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Old 09-24-2016, 08:05 AM   #239
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This is pretty cool...a portable outdoor fireplace.


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How do you plan on carrying that beast around?
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Old 09-24-2016, 08:14 AM   #240
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I don't, of course, but someone else might.

If one were camping someplace remote for a week or two, this would be great to have along, in my opinion.

I would love to have an outdoor cooking area at home....tho this is not beautiful, it is functional, and something I could do myself.

I just might, one of these days.


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Old 10-10-2016, 03:57 AM   #241
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This is pretty cool...a portable outdoor fireplace.
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Nice simple design, and the concrete blocks are available for purchase almost everywhere. As you suggested, it might be worth building one for a 1-2 week encampment out in the boonies, and you could leave the blocks or give them away. Carry only the two grates and cast iron cookware. I count 18 regular blocks and 4 of the half-size solid ones.

Thanks for the idea and photo.



PS -- With all the rules and regs changing about having open fires on the ground, the campgrounds available for this fireplace are shrinking in number unfortunately.
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Old 10-10-2016, 07:45 AM   #242
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Washington on the Brazos State Historical Site offers a hearth cooking class once a year. My daughter and I attended last year. We learned a lot and got to prepare and then eat a lot of good food. The website says the class is full, but it was that way last year also, and we got in.

http://tpwd.texas.gov/calendar/washi...oking-school-2
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I remember you talking about that, Mimi.

Something like that would be really fun.

Very far away for me, that time of the year, tho.


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Old 10-10-2016, 07:54 AM   #244
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Washington on the Brazos State Historical Site offers a hearth cooking class once a year. My daughter and I attended last year. We learned a lot and got to prepare and then eat a lot of good food. The website says the class is full, but it was that way last year also, and we got in.

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Interesting place to visit! Is there a campground nearby you can recommend?

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There is no camping at Washington on the Brazos except park host sites. I have stayed at Aggieland RV Park in Bryan, and it is very good. The Hilltop Lakes community where I'm about to build a house has a nice RV park, but they're probably an hour and a half away from Washington. (hilltoplakes.com)

Since my daughter lives in Bryan, I usually have driveway camping available when I'm there, so I'm afraid I'm not very knowledgable.
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I had the thought when I came across some very old muffin papers that I would get some cedar shavings and use these to make some fire starters.

You know, the ones you can buy in a bag of a half dozen or so for an outrageous amount of money.

I stole this picture from Pinterest. You can also use cardboard egg cartons instead of muffin tins.

I already have a good little pile of dryer-lint-stuffed toilet paper rolls , and some commercial starter sticks left from last year, so a pile of cedar and wax fire starters would make a nice smorgasbord of fire starter choices as I head into woodstove burning season.

They couldn't be easier or cheaper to make, but I googled homemade firestarters, anyway, in case there was some little trick I needed to know.

There isn't, couldn't be simpler, but this is a good link..

http://blog.cheaperthandirt.com/easy-firestarters/


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The current Boy Scout fire starter is a cotton ball saturated with Vaseline.

See, I'm learning things from my grandson.
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Yes, I saw that, too, also a cotton facial pad dipped in leftover candle wax.


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We used to use old ceiling tile cut into squares soaked in melted wax


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in my day we used a steel and flint with a bit of charred cotton...
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I'm not too interested in Vaseline soaked cotton balls...sound messy...much less flint and steel, which might also be a trick inside my woodstove, but I love, love, love the smell of cedar so am going to make up some of those.


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