It went down into the 30s last night here in western NC, so I decided to build a small fire before going to bed since the house was already down to 68. My wife had a birthday a few days ago and I had a birthday candle sitting on the counter from her birthday cake. It struck me that a small candle like that might serve as a fire starter. I loaded the stove with a half dozen small sticks (1 1/4 - 1 1/2 inches in diameter) and then a couple of small splits. I laid the candle down beside one of the splits and tossed a handful of kindling from the bottom of my kindling bucket. I lit the candle and sure enough that little candle got the fire going great! I'm talking about the regular size birthday candles that are about two inches tall and cost less than a dollar a box most places. Something to keep in mind for next burning season.