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How to get a roaring fire in seconds

For those of you who’ve not come across one before, a fire pipe - also called a blow poker, fire blower or human bellows - is an ingenious tool for getting a fire going quickly. It’s much more effective compared to traditional hand bellows.

It’s always a popular item for us at this time of year – especially with people looking for an unusual yet practical present for those ‘hard-to-buy-for’ friends and relatives.

So how does it work? Well, when a fire needs some encouragement, you simply place the shaped end of the pipe right into the base of the fire then blow from the other end of the tube.

The hollow pipe funnels your breath to deliver a strong, steady stream of air directly where it’s needed - and without blowing ash everywhere.

Its length means you don’t need to get so close to the fire to revive it and risk getting singed eyebrows or sooty knees.

Gathering around the fire is a great social activity in winter and the fire pipe creates a real talking point. People are always fascinated to see it being used and most want a go themselves.

They are equally amazed by just how well they work to get a fire going and how you don’t need that much puff to do it!

Our own Flordon Fire Pipe has two other practical uses too - as a traditional fire poker to stoke the wood or coal, and as a toasting fork. On a cold morning, fire-toasted crumpets taste particularly good...