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Old 07-26-2015, 01:53 PM   #41
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Coat a few cotton balls with Petroleum Jelly and put them is a small container. Throw one of them in as a fire starter. Small, light, inexpensive, clean burning and easy to carry.
This is what we do, cheap easy and works great!
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Old 07-26-2015, 02:55 PM   #42
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he used brick starter fluid

but had a fire like I have never seen before....this is in Oshkosh...my neighbor from southern MO. had a bunch of 20 inch high logs about 12 inch diameter that were chain sawed with 3 cuts from the top with the log standing .../ \ -- across the top down ...like a triple X, cut down to about 4 inches from the bottom...... poured in a little lighter fluid in the cuts of the standing log...nothing else and lit it....he brought his own fire ring....not a blazing fire but not bad....you could cook off the flat top of the log in a fry pan or boil coffee....it was 90 outside...so big fire would have been too much.... I know I'm gonna give it a try.
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Old 07-26-2015, 03:08 PM   #43
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I use Doritos and a handful of small twig. really works.
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Old 07-26-2015, 03:08 PM   #44
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I've built fires for years, but I know I'm not good at it. My kids don't complain, but maybe they would enjoy the fireplace more if I was better at it!


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I use candle remnants that I save for that purpose throughout the year. Add some paper and small sticks and voila!
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Old 07-26-2015, 03:14 PM   #45
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Our way is take a couple of firewood set it up like a tent over kindling, light the kindling underneath the tent

Here is a good example on how to do it:
How to Build a Campfire - Scoutmastercg.com

My son and I are in Boy scouts, so it was easy for us plus my wife is a former girl scout. But for me and my wife, we were taught at an early age when we camped as kids/teenagers.
From one Scouter to another, this is how I have taught fire building for years. And with 35 years with BSA I've done it a few times. For those who have not built a fire like this, also called a Tee Pee, The idea of stacking the firewood in this configuration creates a chimney effect and helps keep the fire hot and burns real good.
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Old 07-26-2015, 03:37 PM   #46
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Another method that I have used is take pinecones and cover them with paraffine wax they were real good as a fire starter
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Old 07-26-2015, 04:53 PM   #47
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Old candles and wax paper.

We pick up taper candles cheap at garage sales, cut them into 1 to 1 1/2 inch lengths, cut wax paper into about 2 1/2 inch x 5" lengths wrap the candle stubs with wax paper. One or two will start any fire in any weather. We have also melted old candles, mixed them with saw dust from a local cabinet maker, and pour into egg carton or cardboard box molds. Cut the egg carton into twelve individual starters. Messy but fun and a great fire starter. As mentioned earlier, we also have coated pine cones with wax. Works well & if you don't mix your candle colors, they burn with pretty colored flames.
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bacon grease...awesome

My grandmother's technique...best way to use up your grease....better than throwing it the trash.
Gives breakfast an added value.

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Coat a few cotton balls with Petroleum Jelly and put them is a small container. Throw one of them in as a fire starter. Small, light, inexpensive, clean burning and easy to carry.
How long (minutes) does one last? I'm thinking in terms of how much hot flame time does it produce, to ignite the other kindling?
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I cheat big time. Typically I just use a propane torch that was made for asphalt roofing. I do not need paper, twigs, kindling, or even dry wood for that matter. Just stack the logs in Lincoln log fashion and hit em with the torch.


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