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Fire starters
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stovepipe    Posted 09-28-2003 at 06:15:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I spent yesterday making this years supply of fire starters, here's recipe if anyone wants it. 5 oz dixe cups, saw dust, parafin wax. Fill cup with sawdust(I get mine by cleaning under saw at lumberyard) shake saw dust down in cup until 1/2 inch from top, melt wax outside in garage(I use old candles) heat wax till it starts to smoke or till you know its very hot. Pour small amount of wax in cup, it will boil up so go slow, you don't need much all it does is seal top. let them cool well before you handle them. I won't include legal disclaimer but rest a surd it covers stupidty. good luck.

Brian-2N    Posted 09-28-2003 at 07:49:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Here's what I use-learned it in the Boy Scouts. I use the bottom of egg cartons. I melt canning wax in a large coffee can on the stove. Do not let it get so hot it smokes. Drop in the egg carton bottoms, cut apart individually, and take out when they float. No filling with sawdust or anything else necessary. Works great.

Willy-N    Posted 09-28-2003 at 09:48:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
We just use the egg carton like it is to light ours. We have lots of them because we bake. Our wood is real dry and it only takes one. After it gets to be real winter outside the fire is never out so we do not have to do anything but put more wood in the stove! Mark H.

deadcarp    Posted 09-28-2003 at 06:47:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
i use a similar method - gather a boxful of solid cattails, melt the old candles in diesel and dip the cattails in it. doesn't matter how long they dry, they still light like huge 10-minute matches and you can poke them back in there nice :)

stovepipe    Posted 09-28-2003 at 14:39:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Soons like a great idea deadcarp but let me ask , do you heat diesel with old candles in can over fire. Also after 30 years of driving truck I hate smell of diesel, do catails smell in house.

deadcarp    Posted 09-28-2003 at 17:57:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
no heating necessary - wax just dissolves into petroleum products - we used to sprinkle new boxes of framing nails with paraffin and gas - the gas evaporates and they drove with less elbowgrease - they're hard to pull later too so no real harm done :)
my furnace is always outside but i never noticed any bad smell, no ;)

Forgot that one...    Posted 09-28-2003 at 07:33:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
You ever take a dry cattail and pull all the stuff off?...Put it in a paper bag...Light the bag out in the middle of the drive and get back...That stuff almost all goes at once...Great misspent youth free pyrotechnics...

Salmoneye, The Dangerous

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