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In Kansas City, we buy seasoned oak firewood from a woodyard that also supplies local barbecue joints — in fact, The Woodyard also sells barbecue. Frank delivers our wood every fall, and sometimes throws in a bag of kindling, but I don’t really need it. The old maple tree in our front yard provides an endless supply of small sticks that are just right for starting a fire, and when I need more, I split a piece of firewood into kindling strips.
For years I used a small Swedish hatchet to do the job, but this year Fiskars supplied me with a new splitting axe, which has a longer handle than my old hatchet, an exceedingly sharp blade, and a satisfying heft. I set up a kindling yard in the garden and put it to the test.
Setting the kindling on a good-sized log placed securely on end raises it up and also provides a hard surface; if you split kindling on the ground, you’ll end up driving your axe into the dirt, which dulls the blade. The area where you’re splitting the wood should be clear of obstructions, of course.
I choose a piece of firewood without knots, set it on end on the log, and then bring the axe down on it. If the axe sticks in the firewood, pick the whole works up and drive it down on the stump a time or two until it splits. Just repeat this process as the pieces get thinner and thinner. A medium-sized piece of firewood is good for half a dozen pieces of kindling, or more, depending on how thin you like the pieces to be. Since they are the same length as your firewood, they’re just right for the fireplace or woodstove. Once you get warmed up, you’ll make several days’ supply of kindling quickly.
We also like to use twigs and small branches broken into 12- or 18-inch lengths. Lumber scraps work well and are easy to split, and large pieces of bark will also help the firewood catch on.
Everyone seems to have their own style and technique for laying a fire. My husband and I start with half-sheets of crumpled newspaper, a few pieces of kindling, with two or three logs of good seasoned firewood on top. It’s enough to get a crackling little fire going, and take the icy edge off the weather outside. How do you make kindling?