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The only fireside tool you'll ever need...

16 January 2014  post by Nick Marshall

A quick post to show you the simplest but most effective of fireside tools.

I light my stove every night of the year, getting all of my hot water from it, and this is the only fireside tool I use.  Perfect for raking the ash flat before lighting the fire and then stoking once lit.  However, best of all is if the fire needs a bit of a boost you simply aim into the heart of it and blow through the tube, the pinched end focusing a blast of air which can get the slightest of embers into a roaring fire.  Safer and more effective than blowing directly and you can get a longer blast than from bellows.

All you need is a short length of copper pipe, mine is about 40cm long with a 1 cm diameter, and you crush the end using a vice or similar untill there is a thin slot as shown in the photo's.  

It really is that simple but also incredibly effective.

  • Not the smartest of fireside implements but definitely the most effective Not the smartest of fireside implements but definitely the most effective
  • The squeezed end providing the focused jet of air which makes it so effective The squeezed end providing the focused jet of air which makes it so effective
  • About 40 cm's long and made from an old bit of plumbing.  I'm sure a quick polish would smarten it up but it is very much a working tool About 40 cm's long and made from an old bit of plumbing. I'm sure a quick polish would smarten it up but it is very much a working tool