Our prescription for an easy fire is this: just toss a couple of cones under the kindling. Then, if you must, use a match. But if you have time, wait for the resin to ignite from last night’s coals.
It has been a good year for the pines on Goose Creek. Not only have they produced a copious supply of cones (and the released seeds our chickens forage for under them) but good for us–the woody “leaves” of the cone this year are heavy with highly-flammable resin.
We have, next to the kindling basket beside the big woodstove in the front room, another, heaped high with cones arranged in a towering spiral, a cone itself, ready for all the fires to come.
Winter is soon upon us in full force. We are ready.
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And I’ll be there to enjoy all of it, the beauty, the warmth and the smell of wood burning! YEA!!
I bet that basket of pine cones is pretty too! This is a great suggestion, Fred!
I didn’t know this about pine cones. What handy little items to have on hand!