The first decision is whether to have a fire or not. My rule of thumb is if, there is ample dead and down fuel, there is not an abnormal fire hazard, and the environmental impact is minimal then a fire is probably okay. I suggest wood for fuel be no larger in diameter than four inches (a little bigger than wrist size) and a length that fits into the fireplace. It is your responsibility to make sure the fuel is burned completely down to ash and no remaining fuel is left in the fire.
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Adapted from The Camper’s Guide to Outdoor Pursuits by Jack Drury and Eric Holmlund published in 2006 by Sagamore Publishing