not sure if this is the correct section but since it deals with bedding i stuck it here. some might remember me brooding my chicks in the fireplace. if nothing else it would be easy to clean out when i was done. i put them in the coop last week an figured i'd clean out the fireplace the other night when i couldn't sleep. i was using pine shavings. i piled a bit of the shavings and flicked a bic at it. no fire. another , longer application of fire and still no fire. i got thinking about this in light of a couple of posts involving coop fires in the past week or so and thought i would video my attempts but alas my camera decided to take a dump. anyway, this is what i found. i gave up on the bic and used a MAPP torch. with apx ten seconds of applying flame the four inch high pile burned with little or no acceleration for apx two minutes and died out. i applyed the flame to an undisturbed flat section of pine shavings for about the same amount of time and within ten seconds there were no burning shavings. i don't have to tell you how it went when i tried some coastal straw but to say the least, the straw did not last long. for the last test i placed some more straw on top of the shavings and lit it. the straw was gone quickly and again, the shavings did not ignite. this pretty much did it for me as far as my bedding of choice. if some of you have nothing else to do try it and see if you have similar result. perhaps this will help some in choosing their bedding material.