Cedar Kindling (makes our house smell nice)

February 3, 2012 · 5 comments

Henry cut a big bucket of western red cedar kindling this morning. When he brought it in the house, the air was immediately perfumed with the best kind of woodsy cabin scent. If it weren’t such a beautiful, sunny day, I might just sit inside and huff cedar air for the next couple hours.

Cedar makes a great firestarter because it ignites readily and burns nice and hot. This batch of kindling material came from discarded siding materials that Henry picked up somewhere in his travels. If you care to read more about our firewood situation, check out this past post.

While a bucket of kindling may not be all that exciting for most folks, it definitely counts as one of life’s small pleasures in my book. After spending today outdoors enjoying the sunshine–I’m writing this while sitting on the back porch–it will be nice to fire up the woodstove for a cozy evening of food and warmth with family.


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Meryl February 3, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Missing our fireplace right now…particularly because it’s a damp, chilly day here. Enjoy your sunshine and your cedar!


Camille February 3, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Thanks! I certainly will. I hope you can stay warm and dry today.


ashley english February 3, 2012 at 3:54 pm

I hear ya. I adore cedar. I use the bedding in the chicken coop, keep blankets and Huxley’s outgrown clothes (in case there’s another little dude eventually!) in a big cedar chest upstairs, and even burn the essential oil in a candle diffuser. Can’t get enough of the scent. I’d love to have fresh cedar kindling, though. I’m sure your cabin smells incredible!


Mo February 6, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Oh yum!!! I LOVE cedar! I have a little cedar chest my dad recently made me in my guest room/office and it makes the whole room smell heavenly. I’m in love with the smell enough that I also have some really nice cedar essential oil I drop inside the chest every so often to keep my yarns yummy. I just wish my office had a fireplace, it’s freezing in there!


CODY March 23, 2012 at 1:06 pm

I have ceder kindling too and I love it!


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