Use enough kindling to get a hot fire going as quickly as possible.
Scrunch up two or three sheets of newspaper and place on top of the kindling – they will burn quickly, heat the flue and get a draught going to oxygenate the fire.
Light small, hot fires. Add only a little fuel at a time – a half-full burner is about right.
Run a hot fire before turning it down, to produce less smoke and combustion gases.
Place two or three smaller logs in your burner, rather than one big one – they give off more heat. Place logs about 2 cm apart and 5-10 cm back from the door – allowing air to flow down to the base of the fire.
Give your fire more air:
if you can see smoke coming out of your chimney
when putting more fuel on the fire – keep the air controls fully open for 15-20 minutes after adding fuel.