Light the fire using sufficient kindling and open air vents fully (sufficient air is needed to get a fire started). Also, a fire starter can help to establish a hot fire quickly. Newspaper is messy and a hassle and does not work as well as kindling and a fire starter. Use smaller logs to get the fire established. In no time you will have a roaring fire. Don’t turn your fire down (I.e. limit air supply) until it is well established with red coals. Allow air to circulate between the logs by not overfilling the fireplace. Use larger logs for slower burning once the fire is established and don’t block the incoming air supply with logs. Rekindle the fire quickly if the fuel load has burnt down to only a few glowing coals.
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