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Old 07-25-2015, 08:11 PM   #1
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How do you build a fire?

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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Old 07-25-2015, 08:30 PM   #2
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I do it the old fashioned way. I never use fire starters or accelerants. I have cheated a time or two by using Fatwood, but generally I start with fine fibers of wood or bark, then gradually add larger and larger pieces of freshly split kindling. Then I begin to build a log cabin style fire around my fire. My fires start fast and burn hot.

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White Phosphorus and Napalm are always fun.




Seriously, a fire is a fire what's not cool about that?
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Never thought of it as cheating but we start with part of a duraflame firelog. Once it's started, we just put wood on top. We can start a fire with glycerine and potassium Permanganate when it's not too cold but why not make it easy and just use 1/4 of a firelog?
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Old 07-25-2015, 08:45 PM   #5
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Just lite up a road flare,throw it in the pit,then put your small pieces on top of it.
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Old 07-25-2015, 08:47 PM   #6
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Never thought of it as cheating but we start with part of a duraflame firelog. Once it's started, we just put wood on top. We can start a fire with glycerine and potassium Permanganate when it's not too cold but why not make it easy and just use 1/4 of a firelog?
Yeah just do not try to cook over it or have it in a large tent for warmth... Did that with a Duraflame log and we all had black snot for a week and all our food was covered in soot!! LOL
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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.
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Don't consider fatwood cheating. It's completely natural from stumps of pine trees. Good stuff and good use of wood that otherwise might go to waste.
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Fat lighter (wood) only way to go. Takes very little to start a fire.
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Old 07-26-2015, 07:17 AM   #10
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I admit that I don't want to fight starting a campfire so, I cheat. I use small pieces of scrap lumber and a campfire starter.
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