It’s fireplace season, everyone, and you’re lucky, because I’ve got a ton of experience with building strong, steady flames to warm even the coldest ski-trip nights. Even though I currently live in a one-bedroom rental apartment in Brooklyn, I tend to visit my parents in my childhood home of Stockbridge, Massachusetts each winter (not this year, of course!)—and on a cold Berkshires night, there's nothing quite as comforting as making a fire in their fireplace. And by a night, I obviously mean every night.
Starting a fireplace fire can be intimidating, but by keeping in mind the three foundational elements of a strong one (fuel, fire, and air) and adjusting your process to nurture those three, your fire-starting skills will become fail-proof.