A friend of ours used to work for a framing shop in Vermont. He would bring home crates of kd maple scraps that were great for kindling. Whenever my wife went up to visit she would come home with a box of it. Unfortunately he left that job and we ran out of the prime stuff. So during a trip to Home Depot I looked around to see what would make good kindling. I found a bundle of lath that looked dry and had potential. The tag on it said "aspen", which I never heard of, but it's wood. I figured it would burn. I grabbed a bundle of 50 48" pieces for $9, figuring to cut it down to 12" pieces. When I got home I Googled aspen. From Wikepedia: Aspen wood is white and soft, but fairly strong, and has low flammability. It has a number of uses, notably for making matches, where its low flammability makes it safer to use than most other woods. Seriously? Why don't I just use some asbestos shingles! Okay, that said, I used some this morning to get the fire going again. A couple of newspaper bows and 3 pieces of the aspen and I had the start of a good blaze. Would have had a good blaze if not for the "seasoned dry" wood I'm trying to burn.