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Am I Doing it Wrong?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Jacktheknife, Dec 12, 2012.

  1. Jacktheknife

    Jacktheknife Minister of Fire

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    I always see discussions on here about getting the fire going use different methods. The most useful method I have found is have confidence that I built the fire right and that it will take off. I have seen many long time burner struggle like newbies to get a fire blazing over more than a 20 minute period. Me, I load the stove, light the paper and close the door completely. Within 10 minutes I have a full blaze. Am I doing it wrong?
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  2. ScotO

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    I make my own firestarters usually, but this fall when I was cutting up some ancient hand-hewn barn beams, I found a couple of those beams were LOADED with fatwood (crystallized pitch) in the middle. I slivered them up into 1/2" slivers and cut them around 4" long, light one with a match and you're off to the races. I light one, and build a small teepee of pine kindling around it. Then, lay a couple of 2-3" splits across them, and put some regular splits on them. Crack the door for around 5 minutes and it's good to go!!
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  3. blacktail

    blacktail Feeling the Heat

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    Sounds like you're doing it right. There are different ways to do it.
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  4. Jacktheknife

    Jacktheknife Minister of Fire

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    As long as I get a nice fire in a short period of time I guess I am doing alright.
  5. ScotO

    ScotO Guest

    BINGO.....
  6. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    Correct . . . doesn't really matter how you get there -- top down method, teepee method, log cabin method, crazy Jake method (I made that last one up -- there is no crazy Jake method) . . . well I take that back . . . someone using flammable fluid to get a fire going quickly or some other dangerous method is not a good method . . . but yeah . . . keep doing what you're doing . . . the goal is a hot fire in a short period of time.
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  7. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    It sounds like you've been reading the threads with all the talk about top down fires and the video from Canada. Many think that is a great video and I've not stated much on this before but I was definitely not impressed. Geeze, this doesn't take a college degree to figure out how to light a fire...
  8. Nixon

    Nixon Minister of Fire

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    Did mr. Grumpy pants have a bad day ? :)
  9. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Grumpy had a great day!
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  10. basod

    basod Minister of Fire

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    Yep pretty sure I was lighting fires before 8YO - then again I was a genious
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  11. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

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    Whatever works, go with it.
    zap
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  12. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    HehHeh . .. "genious".

    Genius?
  13. Kenster

    Kenster Minister of Fire

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    I would use those slivers for a top down start. Then you won't have to be sticking your hands in the fire laying bigger wood on top. Just lay out your fire, stick a couple of those slivers in between the splits and several on top. Light it and forget it.

    Top down beats anything else I've ever tried.
  14. Kenster

    Kenster Minister of Fire

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    Someone had to say it.

    Seriously, whatever works for you! Stay warm!

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