We have a case of the 4 hr fire logs we keep on hand. Stack 2 regular logs on bottom for air flow with fire log in middle then teepee of wood on top. Just light paper and relax. Even if wood is a little wet the fire log does wonders and we always have an awesome looking fire with no headaches and usually minimal smoke. Some people say that’s cheating, but so is our ac and heated mattresses, and I’m ok with that!!