Light It Up! How To Build The Perfect Fire In Five Minutes: My 5 Fireside Must-Haves
Step 1. Crumble newspaper sheets into a ball and pack under the grate and between the grates.
2. Stack very dry firewood in three rows, 3X3, in opposite directions. We get ours delivered by the cord from John DiStefano at 516-790-2281.
3. Tuck firestarter sticks in between the gaps. I like to use fatwood from a cool new company I discovered called The Greatest Blaze, which is harvested from the stumps of Long Leaf Yellow Pine trees. The wood is impregnated with resin that naturally produces the flammable terpene which causes the fatwood sticks to ignite when a flame is held to it. I also throw Frankincense resin on the flames after it’s lit which creates the most divine aroma. My sister lives in Abu Dhabi and sends me Frankincense from Oman.
I also love these Kiln Nuggets from The Greatest Blaze [above]. The kiln drying process produces smaller chunks and odd size pieces of wood that are great to throw on the fire to keep it blazing. They arrive at your doorstep in a custom made orchard crate made in Vermont which I reuse for garden supplies.
5. Light the paper at the bottom, and watch it burn. I love these chic matches from Skeem, which come in an apothecary-style match bottle. The strike-on-bottle is pretty enough to showcase on your mantel.