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Posted: 2/20/2006 2:08:39 PM EDT
I can't get a good fire going to save my life today. I'm sleepy, I'm cold and I'm HIGHLY unmotivated. I think If I were to warm up I might get a little more motivated than to sit here watching Maury and surfing the 'net. So, other than the obvious gas, or any other explosive, what is a good fast, SAFE way to start a fire in the fire place?
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 2:11:03 PM EDT
dry paper, dry kindleing, dry wood..... lighter helps too
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 2:13:43 PM EDT
I recently acquired a nice pile of old cedar shakes from Bosifus from when we reroofed his house last summer.

Best. Kindling. Ever.

You can practically touch a match to the stuff to get it started, and it burns nice and hot to get larger logs going.
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 2:27:18 PM EDT
5gls of 92octane gas, add match=fire.. Yes, Im not patient.
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 2:30:31 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 3:00:17 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 3:01:56 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 1GUNRUNNER:
Why not do it the old fashioned way and find a man to build it for you?



I was gonna say get some Duraflame's, but your way sounds better!
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 3:03:23 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 1GUNRUNNER:
Why not do it the old fashioned way and find a man to build it for you?



Because my man is where he needs to be...at WORK! Besides the kids are home now, they would bust me for sure if I had another man over here


Link Posted: 2/20/2006 3:04:12 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 3:05:22 PM EDT

Originally Posted By bigscrun:

Originally Posted By 1GUNRUNNER:
Why not do it the old fashioned way and find a man to build it for you?



Ole' one ball cannot get it up the fire started?



He's the bestest fire starter ever!!!!


Link Posted: 2/20/2006 5:44:17 PM EDT
Go to the Dryer, Remove Lint Trap use the accumulated lint, that should smolder long enought to get your kindling going nicely.

S-34
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 7:26:39 PM EDT
She doesn't use kindling. Just throwing a bunch of big logs in the fireplace and tossing a couple matches at it isn't gonna work.

She did finally get it going, cause when I got home from work it felt like a sauna in here.
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 8:08:34 PM EDT
At the last LCR, it was road flares, motor oil and copious amounts of gasoline.

We got some wet-ass wood hot enough to cook a damn fine tri-tip on. . .
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 8:13:39 PM EDT
If it is an "emergency" and the power is out I use a Duralog and put a couple good sized logs in on it. That always gets the fire roaring in no time when the Wife and Kid are bitching about the house being cold. Any other time it is a Bic, paper, twigs, branches, small logs, bigger logs, big fire.
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 8:39:29 PM EDT
I cup or two of diesel, sprinkled in the ash, wood on top. Lite the ash/diesel. That's the way I have done it for 25 years in fire places and wood stoves. Works every time.
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 9:08:37 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 9:38:23 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 1GUNRUNNER:

Originally Posted By JS98010:
At the last LCR, it was road flares, motor oil and copious amounts of gasoline.

We got some wet-ass wood hot enough to cook a damn fine tri-tip on. . .






If you wouldn't have made the decision to move the first fire........
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 10:07:25 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 1GUNRUNNER:

Originally Posted By JS98010:
At the last LCR, it was road flares, motor oil and copious amounts of gasoline.

We got some wet-ass wood hot enough to cook a damn fine tri-tip on. . .







Hmph. Must be a *CR anomoly.

I LIKE accelerants.
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 10:16:45 PM EDT


Link Posted: 2/21/2006 6:48:38 AM EDT

Originally Posted By 1GUNRUNNER:

Originally Posted By JS98010:
At the last LCR, it was road flares, motor oil and copious amounts of gasoline.

We got some wet-ass wood hot enough to cook a damn fine tri-tip on. . .






Um. . . not your fire.

The fire was moved to a third location, by our trailer.

Link Posted: 2/21/2006 2:54:44 PM EDT
My wife makes fire starters out of old cardboard egg cartons, fills the cups with saw dust and soaks it with parafin, one cup will usually light the fire no problem.

What ever you do don't try using coleman fuel in a wood stove I launched myself across the room and shifted the 100 plus pound stove about 6 inches
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 4:21:20 PM EDT
Do you have any caprenter friends or have access to scrap 2X material? It is kiln dried and burns quickly and hot. Makes for a good bed of coals for your real wood.
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