The first fire in a new fireplace is always exciting and affirming no matter how many times you've done it. Dickey lit the christening fire here, and I really enjoy how the fire light illuminates the basket weave brick pattern of the firebox. This fire was started without priming the flue, and despite this, and the 5' tall opening, no smoke entered the space of the lodge. The saying, "It'll jerk the cat off the floor," comes to mind.
Family visit to site.