¿Cómo encender una chimenea sin pastillas?

How do you light a fireplace without a ignition pads?


Lighting a fireplace can be easier than we imagine. The most comfortable way and the first option when we are going to light our fireplace is using the ignition tablets, but what if I don’t have one?

In Panadero, as manufacturers of wood stoves and fireplaces, we want to give you some tricks to light your fireplace without tablets, safely, with little effort and efficiently. Handling and being aware of the different ways to light a wood-burning fireplace is essential for any time when you don’t have the ignition tablets.

Safety Precautions Before Lighting the Fireplace

Before we start with these tricks and teach you how to light a fireplace without ignition tablets, we must keep in mind that, whenever we want to light a fire, we must take safety precautions.

The first thing to keep in mind is not to have around the fireplace elements or objects that are flammable or toxic. Secondly, it is essential to always be aware of the fire. We must not lose sight of it when we have the fireplace lit.

Finally, it is important to make sure that the fire is completely extinguished before leaving the room.

I have to light the fireplace but I don’t have any ignition pads… What should I use?

Let’s imagine that you want to light the fireplace this winter, but… you have run out of fire starter tablets. Don’t get overwhelmed! In Panadero we want to give you different options so that you don’t stay cold and you can enjoy your fireplace to the fullest.

Charcoal with olive oil

This is an easy, effective and, above all, very ecological alternative.

How to light a fireplace with coal

Start by placing the charcoal inside the stove along with the firewood. On top, we will place papers and napkins impregnated with olive oil. Light the paper and the charcoal will start to heat up. It is as simple as that.

Lighting the fireplace with matches

This is a very simple method and not at all cumbersome. The only thing you will need is a little patience, as you may need to repeat the ignition several times until it lights well.

We recommend using matches with a long stick, as they can be kept on top of the branches until it ignites. In the case of using small matches, you must light them and throw them on the branches to light the fire.

How to light a fireplace with matches

What kind of firewood is best to light the fireplace?

The type of firewood depends on the duration of the fire and the cleanliness of the fireplace. We recommend reading our post “What is the best firewood for the fireplace?

Note: It is of great importance that the firewood has a humidity of less than 20%.


In conclusion, it should be noted that the pellets are the easiest method to light the wood fireplace. However, there are alternatives to their use, since they are still chemical products and are highly polluting.

Have you found this article useful? Take a look at our blog and find solutions and recommendations to help you with your fireplace or wood stove.

If you still haven’t got your fireplace or wood stove for this winter… what are you waiting for? Visit our online store of Panadero wood stoves.

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