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Post in 'The Inglenook' started by begreen, Jun 9, 2013.

  1. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Finally got the burn piles ignited and burnt down. There was a hellacious burn for about 15 minutes. Now an hour later, just a small fire, ready for marshmallows. Porno for pyros. I wreak of smoke.

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  2. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    That looks like my kind of fire.==c
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  3. Utilitrack

    Utilitrack Feeling the Heat

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    Hi All-
    Just a word of warning about burning brush piles that some of you may not be aware of. This past weekend a very good friend of mine was burning a brush pile in his backyard, the morning was overcast and raining lightly on/off so he added some gasoline to prime it. He then had to tend to something else for a short period of time. During that time the sun came out and the temperature spiked, according to the fire marshall, the gasoline vaporized and formed an explosive cloud around the brush pile so when he touched it off it blew up in his face. He got second degree burns from his armpit down on his right arm, his neck and left hand, first degree burns on his face. Scary stuff, please be careful!!!
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    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Whoa - as a dude that has been burned (completely different circumstance), I feel for your friend. I NEVER use straight gas for starting fires. I just don't do it.
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  5. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Good warning. Same here Jags, I wouldn't ever consider using gasoline as an accelerant. Used motor oil is about as volatile as I would try.
  6. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Charcoal lighter fluid works quite well. The cheapest big bottle of generic stuff will light a bunch of fires for a couple of bucks.
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    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Super Cedars work great too.
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  8. hobbyheater

    hobbyheater Minister of Fire

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    I use my roofing torch !
  9. ScotO

    ScotO Guest

    a buddy of mine was burned badly recently too. They were drinking, burning some brush in a pile and someone had an old TV they wanted rid of. Well a couple of guys got together to pitch the TV in the fire, and he ended up going into the fire with it. Had to have skin grafts done to his hand and forearm......not pretty at all.

    A) it isn't a good idea to be stumbling drunk near a bonfire
    B) don't burn your trash in said barnfire (plastics, matresses, TV's, etc.)
  10. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    alcohol or gasoline in direct contact with the fire = bad. I like use motor oil. Flammable, but only slowly so. And it is free.
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    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    Just about every Spring someone up this way gets a trip to the ER . . . or a LifeFlight ride to Boston's Burn Unit . . . when they decide to use gasoline on a brush fire . . . the problem . . . as mentioned is that folks forget that the invisible vapors can ignite and you can be a fair distance away when you light up that match or lighter and suddenly find the gas vapor ignited.

    My secret arsonist tip: cardboard boxes. Get enough of them and you can get green wood to burn on a rainy day.
  12. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    I try to dry out the burn piles before igniting. That makes them much easier to start and there's much less smoke when burning. I also try to burn on a low wind day. These piles went up quickly with just a couple cardboard boxes and some newspaper doused with about 1/2cup of old oil.
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    Highbeam Minister of Fire

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    I too use a propane 500,000 btu weed burner for most fires. Otherwise, I have had very dependable and predictable performance from diesel fuel. No fumes to flash, burns clean, and is available.

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