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Old 11-24-2018, 10:33 PM   #1
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Fire building

My new favorite tool for starting the camp fire is the cordless blower, saves time and lighter fluid. It's amazing how fast you can get a nice fire going with a little forced air.
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Old 11-25-2018, 07:10 AM   #2
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I have one that goes on the back of my tractor. 28 inches on diameter 2800 RPMs you ought to see what it will do to a brush pile that is half as big as a camper.
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Old 11-25-2018, 07:46 AM   #3
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My wife saves meat drippings. I use it as fire starter, a little crumpled newspaper and a few pieces of dryer lint, presto, fire in a hurry.
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Old 11-25-2018, 10:20 AM   #4
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We have sometimes used a battery powered pump used for inflating rafts and air mattresses. Works great. Also gets that charcoal grill going in no time.
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Old 12-03-2018, 10:13 AM   #5
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A blower and ( Fat Wood ) starter sticks and almost fool proof. No kindling or paper needed. An auto start propane torch also works well.
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Old 12-03-2018, 10:43 AM   #6
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I have found that a road flare works really good especially with wet wood,
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Old 12-03-2018, 02:58 PM   #7
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I have found that a road flare works really good especially with wet wood,

same here.
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Old 12-03-2018, 06:51 PM   #8
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Camped with a different GS Chapter once and they used a gallon of Diesel Fuel and a Propane Blow Torch to start their camp fire.
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Old 12-03-2018, 08:55 PM   #9
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A gallon? Wow! I used to use diesel to start my brush pile fires at my “farm”. But I only used a quart or so and it would take off pretty fast.
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Old 12-04-2018, 07:53 AM   #10
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Ranger training - one match = fire!
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Old 12-04-2018, 09:37 AM   #11
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I use my old motor oil for brush piles
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Old 12-04-2018, 09:57 AM   #12
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I made the mistake once many years ago of using some used cooking oil to start a campfire. Black smoke every where until it burned off.
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Old 12-09-2018, 03:29 PM   #13
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My favorite fire starter is to use the old oil and grease soaked rags from my shop. I keep them in a METAL bucket, and when we go camping, set them aside for use. Usually only takes one rag to get things going good. Recently though, I've been using pieces of dense foam seat material. I redid the seats in our vintage military ambulance, and cut the old foam up in small pieces. Boy does it work good as a fire starter......!!
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Old 12-09-2018, 04:31 PM   #14
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Just be careful with the dark smoke. This can cause someone to come running to see what you are burning. There are those environmentalist that get quite upset and may turn you in. As for me, where's the match.
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Old 12-09-2018, 05:36 PM   #15
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I use about a half gallon of gas and a stick with a gas soaked rag on the end to light my brush pile. Stand back 50 or 100 feet light the stick and toss it on. Whoom it’s burning instantly. I do it while it’s snowing because you can’t see it from where we left and in the snow I’m not going to set something on fire.
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Old 12-09-2018, 06:07 PM   #16
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Just be careful with the dark smoke. This can cause someone to come running to see what you are burning. There are those environmentalist that get quite upset and may turn you in. As for me, where's the match.

True that. However, I've learned how to do it with minimal smoke. Stack the kindling wood teepee style, then have the rag in the middle of that. Light it off. The wood gets to burning fast and that "burns" the smoke from the rag. Very quickly I wind up with just plain wood smoke, and very little of that. The ones to watch are the people who don't know how to build a fire, try to start with too big of pieces, damp wood (here in the NW) try to use newspaper, and just can't get it going good. I've seen a LOT of smoke from the "attempts" to get a fire going.
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Old 12-09-2018, 08:02 PM   #17
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Recently though, I've been using pieces of dense foam seat material. I redid the seats in our vintage military ambulance, and cut the old foam up in small pieces. Boy does it work good as a fire starter......!!
Wow, that could be truly obnoxious toxic smoke! I can agree with the oil-soaked rags, but foam - not so much!
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Old 12-10-2018, 06:53 AM   #18
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Ya'll are pyromaniacs. Thanks for the laughs.
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