We think our logs might be damp or something.
After doing several hours worth of research online regarding the safety of using a wood burning fireplace around a bird(parakeet), I came up empty handed.
Some sites recommend it, others not at all and still yet others say yes, as long as you have a clean fireplace and burn only seasoned wood, etc. We had both fireplaces and chimneys cleaned and ready for functioning back in March. The guy was here for a while and I spent an assload of money on this service.
I then gave a different nice young man money to stack some wood pieces up by our house.
Now, all I want is a FIRE! A crackly, cozy fire. It is rather nipply here today, so I figured it would be a good day to try it all out.
It's amazing how quickly a mild-mannered stay at home mom type can tranform into a bloodthristy pyromaniac!
I took a picture of the set up we have:
We procured three logs from our pile and the Evil Twin put some newspaper under them. The logs were put on the grate and the newspapers were torched. That seemed to be going well, and then it just kind of petered out.
The bird is still alive. That's good news because Buddy would be heartbroken and I'd be stuck training a new bird.
If we ever have fire success, I'll get a picture of it and post it!
I'm off to research more wood burning fireplace and bird type questions.
Later, I may pass out from boredom.