I’ve gone grateless! A number of you recommended this method and the Powers-That-Be at last decided it should be tried! I like it. (The fire in this photo is not the best example of fire-building technology. Bear with me.) I had a hard time at first as the logs kept flopping around in there whenever I poked at them with no grate to keep them in place! Very frustrating. I’m getting better–and I do prefer it without the grate, so I will keep at it. I find it easier to start and maintain the fire without a grate, and it’s easier to bank the fire to hold it overnight or if I have to go out for a few hours because I can put more wood in there. I can also use bigger logs. I like it. It’s just a new kink in my learning curve!