To Build A Fire...

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by FullClip, Feb 17, 2020.

  1. GlockerBill

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    deputy tom Gringo Viejo

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    FullClip Native Mainiac CLM

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    I've got a few of the Harbor Fright units. Have used it a few times just for fun. Ever tossed a couple whole ones in a fire?? Don't think it would be good for inside the Ashley.
     
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    I have a table saw. I make lots of kindling :D But alas no wood stove. :(
     
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    When we go camping, I have the boy go full-on boy-scout on the first fire (one of those *man stuff* things they have to learn...sometimes with char cloth, sometimes with magnesium), but then we "cheat" on the others...with these (someone on Amazon blew these out one year for like $1.25/pack, so I now have a lifetime supply):

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    It's not as bad as using lighter fluid (though I bring a quart just in case), but it's still cheating...still make the kindling teepee and build the fire in layers, so it doesn't feel like it's cheating. :)
     
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    Yup,that’s what we used to use as well. Works great.
     
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    We removed our woodstove this summer but in the time we had it we did like the quoted poster above did. That eggshell cardboard with a little kindling is a great firestarter.
     
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    cheygriz God Bless Trump

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    In my hunter safety classes, I teach Bow and drill
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    vsrious home made firestarters such as cotton ball and vaseline, or sawdust and paint thinner.

    At home, I use G-I surplus hexamine or trioxane tablets.
    In the woods, I use road flares. No need for tinder or kindling, and they will start a roaring fire in wet wood in seconds..
     
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    There is a big difference between cheating, brains and survival.

    My SIL is part native american. Every year we camp with them its "how long will it take to get the campfire going." She gets it going every time but sometimes with wet wood, damp ground or whatever 30 minutes is wasted drinking time.

    I get the idea of a challenge.

    I buy a bottle of cheap fuel, save dryer lint for months or shreaded newspaper and get that sucker roaring in minutes.

    If the coronavirus causes the world to go mad max I will worry then about bow drills and saving matches.
     
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    What's a newspaper ?
     
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    I cheat. Without apologies.
     
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    rock_castle "Give me liberty or give me death!"

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    I know. Our quiet little town has a weekly paper that is delivered every week to every home. It goes straight into the bag we take to the cabin every weekend. I'm grateful that someone forces it on me every week. There is also a local leftist paper that sits in a wire rack by the door of our grocery store. I grab a handful every chance I get. It's full of useless crap but it burns good. I don't anticipate running out any time soon.
     
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    Wow, I'm going to have to go lookin' for same of that stuff. I'm always needing fire starter !
     
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    Vaseline rubbed into cotton balls.
     
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    OP, thanks for starting this thread. I just bought another mag. bar and a ferrocium rod. tom. :fist:
     
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    cheygriz God Bless Trump

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    Mix sawdust with old used (alcohol paint thinner.) Fill a spent 20 gauge shell. Place a used 12 gauge shell over it and seal with candle wax.

    Its called a "Jackson hole hotshot."
     
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    The_Dan The underscore is silent

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    If I am starting a fire it’s because I am cold, hungry, or both. No such thing as cheating...just winning.

    I lived in beautiful but cold in the Winter Mount Pleasant, Tennessee for a year and burned a wood stove for heat. My neighbor taught me everything I know about wood stove operation and since I survived he must be a genius. He had some real sappy pine branches he splintered and dried to use as fire starter. A little nest of those sticky pine splinters would fire up quick and burn long enough to get the stove going. Get the stove burning hot and you could burn anything in there...green, wet, or dried for a season. It all made heat.
     
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    It's fun to watch people start fires on those Survivor and reality shows. On Naked and Afraid I've seen people who thought they were great at starting fires and bring just the string and bow stuff... and have a lot of trouble, especially when it's wet out.
    Dang! Just bring a magnesium fire starter kit and your blade. They had those on the OLD Survivor series, but I don't think that ANYONE ever scraped off magnesium to spark into... just used the flint with too light strikes.
    I'm sure that I'll never use it, but I bought one of those Bear Grills survival knife kits with the whetstone, whistle, magnesium/flint fire starter, and more all in place on the scabbard.
    I have a fireplace that I've never used in almost 23 years here, and I have all kinds of gear for starting fires, but I would rather use my propane backup fan/heater/blower and my propane burner for coffee. I keep 8 5-gallon cans of gas for my generator, too, so we can go SEVERAL days without power during hurricanes... with air conditioning... priorities. :D