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Old 08-30-2015, 08:48 PM   #21
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Fiire starting techniques

Here's my cheap solution: Purchase a pipe-fitter's hand-torch nozzle with flint striker (about $5-7) used to "sweat" pipe fittings, screw it onto the little green propane bottle you use on your portable bar-b-que and you can start most anything on fire!
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Old 08-30-2015, 08:58 PM   #22
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I tend to keep a ziplock of dryer lint for getting the fire started
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Old 08-30-2015, 09:07 PM   #23
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Please do not transport firewood. Your camp fire is not worth the potential loss of an entire forest due to invasive insects.

X2. I see others doing this but I have a friend in DNR and he really gets upset over it. It is a real problem!


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Michigan's Ash tree population has been devastated by the emerald ash bore (invasive insect). Please do not transport firewood!
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Old 08-31-2015, 01:07 AM   #25
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No Kindling?

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In thirty years I've never gone camping without an axe. Nearly always split kindling wood ......part of the fun of campfires😀
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Old 08-31-2015, 01:23 AM   #26
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Fiskars axe and swede saw are permanent residents of the pass through. There's always something in nature that will burn or a way to make it burn.
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Old 08-31-2015, 01:22 PM   #27
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We camp primarily in Provincial Parks too and have always bought from the parks to help support them and to avoid transporting pests but agree that the wood has been wet and that they tend to run out at some of our favourite parks just before their fall closing dates. As retirees that's prime camping time for us. Don't laugh (too hard) but DH has done a careful study of his campfire habits and has found that it is about the same price to buy the cheapest 2x4's he can find cut them to an easy to pack length and use them for bonfires. Nice crackly fires. Very little ash left behind and easy to light as they are dry. A few donated pallets has him over the moon about free fires. No invasive species involved ��
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Old 08-31-2015, 02:52 PM   #28
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I keep some of the lint from dryer...also empty toilet tissue rolls...stuff lint into the rolls...I store in gallon size ziplock bags and keep in storage compartment of RV.
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We always check with the campground about the firewood issue. Some places don't sell it and encourage you to bring your own so people don't damage the trees. I think it really depends on where you are going. Most of our camping is local or in a neighboring state and none of them seem to have an issue with BYOW. We always have an ax or hatchet to make kindling. Ditto on the caution about using an ax. I have had several near hits and my DH has gotten himself in the leg or boot a few times over the years. We do still have all our fingers and toes though. I have tried the dryer lint thing and it doesn't work for me. We usually use commercial fire starters of some sort.
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Please do not transport firewood. Your camp fire is not worth the potential loss of an entire forest due to invasive insects.
You've got that RIGHT. We live in southwest Ohio and the ash trees have been decimated - although that doesn't seem so bad when I'm on the golf course and have fewer trees to deal with!
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