I find that dried orange peel is an excellent fire lighter. I dry them off in the bottom warming drawer of the oven and then use then on top of the kindling . I use a few small sticks( offcuts from woodworking jobs ) with a log each side and at the back to male a small fire in the middle first .
I wonder what people think about the small fire air circulators, they cost about £80.00 so not cheap. The idea is that the fan works from the heat of the fire and pushes the warm air forward and into the room.