Yeah, I tried the minion method but everything ended up igniting. I think I'll give the splits a shot. I'm in suburban purgatory so I don't have a good source for wood for the splits. In the interim, could I use campfire wood with hardwood chunks?
Any hardwood or fruit wood will probably do, such as left over fireplace wood. I don't know what kind of hardwood is common in your area but around here it tends to be oak because it is pretty thick in central Texas. You may try looking into tree removal companies, they sometimes will sell the wood from the trees that they have taken out. You could also probably get a good deal from a firewood dealer at this time of year, they're in their slow time of the year and may be able to be haggled with!