Ive been shown two ways of fire starting over the past few years that are not exactly bushcraft related but well worth knowing. The first is when your starting a fire bucket in a caravan park and all the timber is wet. Soak a toilet roll in diesel (no other form of fuel) the diesel doesn’t explode in your face.Do this away from the lighting area. The second is using a rag soaked in mentholated spirits and lighting the wood with a butane torch. This is for the fireplace in any workshop. Use caution with each method.

Using the fireplace to keep warm of a night to to dry the paint on the panels.