How to make kin­dling

Gardens Illustrated Magazine - - Firewood -

• Use a soft wood tim­ber, such as pine, to make your kin­dling, as the resinous char­ac­ter makes it much eas­ier for light­ing fires. Kin­dling runs out rel­a­tively quickly, so it’s al­ways best to pre­pare a large buck­et­ful all at once rather than make only enough for a sin­gle fire. • Use a smaller kin­dling axe or a chop­per, as you will have more con­trol when split­ting small pieces of wood. Wedge the axe into the tim­ber and lift both to­gether be­fore strik­ing the chop­ping block – this is less likely to cause an in­jury. • When chop­ping the wood, try to cre­ate a va­ri­ety of sizes, from very small pieces up­wards. The smaller the piece of kin­dling, the big­ger its sur­face area so the fire will catch more eas­ily, but it is also im­por­tant to have in­ter­me­di­ate-sized pieces. The length of your kin­dling will be dic­tated by the size of your fire. • Don’t forget that in any pile of logs there will in­evitably be a good as­sort­ment of twigs, chip­pings and bark – hold on to th­ese, as they will sup­ple­ment your home-made kin­dling.

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