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Old 08-26-2005, 06:49 AM   #15
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Hmmmm

I am suprised that I have not seen any one mention those sawdust bricks that are on sale every year at the end of winter at stores like HD or Wally world.

I think these are the most economical readily available and sure fire way to get it going. CHEAP too!

I keep a package of them with me in the camper. About a dozen or so bricks in a package.
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I am suprised that I have not seen any one mention those sawdust bricks that are on sale every year at the end of winter at stores like HD or Wally world.

I think these are the most economical readily available and sure fire way to get it going. CHEAP too!

I keep a package of them with me in the camper. About a dozen or so bricks in a package.
They're good eatin' too, and keep you regular.
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Old 08-26-2005, 08:04 AM   #17
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Simply adapt the method used at the world charcoal grill starting championships. Soak the wood in an open top dewar of liquid oxygen. Once it stops bubbling, pull the wood out, put it in the fire ring, throw the match, and RUN! Campfire in 0.3 seconds.
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Old 08-26-2005, 10:50 AM   #18
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home-made sawdust logs

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I am suprised that I have not seen any one mention those sawdust bricks that are on sale every year at the end of winter at stores like HD or Wally world.
Gotta admit I've got a neighbor who makes home-made sawdust bricks. Here's his really cheap recipe: Go to garage sales, you'll always find someone selling really big candles for ten to twenty five cents. Buy a couple of pounds worth. Get sawdust from your own shop or a neighbors. Melt the wax in an old coffee can over the dying ashes of a barbecue or propane torch. Add the sawdust. If you can find cardboard egg cartons, use them as molds for the bricks - just break them apart and toss on the fire. If you can't find cardboard egg cartons, set up empty toilet paper rolls on a board and fill half way. (Somebody HAD to find a use for TP rolls, didn't they?) When cold, store in a bag and use one or two as needed.

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Save Your dryer lint and use to ignite the kindling. Youll be suprised how well it works.
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Old 08-26-2005, 03:24 PM   #20
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Last weekend I noticed to my disgust we forgot the firelogs, you know...the self starting kind, just light the paper?

So with the great american ingenuity I poured some lantern fuel in the wood to soak while I went to the generator and took some good ole 10-40w. Poured a little oil across the logs. Told the wife and kids to stand back, threw a lit match 6 feet to the pit and PRESTO!!!! FIRE!!!! Argh! Argh! Argh!..

So the wife told the boys to get out the marshmellows, and I kindly told her that we wouldnt be having fire roasted mellos that night.
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I am suprised that I have not seen any one mention those sawdust bricks that are on sale every year at the end of winter at stores like HD or Wally world.

I think these are the most economical readily available and sure fire way to get it going. CHEAP too!

I keep a package of them with me in the camper. About a dozen or so bricks in a package.
Uhh, Ken, see post #13...
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Here in New Mexico we just call the Government in to do a "controlled burn". Like the controlled burn they had in Los Alamos a few years back.

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excuse me,

before we burn down the world, could we call in the boy scouts!!!!!!!!
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Boy Scouts??? I learned that at Fort Bragg....
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Heck, dont worry about trying to invent fire.
Just take a left turn at Albequerque and head on over to
Kate's Lazy Meadows!
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http://www.lazymeadow.com/hthome.htm
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Actually, this is my favorite way to start a fire
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You bunch of babies. All you need is a soda can and a chocolate bar.

Actually, I haven't tried this method myself yet... but hope to within the next week or so. Last week, after some serious downpours our campfire wood was extremely wet. I split a couple pieces into small sticks (exposing the dry core) and carefully got a fire going. My wife wasn't as impressed with my firestarting ability as she <ahem> should have been, and want a large, hot fire right away.

I looked through the Bambi for some accelerants and ended up using about 3 ounces of vegetable oil on the smouldering fire. It flared up nicely and with the addition of the remainder of the dry wood, generated enough heat to keep my wife happy. Also, the vegetable oil smelled a lot better than lighter fluid.
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You bunch of babies. All you need is a soda can and a chocolate bar.
Ah, MacGyver, I wondered where you went when the series ended...
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