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Old 03-01-2017, 08:36 PM   #61
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Using an ice tray, pack each"cubicle" with fine sawdust mixed with some melted beeswax dripped so to keep them stuck into the shape.
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Old 03-01-2017, 08:43 PM   #62
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I use safety flares..... No matches needed


Speaking of scouts though, my 9 year old grandson is in scouting and he says to save all of the dryer lint and use it to start a fire with..... Smart kid
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Old 03-26-2017, 10:05 PM   #63
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There are scouts, and there are Scouts. When my 2 boys were in scouts the troop was doing a merit badge weekend. In the snow. After dark when we got to camp. As the boys were setting up camp, Miles, the fire master, said he would get a camp fire up. 12 boys and 3 adults. I am helping my youngest set up our tent when there is a light like a flashbulb going off and a woof sound. It is instantly dark again. Then we hear out of the blackness "I'm OK". The fire paste seemed to have gotten away from him. The only damage to him was his pride. We adults acted all concerned about his methods, but in private we were like, nice.
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Old 03-26-2017, 10:24 PM   #64
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Boy, sounds like I need to step up my game. I usually only use a couple sheets of newspaper and a Bic lighter. If I'm gonna fit in around here I need to invest in some pyrotechnics.
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Old 03-26-2017, 10:27 PM   #65
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Lantern fuel comes to mind....
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Old 03-26-2017, 10:40 PM   #66
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I just take a container of used solvent from my parts washer. It burns slower than BBQ lighter and doesn't explode like gasoline. A quart will last for two weeks of lighting campfires.
An old washer drum really puts out some heat. We do a lot of cold weather camping so that really helps.
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Old 03-26-2017, 10:43 PM   #68
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When I was in the Scouts, we used a jack knife to make a fuzz stick, and we got 2 matches.



Never heard of "fire paste."
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When I was in the Scouts, we used a jack knife to make a fuzz stick, and we got 2 matches.



Never heard of "fire paste."
Still use this today! A piece of newspaper, no fuel required!

We taught the Scouts to use steel wool and 9 Volt battery.
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Old 04-14-2017, 09:12 PM   #70
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I know there was a post some time ago about fire starters but I can't find it. Anyway, I started using the Weber cubes that I use for my BBQ smokers. These burn pretty hot for about 5 minutes, plenty of time to get your kindling going. Dirt cheap to boot.

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I use saved toilet paper rolls with vaseline soaked cotton balls inserted. Just light and toss. At home, I light my charcoal chimney with fritos or doritos (1 o2 2)
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Old 05-06-2017, 08:00 AM   #71
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This thread gave me a chuckle. I use potato chips if I can't get the kindling going. Heck let's be truthful I always buy an extra bag of chips, I got kicked out of the Boy Scouts.
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This thread gave me a chuckle. I use potato chips if I can't get the kindling going. Heck let's be truthful I always buy an extra bag of chips, I got kicked out of the Boy Scouts.
For fiddling around with Brownie's maybe?
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Old 06-15-2017, 01:00 AM   #73
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Great Idea!! DW used egg cartons, wax and Animal Bedding with her Guides.
We do much the same thing except we use old socks and chunks of tee shirts in the tubes. We dip them in melted wax. they work better than anything else we've seen
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Old 06-15-2017, 03:45 AM   #74
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I'm lazy so I just use a fire starter log BUT

I have a friend who makes his own fire starter out of wood fuel pellets and the old oil from his vehicles when he changes it. He lives in the country and has fires at his place on a regular basis though.

If interested, here is the recipe
1-20 or 40 pound bag of fuel pellets
1- galvanized steel trash can
Drain oil from vehicle.

Put some pellets in the bottom of the trash can, cover with drain oil, wait till pellets suck up oil (they will double in size), place oil soaked pellets in ziplock baggies.

Add pellets to can as necessary to soak up oil. One bag of pellets will last a lifetime of camping.
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