Dry sticks or branches of various sizes, dry bark, preferably birch, string.
Lay two pieces of string down perpendicular to each other. Lay birch bark down as your first layer. Next place small twigs, branches and bits of leaves. Place larger twigs and sticks on top and continue until the bundles are one inch or less in diameter. Carefully tie up strings to gather everything together. The layers must be in the right order for the starter to burn properly. Place in fireplace and light underneath. Once engulfed, begin to carefully place larger sticks on top.
“Slip dried flowers between the sticks to give it a decorative look.”
“Make a few to keep on hand for camping when fire pits may be wet.”