Few things in life are more attractive than a roaring fire on a wintry day, but too many modern homeowners have never learned the skill of getting that fire going. Here is a handsome and very practical guide to the nearly lost art of building a fire and keeping it burning -- safely, efficiently, and beautifully. Covered here are all the elements anyone needs to make the perfect fire. It begins with how to choose the best kind of wood and how to store it. A short course in chimneys comes next, covering the basics of how they work and how to maintain them. Fire building is discussed in full, with special tips on getting the right combination of tinder, kindling, wood, and oxygen to combine into the perfect fire. And there are special chapters on woodstoves, safety, fuel efficiency, gas fireplaces, accessories and more.