Ask hill-dwellers and they will tell you that there is only one way to start up the fireplace.
Begin by placing the logs into the fireplace in a conical shape, not too close to each other. Place shreds and shavings of wood under the logs, clumping them together.
Put some dried leaves on the shreds of wood and light the leaves with a matchstick.
In a little while you will have the fireplace going!
Closely analyse this process-driven approach:
Take one step at a time.
You can’t light a log with a matchstick. It will take several matchboxes to try and light a log. The burning leaves warm the smaller pieces of wood enough to catch fire which will generate the heat required for the logs to slowly begin to burn.
The logs must be spaced apart for air flow. Oxygen helps the fire to spread.
Haphazard placement will not help and it will take much longer for the wood to catch fire.
Logs must be rolled over, periodically to ensure that the wood burns evenly and completely. Fanning the fire also enables better burning - optimum utility of the resources.
Fresh logs must be introduced to the fire, one at a time, to ensure that the fire is consistent and it does not die out.
Putting out the fire is most important. Burning embers, if left as it were, might end up starting an unexpected fire with disastrous results. Completion of an activity is paramount.
Note: Starting up a fireplace requires two more ingredients – patience and perseverance.