Originally Posted by bradnailer
All these suggestions are cool but I'm sort of fond of the WHOOSH you get when throwing a match on kindling and logs drenched in Coleman fuel. Never was a very good Boy Scout. ha!
However, I normally use the fire starter bricks.
Right idea.... wrong fuel source.
I change my own oil and filters and reuse the oil for several things. One thing is to help start my camp fire. Driving a Diesel, I always have a full 5 gal can in the truck.
I was a very good Boy Scout and the idea is not to work hard, but to work smart. I will Teepee my camp fire the way I want with an 'all nighter log on one side, mixing green and dry wood. I will pull back several dry logs and pour a little oil on the underside of the log/branch. Then I will pour a little Diesel on the top side of the dry wood. (DO NOT USE GAS OR Coleman fuel. Gas ((vapor)) will burn fast and will explode, Diesel has no vapor and will burn slow and hot.
)) I then stuff a little paper in the middle of my Teepee and light it. The flame will move up to the Diesel, lighting it and the Diesel will get good and hot and light the oil. In less than two minutes a perfect camp fire. The dry wood will burn hot and the green wood will slow down the burning process. Depending on how the fire is burning will dictate what combination of dry and green wood is added through the 'camp fire time'.
To have a 'colorful' blue/green/purple/orange flicking fire,
I will take two 6 inch copper pipes
, drilled full of holes and stuffed with a short length of old water hose and shove into opposite sides of the fire.