Heres a picture of our wood fireplace insert loaded and ready to light. I always used to start a fire by putting the kindling on the bottom and then gradually adding more fuel. I probably learned that in boy scouts. The trouble with that method is it ends up producing a lot of smoke as you open the door multiple times to get a good fire established. A few years back I learned this method which is just the opposite and I was sceptical but it really works well, at least in this type of firebox. I light it, and gradually damp it down as it builds. I can then forget about it for several hours and the house is good and warm after the wood is burned and the coals remain. On most days that is all that's required to keep the house warm all day. No opening the door and no smoke. It works well for me. Just wondering if anyone else uses this method or has some other technique that works well for them.
Loaded and ready to light up!