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Whats the best kindling to use to start a fire?

The best kindling to use to start a fire is small pieces of dry, seasoned wood that are no larger than your thumb. Kindling should be dry and have a low moisture content to ensure it ignites easily and burns hot enough to ignite the larger pieces of wood in your fire.


Here are some good options for kindling:

Dry Twigs and Small Branches: Collect dry twigs and small branches from your yard or a nearby wooded area. These can be broken into smaller pieces and used as kindling.

Newspaper: Crumpled up newspaper is a good option for kindling, as it burns easily and can be found in most households. However, be aware that some newspapers may contain chemicals that can release toxic fumes when burned, so it's best to use plain, unprinted newsprint.

Pine Cones: Pine cones are a great natural option for kindling, as they are highly flammable and burn hot. You can collect them from your yard or a nearby wooded area.


Dried Pine Needles: Dried pine needles can also be used as kindling, as they are highly flammable and burn hot. You can collect them from your yard or a nearby wooded area.

Remember, it's important to use dry, seasoned wood for kindling and to ensure that your kindling is properly arranged



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