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Old 05-13-2012, 09:19 PM   #1
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besides cooking and warmth.........

Besides using copper and a magnesium rod.

What is your favorite fire "pleaser" ?

Just am sitting by the fire tonight and I was wondering what everyones favorite fire special affect was?

Has anyone found one to last a few hours?

Homemade?

Worth the wow factor?
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we like to soak pinecones in epsom salt and let them dry........... they don't last long...... give a brighter orange glow......... and they just look nice......
My other favorite fire pleaser is roasted PEEPS!!!
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Old 05-13-2012, 09:29 PM   #3
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Are roasted peeps better than non-roasted peeps?
Hope so I dont like peeps very well.
Lol do you save them from Easter?
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they are 100% better than unroasted peeps........... Halloween, Christmas, Easter, valentines day............. a friend bought way too many and shared. I have probably 30 packages in my RV. I share them They are also good on smore's. They chocolate and peppermint ones are yummy!!!!!
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Mix sawdust, wax, and a variety of salts, and you can make all kinds of colors. Salts of Copper and Calcium make the prettiest IMO.

chemistry of fireworks - chemicals in fireworks - fireworks colors
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Mix sawdust, wax, and a variety of salts, and you can make all kinds of colors. Salts of Copper and Calcium make the prettiest IMO.

chemistry of fireworks - chemicals in fireworks - fireworks colors
I will have to try that. We made fire starters with sawdust and wax............ who wudda thunk to put in salt there??? nope not me!!!! Will save that page for next year thanks Herk............
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Thanks Lou I will read up for sure!
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Besides using copper and a magnesium rod.

What is your favorite fire "pleaser" ?

Just am sitting by the fire tonight and I was wondering what everyones favorite fire special affect was?

Has anyone found one to last a few hours?

Homemade?

Worth the wow factor?
You're camping tonight, Turbo?

You lucky dog!

So your looking to beat the old garden hose in copper pipe trick? I don't know of any that last long. I've been thinking of making up water softener salt or borax in wax in paper cups for this season. Those should last awhile if i keep throwing them in.
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The wax, sawdust, and salts are most of a "Railroad Flare" They just add an oxidizer (normally Potassium Perchlorate) to the mix so it will burn in the rain.
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You're camping tonight, Turbo?

You lucky dog!

So your looking to beat the old garden hose in copper pipe trick? I don't know of any that last long. I've been thinking of making up water softener salt or borax in wax in paper cups for this season. Those should last awhile if i keep throwing them in.
Sittin by the fire as we speak life is good !

Let me know how that works!
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While I still enjoy an evening campfire, I've seen enough fire close-up that I'll pass on any "special effects".

That said, when I was a boy, and used to camp in the Adirondacks with my parents, there was a factory nearby that made the hardwood handles for hand saws. My Dad would go there ther first day in-camp, and they would FILL the back of the pick-up with little hardwood scraps, for $5. Of course, that was back in the '60's and '70's.... We would build hardwood fires with coalbeds so hot that we would melt glass. The "adults" (in age only, not behavior) would toss their empty beer cans in the fire, and they would slag right into the pit.....
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Well as always practicing safe fire technique is first and foremost!
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