I've been waiting all winter and now all spring to burn off some cattails in my ponds. I tried tonight and it was a waste of time. The grass on the slopes burned well but the cattails hardly burned. I waited until after sundown so it would be cool but that might have been a mistake. Also the snow is almost gone from the cattail stand but that's only happened recently. The stand isn't very thick either. I don't have a lot of time to wait before I have to start filling the ponds. The cattails I lit would burn and burn hot enough to make me move back but the fire just didn't go anywhere and would go out. I put some paper feed bags in for fuel but that wasn't enough. The leaves break when you bend them and give off a lot of heat so they are sort of dry. This spring has been hot cold wet dry like a pogo stick. It's supposed to rain and snow this weekend again. I'm thinking that I need to start the fire earlier in the day when it's warmer and maybe try to get a hot core fire going so it will be self sustaining. It was in the mid-fifties today and sunny but there was a breeze so I couldn't light it then and the permit says after 6 pm. Any suggestions?