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Old 07-27-2015, 10:29 AM   #71
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Originally Posted by MaineCampingFan View Post
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.
I should have added that on occasion during these checkpoints, MFS has offered to "exchange" out-of-state firewood with firewood from Maine.

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Old 07-27-2015, 10:47 AM   #72
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Fatwood is the best way with some pinecones or pinestraw a close 2nd.

Flybob's solution works as well - but I don't like using petroleum products.

If you want to use an accelerant, the best stuff out there is unscented hand sanatizer squirted on the kindeling wood. Best thing out there, but be careful when lighting: the flame is almost invisible.

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Old 07-27-2015, 11:21 AM   #73
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We're brand new to camping (and a brand new member) and I've never even heard of Fatwood. I gotta give this a try!
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Old 07-27-2015, 11:32 AM   #74
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Great stuff. Readily available here in the south.
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Old 07-27-2015, 12:21 PM   #75
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Pick the wood you want to use and pour a small amount of diesel fuel on it and in a short time you have a fire. I say diesel fuel as you wont get the huge flash you get when using straight gas. Diesel burns hot and I have been able to get a fire going even with wood left out in the elements.

If you are going to cook over the fire then i would opt for newspaper to get the fire going.

Diesel fuel has worked wonders for me. I keep a small gas jug of it by the fire and when I'm ready for a fire I pour and lite it. Works great.
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Old 07-27-2015, 07:54 PM   #76
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I can't believe there is almost 80 post on campfire building. So, maybe I am confused by the OP's question. Is it the fact he can not get the wood lit? The fire doesn't burn hot or the fire smokes too much?
Some of the responses would seem to indicate there is enjoyment for the "art" of making fire while others like myself, put some charcoal lighter fluid on dry logs and have fire in 30 seconds or less. Some very expensive and time consuming, some cheap, fast and easy and others only light the fire with a wooden match after gathering the perfect stages of sized kindling. To each his own as long as the result is the same, enjoy a nice warm fire but not sure if we addressed the OP's question.
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Old 07-27-2015, 08:05 PM   #77
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Wish the guy 3 sites from me last wknd read this thread. I think he was teaching his son how to build a fire. Had to put mine out and go inside and close windows as smoke was so thick.

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Old 07-27-2015, 08:34 PM   #78
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I've started fires old school for over 40 years. No more! Now I pile the wood and stick the end of a 1lb propane into the pile. No more screwing around!
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THIS IS KINDA NEAT. Google "Swedish torch ".
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Old scouting method I learned. It is a compilation of several items mentioned. Basically starts in the fall. I put a grocery bag next to the dryer to put the lint in. Throughout the winter as DW burns those Yankee Candles, I save them when they burn out. As we get closer to spring, I save a couple of the cardboard egg cartons. I heat up the empty jars in the oven. Stuff the egg cartons full of lint (and yes, some with dog hair) and then poor the wax over it (if indoors, make sure you put newspaper down for the mess). Let cool, break into chunks, and stuff in gallon zip lock bags. I've used the citronella candle wax too, but that stays a little soft.


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