As any arsonist will tell you (that joke is not funny, I know), the fastest way to start a fire is by using gas. That is why we have gas logs to start fires in our homes. These logs are a quick and easy way to start a fire in your fireplace if you do not want to have to fiddle around with all of the other options. I think that the best way to help yourself in this situation would be to get all of the necessary materials in order, so that you do not have to worry about all of the accessories when you are just trying to get the fire going and then start the fire.
There are a few things that I try to make sure of when I am starting a fire. The first is that the flew is open. If you have a flew that is closed, all of the smoke and the ash from your fireplace are going to come into the room. That is not going to be pleasant for anyone. The other thing to keep in mind is that if you bring together all of the wood in your place, it is best to make sure that you have a blanket down to cover everything. That is of course unless you want splinters in your feet. After getting all of the wood together and making sure that the flew is open, I would try to get all of the paper that you can. Paper makes it really easy to light a fire in your fireplace. I was always taught to use paper, so I probably have a higher reliance on it than some other people.
Once you get all of the pieces of paper you can stuff into the logs and around the logs in your fireplace, I would light them slowly, one by one. This allows for them to heat up the logs and the logs will eventually catch fire. It is a pretty cool thing to see yourself create fire. Of course you will be using a lighter or matches or something, but it is still cool nonetheless. The other thing that you will have to do is to make sure that the mesh is over the fire. If there is any moisture in the logs that you are using, they will start to crackle and when they do, they will be spitting out pieces onto the floor in front of the fireplace, if the mesh is not in place.
I think that that is one of the most valuable fireplace accessories. The mesh is truly one piece that will help you make sure that you will not set your house on fire. That would be the utmost priority for me personally, so I hope that it would be the same for you too. I wonder how many people that happens to each year and if it is because they do not have a mesh to cover their fireplace when they start a fire.