One idea...In lighting new fire at King of Peace, we use the following trick which is easy to do and very effective for the Easter Vigil. The fire is lit in a copper fire pan (see photo) outside the church right in front of the front doors. We are in South Georgia and have never had any problems with beginnning outside as the weather is usually quite pleasant. The fire is set with good hard wood that has been soaked in lamp oil, but sits dry, stacked together with smaller pieces of kindling underneath. Under that kindling is a wad of steel wool. One side of the teepee shaped fire is open to allow the celebrant access. At the right time I lean down and, using a 9-volt battery I have palmed in my hand, that is not visible to the congregation, I touch the contacts of the battery to the steel wool and withdraw my hand in a smooth motion so that I reach in, touch the heart of the fire, pull my hand out and the fire begins to spark, then flame. In a couple of minutes we have a blazing new fire. One long thin piece of hard wood has only a tip soaked in lamp oil. I take this from the fire and use the burning wood to light the Paschal candle. Most everyone knows how this trick is done and anyone who asks is told, but beyond the trick of it, the ease of lighting a fire like this makes it very effective.