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Old 07-27-2015, 10:01 AM   #61
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Transporting Firewood ~WJ

Great discussion with the variety of options when starting a camp fire.

On a more serious side of building a camp fire is the transporting of firewood in your TV. Due to the increase of invasive beetles such as the emerald ash borer, Japanese longhorn beetle, bark beetle many states through out the US have enacted laws regarding the transportation of fw from state-to-state and even between counties within the state. Check out this website to read about transporting fw in your neck of the world.
Don't Move Firewood | Trees and forests are threatened by invasive foreign insects and diseases

Some states will allow you to transport fw IF the fw has a Firewood Heat Treatment Certification fixed to it.

Good rule-of-thumb to remember "is buy local-burn local"

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Old 07-27-2015, 10:27 AM   #62
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How about paper shredding's ???
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Old 07-27-2015, 10:29 AM   #63
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I used to use traditional methods, but since have found the JAJA pro start fire starter. I use it also to light the charcoal chimney for the grill. It uses the common Coleman propane cylinders and its a very useful tool around the RV. Its nice to light the starter and be able to do some other things while the fire is starting. It uses less propane than you might think.

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Old 07-27-2015, 10:42 AM   #64
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A little crumpled news paper with kindling placed on top in a crisscross pattern. When the kindling starts getting going place smaller logs on top then as they get going place larger logs. Takes about 5 to 10 mins to get a good fireplace fire going but it will give you a good amber base to sustain the fire. and cost less than starts and duraflames
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Old 07-27-2015, 10:44 AM   #65
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Just lite up a road flare,throw it in the pit,then put your small pieces on top of it.
Been there and done that a few times. Was on the beach at Hatteras a few years ago sitting by a fire. A large family came down and worked for probably a half hour trying to get a fire started with no luck. I took a road flare and walked down where they were. Struck it and laid it under their attempted fire pit. Said have a good evening and just walked away. Within a few minutes their fire was going strong. Good times.
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Old 07-27-2015, 10:56 AM   #66
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Like the road flare idea. Whats the cost & where do you get them?
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Old 07-27-2015, 10:58 AM   #67
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Dryer lint works like a charm. Dryer lint, kindling, tepee, done.
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Dryer lint works like a charm. Dryer lint, kindling, tepee, done.
What Antone said... Works great!

I keep a baggie of dryer lint in my go bag along with some steel wool. You can mix it up with some small twigs and start it with a match (or use the steel wool and a 9v battery if you are out of matches).
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Great discussion with the variety of options when starting a camp fire.

On a more serious side of building a camp fire is the transporting of firewood in your TV. Due to the increase of invasive beetles such as the emerald ash borer, Japanese longhorn beetle, bark beetle many states through out the US have enacted laws regarding the transportation of fw from state-to-state and even between counties within the state. Check out this website to read about transporting fw in your neck of the world.
Don't Move Firewood | Trees and forests are threatened by invasive foreign insects and diseases

Some states will allow you to transport fw IF the fw has a Firewood Heat Treatment Certification fixed to it.

Good rule-of-thumb to remember "is buy local-burn local"

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Great reminder. Maine prohibits firewood from outside of Maine being transported in Maine. Over major holidays and occasional random checks, Maine Forest Service will set up checkpoints to enforce this law.

There are some campgrounds that prohibit any outside firewood and require that you purchase their firewood.

Back to the question at hand...balled-up newspaper as tinder; dry, split cedar for kindling and then seasoned firewood. I'm fortunate I can cut from my land , although I often buy it to save time and hassle. The key is seasoned and not green, which depending on how you stack it and where, can take as long as 2-4 months or more. Recall an old timer saying "stack it so a mouse can run through it but not the cat chasing it".
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The Dryer lint idea does work great but......ours is filled with lots of Dog hair....lots and lots and LOTS of Dog Hair! Not a pleasant smell at all!!
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