Stack Your Wood Jenga Style
When you are lighting your outdoor fireplace, a great technique is to stack your firewood jenga style. It enables your fire to start well and create a good ember base.
Fire loves to climb. When you use this fire starting technique you encourage the fire to climb and stay alight. The alternative is to create a teepee of wood, the problem with this is the teepee collapses early and needs more attention. The jenga style collapses later, once the wood is more alight and results in a better ember base.
It is critical to use small pieces of wood, as they have more surface area relative to their mass and will be dryer. The other thing to consider is not creating a very tall stack of wood, which will create the risk of alight wood falling out of the fireplace.