Top Tip if sticks are damp or wet
Top Tip if sticks are damp or wet: You can basically use anything to light a fire and then start feeding long sticks (leave them sticking out the top) into the chimney. The heat from the smaller fire below will dry the sticks and they will gravity feed down as the bottom most piece burns!
It can be very difficult to find dry fuel at times so, we use anything we can to start a small fire, then feed longer (usually damp) stick into the chimney using this trick. Try it out ... it works!