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Old 07-27-2015, 09:50 PM   #81
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Pile of charcoal, lighter fluid, and stack split logs on it. Light and enjoy. Recently bought the big red campfire. Not sure I'm going back to the old ways.
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Old 07-27-2015, 09:59 PM   #82
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Pile of charcoal, lighter fluid, and stack split logs on it. Light and enjoy. Recently bought the big red campfire. Not sure I'm going back to the old ways.
This X2, if you're at a campground this is the the easiest way, no need to go all survivalist unless you're out in the woods and have to make a fire from scratch.

If you do want to make a fire from scratch, small pieces mixed with wood shavings and some steel wool and a couple of batteries gets things started pretty easy.
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Old 07-28-2015, 02:39 AM   #83
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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!
Fatwood appears to be a brand name for a commercial product. Speaking generically, I always heard of that kind of wood referred to as lighter knots.
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Old 07-28-2015, 07:14 AM   #84
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I've been camping for years and i've always used fire starter blocks. I cut them into little pieces. I then take my little hatchet and using my hammer, i pound on the hatchet to cut my wood into little kindle. I place a few pieces of fire starter on a flat kindle in the middle of the fire pit. After lighting the fire starter i then build a cage around the burning fire with the kindle, building a cage around it. I build the cage making sure the fire reaches the kindle. After a short time i can add the larger pieces of wood. Works every time.
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Old 07-28-2015, 07:35 AM   #85
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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.
Kerosene works well also !!!
Keep it in a Charcoal Bottle !!!
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Old 07-28-2015, 07:48 AM   #86
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THIS IS KINDA NEAT. Google "Swedish torch ".
What also makes a GREAT campfire is if you can find a tree that has died from inside out,,, it will burn like a chimney !!!
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Old 07-28-2015, 08:03 AM   #87
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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!!
This is why we still carry a drying rack or line dry our dog.
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Old 07-28-2015, 09:22 AM   #88
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Some paper, some kindling, some small and medium wood pieces and my trusty propane torch.
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I pour the morning bacon fat into a double paper cup and stuff the paper towels to drain the bacon into the cup. I put it under the kindling and it has never failed to strt up the fire.
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Plus it smells soooo good! I like it.
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