There was the time when Gigi almost burned the house down after the holidays… he decided to burn the tree – and simply stuffed the entire tree up the chimney and lit it from the bottom.  Then walked away.  After someone heard a sound much like a vacuum cleaner, they realized that flames were shooting up vertically from the chimney above the house.  Fortunately, the tree was so dry and the chimney was cold – so that the tree just burned up completely.  Even before the firemen could get there!