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.
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.
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.