In this case hay or straw. Le is not licking the hay, she is (in her own special way) blowing on it to start the flame...not sure what my face is all about?? we were so tired and EXCITED about finally making the damn thing burn, that the three of us were yelling and carrying on. Once we actually saw the hay ignite I screamed, OH MY GOD, Laurie, take a photo so I can send to my parents. I have finally made a baby! They will be soooo proud!!