Easy, offbeat fire starters

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Re: Easy, offbeat fire starters

Postby mrsteve » Tue Jan 20, 2015 9:30 pm

When my ex wife got angry she could start fires with the lightning bolts that shot from her eyes :shock:
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Re: Easy, offbeat fire starters

Postby felixx » Tue Jan 20, 2015 11:36 pm

I took some students tramping last year and we went to light a camp fire.
I was collecting cones etc and came back to see one use a spraycan of deodorant and a lighter!

Worked a treat

(I know it is dangerous so no need for big long rants - kid had his spraycan and lighter confiscated)
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Re: Easy, offbeat fire starters

Postby dales133 » Wed Jan 21, 2015 3:20 am

My fire lighters of choice for the bbq are the redheads recycled cardboard ones.
Recycled so good for the environment, no solvents or petrochemicals, no odor or taste in food, can be completely saturated (I left some in the rain for 5 days) and dry out perfectly
If you don't have that brand there look for the same style of recycled product
Forgot to mention super easy to light even if been wet prior and biodegradable so not bad karma tossing them either
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Re: Easy, offbeat fire starters

Postby backstrap bandit » Thu Jan 22, 2015 9:16 pm

Still like liquid nail and no it doesn't stink at all
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Re: Easy, offbeat fire starters

Postby HornD » Mon Jan 26, 2015 2:32 pm

Paper Egg Crates
Wood Shaving from Table saw or Planer (better) or paper shredder
1 Gallon tin can (double Boiler Best)
Unused junk candles. (garage sales or ask your friends)
Strike Anywhere Matches
Stanley Razor Utility Knife

1. Fill egg cartons till overflowing and tamp down in each hole, repeat and fill till level with top
2. Heat wax (I use woodstove) Hot is best, smoking is bad, bend pouring spout in can.
3. Fill each compartment with wax till level with top (wax should seep into carton cardboard).
4. Let cool for a few minutes then push strike anywhere match in each one.
5. Let setup complete (overnight) then cut using Stanley Razor Knife
6. Burn all the ones you don't like.
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Re: Easy, offbeat fire starters

Postby bobhenry » Tue Jan 27, 2015 7:14 am

I have added the fines left over at the bottom of the charcoal bag to the same set up above.

It may be wishful thinking but they seem to burn a bit longer.

At least I don't string the dust all over when the bag is tossed :)
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Re: Easy, offbeat fire starters

Postby Mr shorty » Tue Jan 27, 2015 3:15 pm

I use a couple different styles depending on weather and NEED for fire.

We seal up cotton balls and petroleum jelly inside of straw tubes, cut the end on one and drag out just a bit and strike a mag firestriker and it lights very fast and about a 4 inch length will burn for about 5 minutes and easily light normal wood. oh and we also use the sealed up straws to save aspirin, seasonings, and all kinds of small stuff dry.

I have 90% rubbing alcohol or HEAT packed in camping gear and cut the lower half of a coke can and then set it under the kindling, fill with heat/alcohol and let it burn, will burn plenty long to have a great fire.

I do have a small paint can style can that we got new without anything in it. I packed it with lint, cotton balls with jelly, and stuffed in two pine cones, pour wax over it all and added a few strings for lighting and then seal the can. I have had this can for about two yrs and have not yet had the need for it yet.

Last ditch effort, will get any fire going and burns even longer than the last method, we use either a half gallon sized metal can, roll of toilet paper, and a mixture of heat and diesel fuel. TP in can first, soak with mixture, then strike match and stack wet logs or kindling on top of and you will have a fire.
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Re: Easy, offbeat fire starters

Postby 39Ratrod » Mon Feb 16, 2015 8:31 pm

Me and a buddy went camping in the Snowy's while down in Laramie at Tech school. Had no fire starter of any sort. I pulled the fuel line off the carb, cranked it over to soak some paper towels, hooked the jumpercables to the battery and arced the leads. BOOM instant fire.
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Re: Easy, offbeat fire starters

Postby mrsteve » Thu Feb 26, 2015 9:20 am

"Me and a buddy went camping in the Snowy's while down in Laramie at Tech school. Had no fire starter of any sort. I pulled the fuel line off the carb, cranked it over to soak some paper towels, hooked the jumpercables to the battery and arced the leads. BOOM instant fire"

And you didn't blow out the diodes in your alternator?
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Re: Easy, offbeat fire starters

Postby Wolffarmer » Thu Feb 26, 2015 9:15 pm

mrsteve wrote: And you didn't blow out the diodes in your alternator?


Doesn't bother the alternator one bit. Why should it? Taking power directly from the battery to the jumper cable. Alternator is completely unaware what is going on. I have done this hundreds of times to probably close to a hundred different vehicles ( maybe over 100 ) no problems at all damaging the alternator.

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Re: Easy, offbeat fire starters

Postby GerryS » Sun Mar 01, 2015 12:52 pm

Boom hopefully wasn't the operative word.

Gasoline us too unpredictable for me....

Can't beat good ol bushcraft. Feather stick or cotton fluff from a sock if no other tinder is available....gasoline, white gas, and alcohol just bother me when a match or flint is available.

True emergency? Ok. Different discussion. But relying as a go-to...there are better choices.
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Re: Easy, offbeat fire starters

Postby Wolffarmer » Sun Mar 01, 2015 2:28 pm

Better but does make as good of videos
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Re: Easy, offbeat fire starters

Postby BobBash » Tue Apr 07, 2015 11:17 am

I heat our home solely with a wood stove & have used a LOT of kindling over the years .A while back I started using these ............

http://www.supercedar.com/

No more kindling , they start very easy with a match & burn for a long time . Long enough to ignite larger pieces of dry wood on fire . I don't use any more kindling at all . They can easily be broken into 1/3's or 1/4ths ...............
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Re: Easy, offbeat fire starters

Postby deleted » Tue Aug 25, 2015 7:32 am

Not sure what the odds are that you'd have all of this on hand if you didn't bring a lighter or matches but thought this was neat and worth a try if haven't eaten all of your chocolate before you realize you have nothing to start your fire with. According to this you need the items shown below +sun, some elbow grease, and patience. :thinking:

http://blog.allstate.com/how-to-light-a-campfire-without-a-match/?cid=CSY-PB-ZM-PA-outbrain_com:Lighting-A-Campfire-With-A-Soda-Can-Heres-How&_z1_msid=outbrain&_z1_adgid=233

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Re: Easy, offbeat fire starters

Postby Wolffarmer » Tue Aug 25, 2015 9:35 pm

I would use the chocolate to bribe a kid to run a fire bow.

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