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Old 05-04-2016, 08:54 AM   #21
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Dynamite firestarter

havent used these but just saw them in a news feed i have.

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Old 05-04-2016, 10:26 AM   #22
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Originally Posted by davidx2000 View Post
Melted paraffin in paper egg cartons with saw dust and dry lint. Easy to make, break one or two off and you're now playing with fire!

Been doing this all winter (paper egg carton stuffed tight with dryer lint and filled with melted dollar-store candle wax) and now have one of those huge plastic pretzel jars full for the season.

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Old 05-04-2016, 10:43 AM   #23
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We purchased a box of "Tumbleweeds", they work pretty awesome.
Shop Frontier Tumbleweed Firestarter 16-Pack Paraffin Wax Charcoal Starter at

We have also made some out of old candles and dryer lint using old egg containers.

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Old 05-04-2016, 10:48 AM   #24
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Dynamite firestarter

havent used these but just saw them in a news feed i have.
Oohh... I've been told I enjoy playing with dynamite!
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Old 05-12-2016, 05:52 AM   #25
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I also use the egg carton dryer lint a paraffin wax starters. I buy used candles at estate and rummage sales for cheap. usually can get a box full for a buck or two. Even if the estate sale people have them marked high just ask who's going to want to buy used candles and offer them a couple bucks for a lot of them they usually sell them rather than get stuck with them. These work excellent I can usually get my fire going with just one cube or two. My fellow campers have been amazed by them.
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Old 05-12-2016, 06:22 AM   #26
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Old 05-12-2016, 06:27 AM   #27
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Old 05-12-2016, 12:46 PM   #28
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Originally Posted by yetavon View Post
Please don't camp near me....
We always have fat lighter from stumps around the house.. can just about build a fire under water with that stuff.
Lots of judgemental folks on here. The 2 or so plastic cups that are burned burn quick and the smoke is no worse than starting a new fire. As for the diesel, we are talking about 4-5 ounces at most and it is all gone once the fire is going on its own. It is safer to store than bbq starter fluid.
Burning our paper trash to us is a lot more ecological than bringing it back home to put in a landfill. 99% of our trash is paper towels and the occasional plastic disposable cup and wrappings.

Don't worry about me camping next to you, we camp to get away from civilization and people and campgrounds with dogs barking, kids running around screaming defeats the purpose for us.

Good fire tip: We occasionally line the base of our fire ring with a couple 20lb bags of wood pellets used for wood pellet stoves-about 3.50 per 20lb bag. This gives great heat output and burn clean without having flames shooting up 3-4 feet and higher. I have had chairs, patio carpets, and clothing damaged by shooting flame sparks.
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Old 05-12-2016, 12:51 PM   #29
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Manufactured fireplace logs cut into 1/2" sections also work great.
Yep, have used those too but made the mistake of roasting marshmallows over them...these don't burn clean due to all of the wax in them ;-) That was an embarrassing beginner mistake.
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Old 05-12-2016, 01:01 PM   #30
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Originally Posted by dan-nickie View Post
A bag of Doritos works pretty good as fire starter also. Really
Cheetos...not the crunchy ones but the puffs work great as well!! Light airy and greasy...

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