This is my second year burning full time on my own stove. I consider myself a safe burner and try my hardest not to do anything stupid. I love to throw a few pieces of paper and cardboard in when I'm starting a fire in a cold stove to get some hot flames and to get the draft going. I always read not to burn these things: - Glossy paper - Glossy cardboard - Egg Cartons - Paper plates Why? What is the scientific reason for this? Its not like we are throwing whole magazines in our stoves to try and get it up to 800 degrees. Nor are we making a fire only out of these items. It is a hand full of these items just to help get the fire started. I've done a quick search and find plenty of threads with people asking if they can burn these things and plenty of people telling them not to, but no one really saying why. The closest I got was some web article saying that most cardboard is made in China and is probably loaded with lead. Riiiiiiiight. Why are these bad for starting a fire? Someone please tell me! Seems like such a waste of good BTU's!