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Old 09-06-2013, 04:56 PM   #31
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all you need is firewood that has been cut for a year and couple of pages of newspaper and it will start let the firewwod go for a year and you will be fine
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Old 09-06-2013, 10:47 PM   #32
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We grew up in the UK in the 1950's, where home heating was by coal fires. It's relatively easy to start a fire if you have the right stuff, even if it's coal. Wood is a LOT easier.

We carry wood kindling - sticks of dry wood that have been cut to length (about 12") and split to be fairly slender (maybe 3/4 " square or so. We make up starters out of last Sunday's newspaper by rolling about 8 of the double pages and tying them into a loose knot.

Put the paper starters in the fireplace, lay the kindling in a "tent" shape over them and light the paper. Once the kindling starts to burn, add your logs, initially also in a pyramid shape. Within 10 minutes you'll have a good fire and can rearrange the logs for best effect.

It doesn't take any dangerous flammables and it's very reliable. Since the method will light a coal fire, wood doesn't present a problem. I've always wondered what the rangers would say if I started a coal fire in a CG fire pit! The initial smoke is pretty obnoxious for the first 10 minutes (lots of sulfur), but once it's going, it's pretty clean. It also burns for about 90 minutes on a single load of coal and doesn't need a lot of rearranging like a log fire does.
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Old 09-10-2013, 11:13 PM   #33
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Old 09-11-2013, 12:04 PM   #34
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I just roll four to five sheets of paper diagonally (make sure paper is tight as possible) then I just tied them in a knot as many times as possible (usually two or three). Put three or four under kindling, lit and BAMMM!!!!!!!!!!! nice fire.

I stack my wood by laying two pieces down then two more the opposite way. I then add kindling in the middle with tightly knoted paper.

Works like a champ....
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Old 09-11-2013, 12:18 PM   #35
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I guess I'm lazy, I use one of these. A handful of small twigs, 4 or 5 thumb size limbs and 2 or 3 pieces of firewood and I've got fire within a minute or two.
You're not lazy, you've just taken a lot of the difficulty out of it. I have been using one of these for years:
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Old 09-11-2013, 12:25 PM   #36
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I use pieces of a duraflame fire starter log along with some kindling (as described above). I enjoy starting the fire and working with it...usually. When I am not in the mood, I have found charcoal lighter fluid to be an excellent replacement for patients and hard work
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I just picked this up. Can't wait to try it out. Might be a little over the top but I like a fast fire starter.

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You're not lazy, you've just taken a lot of the difficulty out of it. I have been using one of these for years:
Nothing wrong with taking some of the work out of it. I can always revert to matches and kindling etc. if I'm feeling ambitious.
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I just picked this up. Can't wait to try it out. Might be a little over the top but I like a fast fire starter.

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rich pine. a walk in the woods will take you to pine stumps galore that are rotted out. usually a stiff kick to the center and the "heart" is the hardest part and hottest. old pine logs that are rotted also if you simply kick the dead wood off you come to the heart, core of the pine and it is distinctive orangish color and strong odor of turpentine...that's the source for it. burns very hot, starts in a blizzard or flood.
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