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Old 05-15-2014, 11:33 PM   #11
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We used to throw pieces of Bell telephone wire into our campfire (again, after we were done cooking on it,) and get the same result, but only for a short time. Must be the copper.
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Old 05-15-2014, 11:53 PM   #12
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Ok, so:

1) Yeah, we've used them. Kids love them. Just need one pack in the fire to keep our 2 kids happy.
2) We can find them for $1 at the dollar store. Any more than $1.50 and you're getting ripped off.
3) As mentioned, the copper pipe is cheaper, but I like the simplicity of these. No prep work.
4) When I was a kid (~30+ years ago) there was a Scout Master in the district that worked at a place that produced paints. He used to create something along the same lines, but was able to get a whole rainbow of hues. When I use these, I'm slightly disappointed that they don't compare to his. Camping World has these Rainbow Flame Sticks - Rutland Fire Clay 715CB - Fire Pits - Camping World which produce a large range of colours, but again, still don't quite live up to the original. Much more expensive so I use the cheap dollar store ones for just our kids and I'll use the CW ones when we have a group campfire with lots of people.
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Old 05-16-2014, 12:25 AM   #13
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Copper makes the blue flames, If your bored some day make a pile of filings from an old copper pipe and throw them in a fire you will see the blue. I got the same stuff at the local drug store in a soda bottle size container for $5 a week ago.
how to make the stuff yourself
How to Make a Pit Fire Change Color | eHow
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Old 05-16-2014, 06:11 AM   #14
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Copper actually makes a green flame.
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Old 05-16-2014, 07:32 AM   #15
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Want a really wild fire?
Two words.

Magnesium rod......

Ps wear your sun glasses or your favorite welding helmet!

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Old 05-16-2014, 08:22 AM   #16
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Want a really wild fire?
Two words.

Magnesium rod......

Ps wear your sun glasses or your favorite welding helmet!

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My dad was a metallurgist (metal chemist) and brought home some magnesium fires starters his co-worker was trying to perfect. They were about the size of a charcoal briquette.

At the time it was a bit too hot. If lit on the trunk lid of a car it would not have stopped burning until it hit the gas tank.
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Old 05-16-2014, 08:36 AM   #17
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Take 6-8 inch long half inch piece of copper water pipe, drill 1/8 inch or so holes up and down and all around it. Take a 6-8 inch piece of old rubber garden hose that is no good anymore (any type or version will work) and slice it in half. Slide the garden hose half (any type) into the copper pipe and slide it into a campfire on one side and slide another premade pipe into the fire on the other side. In less than two minutes the whole campfire will be a rainbow of colors and will last more that an hour. The copper interjects with the rubber to cause some kind of reaction and flows through the teepeed wood. The pipes do not put out any black smoke or fowl smell. In the morning after the fire has cooled down, pull out your pipe and straighten the out the pipe. a very hot fire may distort them and after a few camp fires the copper pipe will become brittle and cave in, use as many times as you can. The burnt garden hose will still be in the pipe and will need to be knocked out. The next time you want a colorful fire reuse the copper pipe and insert a new (old) piece of garden hose. I have 6-8 pieces of pre-drilled pipes and a bunch of pre-cut hose in a bag stored away when needed.

I have seen at some RV store sell pine cones sprinkled with copper shaving and it does close (but not as good) the same thing.
Sorry, I'm more of the visual type. It sounds like you need two 6 - 8" pipes, is that right?
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Sorry, I'm more of the visual type. It sounds like you need two 6 - 8" pipes, is that right?
One pipe for one side of the fire and one pipe for the other side. This will allow the fire to have an even flow of the copper reaction.

My one post I put to use a half inch pipe size. I should have said a one inch pipe size.... easier to stuff the rubber hose in and lasts for many more uses.
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One pipe for one side of the fire and one pipe for the other side. This will allow the fire to have an even flow of the copper reaction.

My one post I put to use a half inch pipe size. I should have said a one inch pipe size.... easier to stuff the rubber hose in and lasts for many more uses.
Thanks, I'm going to try it. Kids would love it.
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My dad was a metallurgist (metal chemist) and brought home some magnesium fires starters his co-worker was trying to perfect. They were about the size of a charcoal briquette.

At the time it was a bit too hot. If lit on the trunk lid of a car it would not have stopped burning until it hit the gas tank.
We used to get mag logs off of the pipeline when they discarded them ......
Man was that fun!

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