Just discovered the best fire starter!

Discussion in 'Campfires and Firewood' started by hvac1877, Oct 12, 2008.

  1. hvac1877

    hvac1877 Old Dominion Iron Chefs Highland Springs, Va

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    I was camping at a friends campout at her farm and a fellow camper showed me this fire starter<img src="http://inlinethumb50.webshots.com/11761/2080308870103256220S500x500Q85.jpg" border=0>

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  2. hvac1877

    hvac1877 Old Dominion Iron Chefs Highland Springs, Va

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    Just place the gel on the wood and light. It really burns hot and gets the fire going fast and the bottle was $8 at walmart. I guess this bottle would last about 4 months with starting 2 fires per weekend. Does not need alot and it lights fast.

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  3. Mr_Custom

    Mr_Custom Member

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    I don't know about that.... sounds too easy. I am not sure what I would do if I didn't have to chop kindling, crumble newspaper (that I usually forget :), blow until I almost pass out and feed in more kindling....

    I have to check and see if Walmart in Canada sells this stuff...

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  4. xxxapache

    xxxapache Well-Known Member

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    I usually just save the old oil outta one of my vehicles, pour in the gallon jug the new oil comes in, and then take it camping. It's free.
     
  5. RJinTO

    RJinTO New Member

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    Old canoe trippers trick: Saturate 4 or 5 cotton balls with vaseline, light it up and save yourself a whole lot of noxious fumes and frustration. The whole idea is to generate heat rather than a huge flame.

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  6. jeepmaniowa

    jeepmaniowa New Member

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    Sometimes I use dryer lint. Other times I cheat and use charcoal lighter fluid. And a few Matchlight charcoal briquets.

    However, I might check into the gel stuff. It's nice to have options. :)

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  7. kmh1596

    kmh1596 Wilbraham, MA

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    The small fire starters you pick up at Wal-Mart for 50 cents each (I paid $7 for a case of 24). They are long almost brick like, which you break up into smaller pieces, and light under the wood. Haven't failed me yet, and I've only used about 2/3 of the box, the WHOLE season.

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  8. theraceshop

    theraceshop Belchertown, MA

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    I have found that Antiseptic handrub works great. It is just like starting fluid. Where I work I have unlimited supply.<img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_approve.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Approve">

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  9. mostlyok

    mostlyok We're Mostly OK!

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    We discovered something new to us at our State Park camping store. It is basically a paraffin wax 'candle' that has lots of wood particles embedded. I think the wood had been soaked in charcoal lighter or something similar. The wood pieces were like large sawdust, or small wood chips. I might try to make some at home.

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  10. windjammer

    windjammer Rather be Camping. "All that wonder are not lost!"

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    Do you have to store this in a special place?
    Thanks.
     
  11. West Coast Canuck

    West Coast Canuck Jumped to the dark side ......

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    I use the fire gel too. Works awesome without fumes. I buy it at Canadian Tire

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  12. Coastie6

    Coastie6 New Member

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    Looks good, but I hate transporting flammable liquid in the PUP or TV. I'm with kmh1596 on the small fire starter logs at Wal-Mart. Small, clean, light and they will start a fire in the rain. Better yet, at our local store they just dropped the price on a case another $2.00!

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    Edited by - Coastie6 on October 19 2008 22:16:15
     
  13. yakman4

    yakman4 Camping here I come.

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    Another good trick is to use the carpenters best friend. Good ole LIQUID NAILS. Burns well, won't tip over in truck and a tube will last for quite a few fires and when empty the tube burns as well.

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  14. traindude

    traindude ORYGUN

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    I like to make my own its just seems a little funner that way

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  15. HeavyT

    HeavyT New Member

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    Fritos work really well. I just crumb them up and light them in the foil bag (helps the wind not blow them out. they burn slow and hot they will dry out wet wood and get it going! you wont win any fire starting races but it works well and is not "dangerous" to keep around!

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  16. la_picker

    la_picker New Member

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    An empty plastic softdrink or water bottle also makes a great fire starter.

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  17. punkindad

    punkindad New Member

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    I haven't used a fire starter in at least 25 years. I like the challenge of doing it the old fashioned way, it just takes a little prep work but works every time.

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  18. hvac1877

    hvac1877 Old Dominion Iron Chefs Highland Springs, Va

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    I like the gel when you have wet wood. After a rain and the kindle is wet pour on the gel and you will have a nice hot fire.

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  19. lawniz

    lawniz New Member

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    i hope no one really uses motor oil in a fire, that contaminates the ring for the next people using the site. people make foodoff those fires.kids eat that food.
     
  20. Twisty

    Twisty New Member

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    I agree with lawniz - PLEASE do not burn plastics or oil.

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