Lighting a fire, how hard can this be?
Well I can tell you from experience that if not done correctly you can end up with a garden full of smoke and a very small fire that will hardly cook a sausage!
For my first fire I built a pile of soft wood over some rolled up pieces of newspaper and added small pieces of hard wood as the flames grew larger, but the fire never really got going and I had an unbelievable amount of smoke billowing out of the oven.
After some research on the internet I came across the 'Top to Bottom' technique which I have detailed below.
By using this technique I am now able to start a fire very quickly with a minimal amount of smoke.