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Old 09-23-2021, 07:57 PM   #1
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Duraflame logs

OK, what are some opinions on using them in outdoor fire pits while camping ?
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Old 09-23-2021, 08:30 PM   #2
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Smells like a candle...don't do smores over them. Otherwise go for it and enjoy!!! Just my opinion.But hey I have done campfire in a can (don't do smores one of them either) in front of my shop with the trailer the last 18 months....so how stupid am I given a number of posts....
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Old 09-23-2021, 08:49 PM   #3
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Duraflame also makes smaller fire starters. That might be a good option if you have some firewood. We use Tumbleweeds to start fires.

https://www.royaloak.com/products/tu...-firestarters/
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Old 09-23-2021, 10:12 PM   #4
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Ouch for the nose.but they light a fire. Parifin soaked presswood. Yuck. Parents used them growing up and they still stink compared to real wood. .
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Old 09-24-2021, 04:35 PM   #5
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I have several solutions for starting campfires; the Duraflame is kind of the bottom of the heap and used only when firewood isn't available.

The most reliable/cheap solution is match light briquettes. They'll get a good fire going in most any weather, and you can roast hot dogs over them.

Second best is the paraffin fire starters from Weber. Will start a (smaller) fire in most weather.

Next down is the pressed wood starters; the tumbleweeds things look intriguing; this is the first I've seen of them.

For firewood, I always try to buy from the State Parks when I'm staying with them - this supports the local Boy Scouts and other such groups.

For an alternative to firewood, many feed stores carry pressed sawdust bricks. These are NOT Pres-to-Logs, which are hard to get going and difficult to manage when you finally do. The pressed bricks usually come in banded packs of six (in this area, anyway) and if you have a spare milk crate, two packs fit nicely. The way I start these is to put two on the long edge in a V, put the firestarter (typically the match light briquettes) in the base of the V, put a single brick across the top. They don't stink and you can safely cook over these. They also don't throw sparks; something to keep in mind in these dry times.
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Old 09-24-2021, 04:48 PM   #6
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When I used to backpack, the best fire starter I found was to dip a cottonball in Vaseline. It only took one cottonball and very little Vaseline.

These days I use a few sticks of fatwood and the log cabin method.
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Duraflame logs

South Carolina fire starters, long leaf pine straw and cones. But the get ‘er done fire starter is fat lighter aka fat wood. It’s a natural resin impregnated pine wood from the stump of a couple year old cut tree. Split into pencil sized sticks it’s darn good.

I know several discussions camp fire vs no camp fire. I’m a hardwood campfire guy.

And no garbage if any kind goes in the fire ring. Ever.
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Duraflame also makes smaller fire starters. That might be a good option if you have some firewood. We use Tumbleweeds to start fires.

https://www.royaloak.com/products/tu...-firestarters/
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Old 09-24-2021, 06:15 PM   #9
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Duraflame

Slice them up for fire-starters, 1-2 “ thick.
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Old 09-24-2021, 06:35 PM   #10
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The nice thing about Duraflame logs is they fit nicely in a Duralast bag in the bed of a Duramax. Seriously though I haven't buned a Duraflame log in decades, I remember them being a lot heavier than wood logs and not smelling like a "real" campfire.
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Old 09-24-2021, 10:24 PM   #11
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Good tips by all

I always carry a couple of bundles of kiln dried firewood from one of the big box hardware stores(stored inside before purchase) with me along with a bag of charcoal and a bottle of charcoal lighter fluid. I build a little mound of charcoal (10-30 briquets, depending on what I'm intending on cooking) Use a little fluid on it to get the fire going, wait 20-30 minutes for good coals, cook my meal, then add a couple of those kiln dried logs and poof, I've got the good beginnings of a roaring campfire to sit around for the evening. If I'm going to be there long, I'll source the rest of my firewood locally, and this method generally works to get even the most reluctant local "seasoned" (not really!) firewood to burn. Here in Missouri, if you purchase firewood at a state park, getting it to burn is akin to trying to light a concrete parking block on fire. After using my method, my son and I sit around the fire and get a sadistic amount of fun out of watching virtually every other camper try to get that fresh cut, wet wood they just bought to burn. After watching for a bit, I always go and offer a few pieces of the kiln dried, and a baggie of charcoal so they can get started. The other reason I like the kiln dried is I carry it in the hatch area of my toad ( I drive a motorhome) and I've never seen a live insect in it. If I infested the car, my bride would never let me forget it!
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I was the kid on summer camp staff that was the “duty pyromaniac”.

We did the fancy campfire lighting ceremonies with fires lit by flames coming out of the trees, or the best one was the apparently free-flying arrow shot into the fire setup from fifty feet away by the worst archer on the staff. The camp director darn near had a heart attack on that one.
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A small rally in 2017 at a SC state park and the sat evening community gathering. Jeff (R) and your author set this one up and it WORKED! This was a community fire ring made by a local Boy Scout for his Eagle Project. Thanks Scout and yes I had a 5 gallon fire bucket at my chair.
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I was the kid on summer camp staff that was the “duty pyromaniac”.

We did the fancy campfire lighting ceremonies with fires lit by flames coming out of the trees, or the best one was the apparently free-flying arrow shot into the fire setup from fifty feet away by the worst archer on the staff. The camp director darn near had a heart attack on that one.
I have a photo somewhere of my pyro brother-in-law blowing up a carefully arranged, precisely cut stack of gasoline doused firewood... It was a good thing his fire-pit was well away from the back porch.
The expression on his face was priceless, we never did find his Gitter Done baseball hat.

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