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new campfire technique

Postby Q » Tue Jul 12, 2005 9:40 pm

To make a "cowboy candle" take a round of firewood, preferably about double the normal 16 inches in length. Stand on end and cut 2 or more slots similar to how you would cut a pizza. Cut about 3/4 of the way down. Harder wood requires more slots than soft wood. Squirt a little BBQ lighter fluid into the center then light. The slots allow air flow that will keep it burning. Works great! Here are a couple pics.

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PS: You can set a pan or pot right on top of it and use it for cooking.
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Postby SteveH » Tue Jul 12, 2005 10:22 pm

That's pretty cool! Thanks, Q.
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Postby backwoodsman » Fri Jul 15, 2005 10:12 pm

When we are cutting wood, we will fight over the hollow logs. In the evening, as the crowd grows around the campfire, we will stand the hollow "chimney" log on top of a bed of coals. The fire will soon be shooting out of the hollow center like a rocket. It is a pretty site. You need to be real careful if you are going to cook on it. It gets very hot. I ruined some good chicken like that once. :x

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Re: new campfire technique

Postby cs_whypt2 » Tue Feb 28, 2006 7:29 pm

Q wrote:To make a "cowboy candle" take a round of firewood, preferably about double the normal 16 inches in length. Stand on end and cut 2 or more slots similar to how you would cut a pizza. Cut about 3/4 of the way down. Harder wood requires more slots than soft wood. Squirt a little BBQ lighter fluid into the center then light. The slots allow air flow that will keep it burning. Works great! Here are a couple pics.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v499/QDM/candle2.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v499/QDM/candle.jpg

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PS: You can set a pan or pot right on top of it and use it for cooking.


That is awesome!
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Postby IndyTom » Wed Mar 01, 2006 7:13 am

That is so kewl :R

I am going to have to try that this weekend at home. I have two young boys and when I do things like that they think Dad is the coolest. I wanna keep that illusion going for as long as possible. :lol:
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Postby TomS » Wed Mar 01, 2006 7:23 am

IndyTom wrote:I am going to have to try that this weekend at home. I have two young boys and when I do things like that they think Dad is the coolest. I wanna keep that illusion going for as long as possible. :lol:


If you really want to impress them, check out this site. Be sure to scroll down and look at the videos. Now THAT'S a firestarter!
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Postby IndyTom » Wed Mar 01, 2006 10:39 pm

Living in Indiana, I have seen that guy on the local news. I am also a chemist. My personal opinion is that this guy is a nut. LOX scares me and I am not afraid to admit it. It has a bad habit of making things flammable or explosive that you would never think of being dangerous. However, I am a closet pyromaniac and those fireworks are awesome. I just dont have the stones to try it myself.
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Postby Q » Wed Mar 01, 2006 11:53 pm

One of my friends sometimes brings a bowling ball cannon along on camping trips. It makes a big BOOM and shoots the ball several hundred yards. I captured this pic using the movie mode in my digital camera.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v499/QDM/cannon.jpg

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IndyTom wrote:Living in Indiana, I have seen that guy on the local news. I am also a chemist. My personal opinion is that this guy is a nut. LOX scares me and I am not afraid to admit it. It has a bad habit of making things flammable or explosive that you would never think of being dangerous. However, I am a closet pyromaniac and those fireworks are awesome. I just dont have the stones to try it myself.
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Postby bledsoe3 » Thu Mar 02, 2006 3:34 am

I bet that thing makes a hell of a boom when it goes off!
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Postby Chip » Thu Mar 02, 2006 6:22 am

since this thread went to shooters,, try a search on back yard balistics,, or potatoe guns,,, these can be put together for les than 30 bucks and I can launch a inch and a half tater about 300 yards with aqua net hair spray,,

they make an impressive sound when fired off,, most campgrounds frown on them though,, dang it

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Postby asianflava » Thu Mar 02, 2006 4:44 pm

I was just looking at some trebuchet plans the other day.
http://www.ripcord.ws/plans/plans.html
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Postby Ma3tt » Thu Mar 02, 2006 6:24 pm

I smell seige machines!!

here is our medium size tre my son and I built we also have desktop ones that make for interesting food fights. this one will launch a tennis ball or water balloon about 75 feet


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Postby asianflava » Thu Mar 02, 2006 7:45 pm

heh heh heh That's why I was looking at trebuchet plans. A friend posted those vid clips on his website. I complained that it was a lame trebuchet. I like the size of the one you have pictured. That's probably the size I'd make. Not too big and not too small. I can stuff it up in the attic to store it.
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Postby Ma3tt » Thu Mar 02, 2006 9:06 pm

My son and I basically look to launch things we have a air pressured potato gun that will shoot a 3/4" plug or paint ball 250' It took about an hour to make but it is way fun. Another fun thing to do is use your propane torch (unlit) to blow bubbles with near the campfire.
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Postby Q » Thu Mar 02, 2006 10:29 pm

Here's another one that's good around the camp fire:

Get about 20' of 1.25" diameter clear vinyl tubeing at the hardware store. You'll also need a propane torch with a built in trigger type lighter. Stretch the tubing out between several people. Fill the tube with propane/air mixture from the unlit propane torch for a few seconds, then click the sparker. A blue flame front will woosh through the tube, while also making an interesting sound. You can also spark both ends at once so the flame fronts meet in the middle. Looks really cool in the dark or near dark. The tubing doesn't even get warm.

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