How Do You Start a Fire in a Fireplace?

Start a fire in a fireplace by layering newspaper, kindling and logs, allowing for adequate air circulation. Once the layers are in place, light the bottom layer.

  1. Create a bottom layer with newspaper

    Martha Stewart recommends placing a couple of balls or twists of newspaper under the grate and then topping the grate with a large pile newspaper strips.

  2. Add kindling

    On top of the newspaper, add kindling in a crisscross pattern. Use a loose arrangement of six to 12 sticks to allow air to circulate.

  3. Add logs and light

    Top the kindling with a couple of split logs, and light the bottom layer with a long match. Add additional logs as needed, once the fire is going.