We still use the technique we learned from our grandparents in England. We take newspapers (double-page full-size, not tabloids) and roll them up diagonally. Then we tie them in a loose knot.
Two of those and some kindling will light a coal fire, so dry logs are no problem. With all the grief about transporting logs, we're seriously thinking about hauling a 50-pound bag of coal instead. Coal fires will run for about 5 hours without having to add more fuel. The intial smoke at start-up can be obnoxious for maybe 10 minutes, compared to wood smoke, but once it's up and running, it's almost odor-free. Of course, the "nostalgic aroma" of a log fire is absent.
In our earlier S&B, we had a fireplace that could actually burn things (not like our present place which has a gas "log" fire with a through the wall flue rather than a real chimney).
With our fairly frequent power outages in that area of Washington, we kept a store of coal on hand. We didn't use it that often, but coal takes a lot less maintenance of the fire than logs, once it's lit.
Frank and Eileen
No longer RVers or FR owners