1) Get a fire started in early afternoon.
2) Carve out a refrigerated drink holder within arm's reach of your fireside chair. Sit there for a few hours and keep an eye on the fire. Top up beverage as necessary. Repeat.
3) Sometime before dusk insert cooking grate and top with wrapped packets of potatoes, onions, and garlic butter over modest heat.
4) After an hour or so lower the grate so it just grazes the coals and lay on a couple juicy ribeyes.
Add a couple logs to the coals after plating the grand dinner and swinging the cooking grate to the side. After the meal the fire will provide the perfect ambience for a cigar and after dinner glass of wine as you sit in the silence of a snowy January night.