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Posted: 11/1/2006 6:35:03 PM EST
Now that I have a woodburning stove again, whats a good firestarter?

In the past i've, always used balled up newspsper to start fires in stoves and fireplaces. Was just wondering if there is another or better method to get a fire going. Maybe something "hightech"?
Link Posted: 11/1/2006 6:39:41 PM EST
Buy those "fire starting logs"

They cost about 8 bucks for 24 of them.

I use them for my corn burning fireplace.

Link Posted: 11/1/2006 6:44:00 PM EST
Ill look for those.
Link Posted: 11/1/2006 6:44:21 PM EST
Try the liquid hand sanatizer you can buy. It's alcohol based and works great to start fires. I keep in in my search and Rescue pack and in the survival kit on my ATV. It's a great dual use item.
Link Posted: 11/1/2006 6:45:31 PM EST
Save your old news papers and by some twine.

Wrap the newspapers up in a tight roll about 3 inches long. Tie the bundle with twine.

Then get a pot and melt some parrafin in it, you will need to use an old pot as it will ruin it. Then dip the rolls in parrafin and let them dry.

You now have a nice little waterproof fire starter.
Link Posted: 11/1/2006 6:52:47 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/1/2006 6:52:59 PM EST by sledhead907]
If newspaper isn't working, your using the wrong kind of wood to start the stove.

Use dry pine to start the stove. Make sure they are chopped into thin slices.

After that throw on the hard wood and your good to go.


Anything else is not worth the time. IMHO
Link Posted: 11/1/2006 6:58:34 PM EST

Originally Posted By sledhead907:
If newspaper isn't working, your using the wrong kind of wood to start the stove.

Use dry pine to start the stove. Make sure they are chopped into thin slices.

After that throw on the hard wood and your good to go.


Anything else is not worth the time. IMHO


The newspaper works fine. But is a little time consuming and I aslo have to save newspapers which I dont buy on a daily basis anymore. So far the fire starting logs sound like a good deal.

I do start with kindling then on to good dry pine in larger pieces.
Link Posted: 11/1/2006 7:02:19 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/1/2006 7:03:39 PM EST by sledhead907]

Originally Posted By rainman:

Originally Posted By sledhead907:
If newspaper isn't working, your using the wrong kind of wood to start the stove.

Use dry pine to start the stove. Make sure they are chopped into thin slices.

After that throw on the hard wood and your good to go.


Anything else is not worth the time. IMHO


The newspaper works fine. But is a little time consuming and I aslo have to save newspapers which I dont buy on a daily basis anymore. So far the fire starting logs sound like a good deal.

I do start with kindling then on to good dry pine in larger pieces.


Be careful with pine. Pine is notorious in that it puts out a lot of soot/carbon (creosote). Over time this creosote collects in the chimney and can (and often is the cause of) chimney fires.

It is better to burn a hard wood (oak, maple...etc) because it burns hotter and cleaner...thus less carbon (creosote) and less chance of fire.

Link Posted: 11/1/2006 7:10:50 PM EST
I make my own fire starters. I fill cardboard egg cartons with sawdust and pour melted paraffin wax on it. Once it's dry just tear off one "cup" and light it. It'll even burn long enough to get damp wood going.
Link Posted: 11/1/2006 7:19:35 PM EST

Originally Posted By Short-n-sweet:
I make my own fire starters. I fill cardboard egg cartons with sawdust and pour melted paraffin wax on it. Once it's dry just tear off one "cup" and light it. It'll even burn long enough to get damp wood going.


I've done the same thing with dryer lint.


I've started using Rutland brand safelite fire starters. They come in a box of 24. I break one of the little squares in half. They light instantly and burn long enough to get everything going. They are like $3.96 or less a box at wally world.

www.doityourself.com/invt/6915201
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