I'm currently using a small kitchen blow torch to light my oven, however my hand gets rather hot and I think I could do with something a bit more powerful. Does anyone have any recommendations for blow torches or weed burners that work well?
I just use a plumbers blowlamp and gas canister jobbie that I got at the local builders merchants for about a tenner. Works great.
When the fire is getting really going i then use a 4ft piece of copper pipe with a flattened end (at the fire end ! ) to blow into the fire to get it really blazing - it works very well indeed to drive the temperature up.
For the upsidedown fires, make sure you have a lot of very dry, very small kindling at the top. I use cardboard boxes, cut into strips, kiln dried wood, and twigs. You want the top to create enough heat to light the first row of logs.
Not been using cardboard so will give that a try. I've got a lot of wood savings left from the insulation layer. Had been thinking that they might work as a kindling layer too. My current kindling is not super dry so suspect that's not helping (must remember to put wood in to dry after each burn!).