How To: Make a Roaring Fire
STEP ONE: Open the damper (the fold-up hatch that allows ventilation through your chimney).
STEP TWO: Roll several sheets of newspaper into tight tubes and disperse them on top of the grate.
STEP THREE: Arrange kindling (or place a fire-starter mini-log) on top of the newspapers.
STEP FOUR: Lay two pieces of split, dry logs on top of the kindling, with an inch of space between them.
STEP FIVE: Do two more layers of logs, alternating directions each time. Light the newspapers.
STEP SIX: Once the fire is in full swing, poke the embers into the center of the hearth.
Cool – Good to know.