This post is sponsored by Pine Mountain. As always all words and opinions are my own.
Why wait for the evening to start a cozy fire in your fireplace when you can easily start a fire any time of day. There is nothing cozier than waking up in the morning to a warm fire while you eat your breakfast and it’s so easy to do.
Over the weekend, I got the fireplace in my living room ready for the fall and winter season. It was just in time as the temps dropped considerably over the weekend. Finally!!!
I love everything about the fall season… crisp air, pumpkins, hoodies, football and a cozy fire in the fireplace.
After the warm months of the year, it’s easy to forget about your fireplace. We have ours checked and cleaned in the spring and then I add flowers or candles inside the firebox to make it decoratively useful for the early fall, spring and summer.
Once the temperature begins to drop, however, it’s back to doing what it does best. And that’s warming the living room, creating a cozy environment and providing toasty indoor comfort on a wintry night… and now…. even on a cold morning, too.
Fall+Football+Fire in the Fireplace=Bliss
Fall weekends at my house always involve watching football and a cozy fire. Ed watches his alma maters, Navy and NC State on Saturday and the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
Even though I can’t tell the difference between a halfback and a fullback, I consider watching football on TV one of the coziest ways to spend a fall weekend afternoon. It is more about hearing the game on in the background while I go about doing my own thing around the house.
My dad always had a game on and I remember as a kid how wonderful the house felt with the sounds of football. The family all together inside doing our own thing with football on in the background.
It was and still is pure bliss, especially if I am snuggled under a comfy throw blanket reading a good book. Thanksgiving Day without a game on and a fire in the fireplace is just not Thanksgiving to me. More reason to make sure I have my fireplace ready to use for fall.
In my previous house we had a gas fireplace in the family room where all I had to do to have a fire any time of the day was press a remote. I got a little spoiled by this.
In the lake house, we have a very large fireplace in the living room. It takes some effort to make a fire the old-fashioned way… with wood, kindling and matches. The job has always fallen into Ed’s realm of household tasks to do.
Lighting a fire in a fireplace is one of those “manly duties” that men just seem to do more than the woman of the house. Ed lights a great fire when the game is on or we have company, but I miss having a fire in the morning while I eat my breakfast and read my favorite blogs and news of the day.
How to Organize and Store Firewood and Firelogs in Your Home
When I was getting the fireplace ready for the season, along with getting a cord of wood, I decided to try American Home™ by Yankee Candle® Balsam Fir Firelogs. We have always used Pine Mountain® StarterLogg® Firestarters so I figured the firelogs would be good as well.
I placed the firelogs and firestarters in a basket in front of the cord of wood and some larger sticks from the yard that I placed in a large ceramic vase that I call the fire stick crock so we are prepared to enjoy the cozy comforts of a fire in the fireplace all fall and winter long.
Over the weekend when we woke up and it was cold in the house, I thought how nice it would be to have breakfast by the fire on our chairs that swivel and rock.
I realized with the American Home™ by Yankee Candle® Balsam Fir Firelogs, I could light a fire any time I wanted and not have to wait for Ed to start and maintain it.
How to Easily Start a Fire in a Fireplace Any Time of Day
To create the cozy atmosphere that I was craving, Pine Mountain made it easy. All I needed to do was open the fireplace damper and place the wrapped firelog on the center of the grate. On the firelog wrapping there are 3 arrows showing you where to light. One is at the center of the log plus one on each end.
The firelogs smell like Fresh Balsam Fir, just like a Christmas tree. :-) As I write this post, I am enjoying a cozy fire made with one of the firelogs. It is not at all overpowering, just a nice subtle fresh fir scent.
Once the log is lit it will stay lit for 3 – 4 hours. They are designed to burn one at a time with no need to add a second one or real wood. It simply will burn away.
I like this feature in the morning knowing that if I have errands to run in the afternoon, that the log will be completely burned out before I leave.
When we have a real wood fire at night, I sometimes stay up later than I want just waiting for the wood to burn completely. I don’t like going to bed knowing that there are still burning embers.
The Pine Mountain firelogs are:
- Fast and easy to light with no mess
- Crafted from real hardwoods
- CLEAN & GREEN: They burn cleaner than cordwood, producing up to 80% less carbon monoxide and 75% less particulate matter. Nearly all the materials in the firelogs are made from renewable resources.
When we want to create a fire with real wood, we have always used StarterLoggs. They make starting a wood fire fast and no-fuss. There is no need for newspaper or kindling. We can enjoy the crackling goodness we love with a simple strike of a match. You only need one to start any fire. We also use them for our outdoor fire pit.
Having a fire in the fireplace in the morning that is easy to light and maintain is one of the best ways I know to be cozy at home…
…and if you end up enjoying a fire all day long, you may want to make a hot buttered rum to enjoy as you gaze into it.
Once I use up all the American Home™ by Yankee Candle® Balsam Fir Firelogs, I want to try the Java Logs. Yes… they smell like coffee and are made using recycled coffee grounds. Perfect for a cozy morning fire to start your day cozy at home.
Where To Buy Pine Mountain Firelogs:
fire logs and fire starters can be used for grilling, tailgating, camping, backyard fire pits and fireplaces.
- American Home™ by Yankee Candle® Balsam Fir Firelogs – You can purchase them on Amazon.
- Pine Mountain® StarterLogg® Firestarters – Purchase at Amazon
Do you have a fireplace in your home? More than one perhaps… maybe in a bedroom? Now that would be truly dreamy. :-)