There’s noth­ing as com­fort­ing as the roar of a fire, a mug of tea and a bit of knit­ting on a chilly night, but get­ting the fire go­ing – and quickly – is a fine art. Making kin­dling wraps will en­sure suc­cess ev­ery time, and you can do away with smelly sho

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• Finely chopped kin­dling wood or small dry sticks

• Dried herbs/grasses

• Tis­sue or news­pa­per, cut into 5cm wide strips

• Teeswax, paraf­fin wax or old can­dle stubs

• Raf­fia twine

• An old paint­brush 1 Gather 4–5 pieces of kin­dling or twigs and a bunch of dried herbs and grasses. Wrap them with a strip of tis­sue or news­pa­per. Se­cure tightly with raf­fia. 2 Re­peat step 1 un­til you have a pile of wraps. 3 Melt the wax in a jar in a warm oven. 4 Lay the wraps on a piece of bak­ing parch­ment to pro­tect your work sur­face. Us­ing an old paint­brush, cover the pa­per in the melted wax. 5 Al­low to cool and har­den. Use one or two wraps along­side your usual kin­dling to get your fire off to a roar­ing start.

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