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Fire starter for wood boiler
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screaminghollow    Posted 01-14-2005 at 07:58:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Got my outdoor boiler running last spring and didn't have to use it much. Occaisionally, I have a devil of a time getting a fire started, rainy wind etc. I was wondering what kinds of things folks have been using to start the fires in their wood fired outdoor boilers. This am, I had trouble trying to even light crumbled old newspaper. I don't want anything real volitile, I suppose some charcoal lighter fluid.

mike    Posted 01-15-2005 at 09:46:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
I use a couple quarts used motor oil. Then use a handfull of newspaper/cardboard to iginte the oil.

Mike Burdick    Posted 01-14-2005 at 22:52:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Im with the folks that use paraffin and egg cartons. Heres how I make mine. We have a hobby store called Hobby Lobby, and about twice a year they sell a block of paraffin at half price which makes it about $5.00 per 10 lbs. I then get tissue paper (toilet paper) and wad up a piece about 18-inches in length and put that in each egg holder with about one tablespoon of melted paraffin.

Quint    Posted 01-14-2005 at 18:09:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Dryer lint mixed with parafin wax and molded into a cardboard egg container.

My best fire starters I use for outside fires is gasoline mixed with styrofoam and moth crystals. Whhhooooeee boy does dat ever burn.

Bernie in MA    Posted 01-14-2005 at 17:05:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
I use tarpaper. I tear off a rectangle about 4x6, fold it the long way tentshaped and light the corners on one end. I put a slat crossways next to the draft holes so there is a space under it and place the lighted tarpaper at right angles to the slat. The slat keeps the kindling from mashing the tarpaper and lets the air under. I practically never have to relight my fire in my shop and I build it new every day I'm in there.

abcdefg    Posted 09-06-2005 at 19:21:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I believe Dow Chemical Corporation has another name for this concoction. They call it Napalm....

BOSS    Posted 01-14-2005 at 15:03:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
I throw a big log on each side of the firebox and then I fill the middle with newspapers and then put lumber on top of them, like old 2x4s or scrap wood, then I put bigger logs on top of that. It goes up just fine.
If I do have trouble lighting it, I use a roofers torch that is connected to a prophane tank and light it with that.

Manitoba    Posted 01-14-2005 at 10:18:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey there...I use road flares..there cheap and boy do they get the fire agoing...

TimV    Posted 01-14-2005 at 10:01:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
A co-worker dips corrugated cardboard in melted parrifin wax. The corrugations hold the wax, and they light quickly and burn well. I carry a few in my "crash bag" that I take camping--they've saved my butt a few times when it was cold, windy, rainy, etc.

sawtooth    Posted 01-14-2005 at 10:00:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I like to keep some of the wood chaff and chainsaw dust in a dry place. I put a couple handfulls in either plastic grocery bags or cereal box saran liners. When I'm ready to start a fire I give the wood chaff a shot of old motor oil that I keep in emptied plastic dish soap bottles (well marked). Use a napkin like piece of paper if necessary to get the rest going if necessary. Good way to use up old engine oil.

Katrina    Posted 01-14-2005 at 09:44:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
We separate our trash into burnables, recycling and plastics. Then every morning when the kids take the dogs out, they take the burnable trash out to the burner and use that to start it back up. We also save the small pieces from splitting the wood and use it as kindling. The key is to keep those small pieces dry. Using cheap tealight or votive candles works well also.

Ron/PA    Posted 01-14-2005 at 09:34:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Over in the main house, where we have a coal stoker we keep a dozen charcoal briquets soaked in kerosene. We store them in a metal can with a tight lid, and they'll fire off rice coal no matter what the weather.
You're problem isn't unique today, the weather has enough down draft to keep a few oil burners from lighting the first time.

Mark/Ks    Posted 01-14-2005 at 08:26:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
I use cardboard torn into small pieces.The best stuff is what a 12 pack of sody pop comes in.It burns hot and surprisingly long.I have been monkeying around with kindling.My wife loves to burn candles and I had her save the unburnable stubs.I melted them all together in a pot and dipped some kindling in it a couple of times. There is a pallet factory in town and this fall they gave me probably 5000 2x4x14" long.I split them in three and they work great.Especially since they're free. Mark

deadcarp    Posted 01-14-2005 at 08:22:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
i tried everything from fuel oil-dipped cattails to waxed shavings. best redimade ones are the fatwood stix, otherwise i just chip corners off firelogs. if you have a weedburner, in a minute it'll start anything. course, my heater was always in a shed. :)

Willy-N    Posted 01-14-2005 at 08:15:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Put some Wax on some wood chips that will help or throw a cheap candle on top of the wood and paper to melt as it burns. Some Lighter Fluid on "COLD" Wood can help also. Don't want no flare ups!!Mark H.

Lee    Posted 01-14-2005 at 16:23:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Similar to the cardboard and wax I use dryer lint and parifin wax in a film canister. I always have 2 or 3 with me. waterproof and windproof if done correctly. PS: I asked my local camera shop if they had any extra film canisters they gave me close to 100. Works very good and cheap. I sometimes use a knife to remove or split the cannister and then light and just start adding wood. These burn for approx 15 minutes with a 4 to 5 inch flame.

Willy-N    Posted 01-14-2005 at 16:34:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Great idea and they stay good that way to. Mark H.

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