls. Use the galvanised ash bucket for ash removal.


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Twist tightly to make bulk. fold your newspaper. Open grate for airflow.













add wood kindling. firelighter on the paper. screwed up paper in the hearth.













add the coal gently at first. Use the scuttle for adding coal. light the firelighter.













A successful fire... note the now closed bottom grate to restrict airflow. Please transfer the coal from the bag to the scuttle outside. A successful fire... note the now closed bottom grate to restrict airflow.