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How do you light your stove?

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Ducky, Oct 30, 2012.

  1. Seasoned Oak

    Seasoned Oak Minister of Fire

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    This is one area where pine really shines. Many wood burners shy away from pine,but they all agree it burns hot and fast. Old lathe boards ,if you can find some are excellent for starting a wood stove. I have barrels of them from my line of work. I still cant use em all.

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  2. Joful

    Joful Minister of Fire

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    Cedar, too. I have a near infinite supply of that stuff, and it's my primary kindling wood.
  3. topknot

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    Going to look for some Supercedars. Thanks.
  4. bag of hammers

    bag of hammers Minister of Fire

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    I once dug a couple of small cedars out of the "bog" (mucky area in a low spot on adjacent property) and propped them up for the season (actually can't recall exactly for how long). Eventually they dried right out, I cut and split into kindling, plus a few uglies that just went into the fire. Not big trees, and no idea how long they'd been down, and they were really stuck in the loon sh** - but they were still solid, dried out and burned great. Cedar is awesome. I still throw some bits in with my "dog's breakfast fire starter" when I can. Love to bring an armload inside when I can just for the aroma - love the smell of fresh split cedar. I could sit in a room with a handful of these, and an open can of fresh ground coffee, and almost get high. OK - that's a bit weird - but these are 2 amazing aromas to have in the room.
  5. corey21

    corey21 Minister of Fire

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    Sometimes i use fire starters sometimes newspaper.

    One of my main goals is getting the chimney up to temps as quick as possible.
  6. abj1969

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    i only use a few small splits and news paper. lights right up with no problem. i think the biggest key to it is the smaller splits and to make sure its properly seasoned wood.
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  7. Kaptain

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    2 pieces of crumbled newspaper, small strip of cardboard, and a piece or two of pine kindling... This can be lit in between the top layer of splits (I load N\S).

    I have a hot fire going in 10 minutes with stuff that I already have around the house, everytime.
  8. mfglickman

    mfglickman Minister of Fire

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    I really like a fatwood stick or piece of a supercedar in the morning. There are coals and sometimes it works, but I'm usually in a hurry, haven't had coffee yet, and don't want to spend 10 minutes coaxing newspaper and kindling to light my wood. Works fine the rest of the time but in the morning I need the super simple solution. Maybe there's an idea for supercedar packaging in here...before your coffee firestarter, or something....
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  9. etiger2007

    etiger2007 Minister of Fire

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    Yeah thats wierd lol
  10. bag of hammers

    bag of hammers Minister of Fire

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    yeah I gotta get out more....
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  11. FanMan

    FanMan Feeling the Heat

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    I use scraps of construction lumber whenever I have it, split 2x4s, etc. Since I recently finished renovating my cabin I have lots of cutoff pieces of pine moldings and such (lots of long tapering pieces since nothing in that cabin is straight!) that work great for kindling, whether started with newspaper of the Cape Cod firestarter I mentioned a page or two back.
  12. WidowMaker

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    Handful of noddles and a handful of splitter trash and in 2 min shes aroaring...throw on some 1 to 2 inch pieces and I can have the stove top up to 4-500 in nothing flat... Oh-yea that NW Piney wood too...
  13. charly

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    Pine scraps from ripping wood down to size and newspaper.
  14. GrampaDennis

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    I still have a lot of scraps of wafer board from house building. I cut it up into small pieces for kindling. I also have quite a supply of scrap lumber around, from the house building, and from some woodworking that I do.

    We use the 5 oz waxy Dixie cups in the Bathroom for mouthwash, taking pills, etc. I save these all year for fire starting.

    When I have no coals to start with, I lay down two medium-sized splits, with a space of about 3" between them. I crumple up 1 or 2 sheets of newspaper and place it between the splits. I then tear up 2 or 3 of the paper cups and place them on top of the newspaper. Next, I place a few pieces of kindling wood. I top it off with some small to medium splits. I light the thing off with a long-snout butane lighter. This almost always works great.

    Rarely, the newspaper and paper cups burn up without getting the kindling going (probably because I did not use enough paper or paper cups). On those occasions, I pull out Plan B. Plan B is my MAPP gas torch. That never fails. I only have to hold the torch to the firewood for 30 or 45 seconds and the fire is started. My wife kids me when I do this. I think of my MAPP gas torch (with the pushbutton igniter) as a lighter on steroids. The torch shuts down as soon as you let up on the button, so I think it is as safe as most any other method.
  15. gtjohn

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    sooo super ceder is the way to go aye. i have been using the rutland squares for about 3 years may have to give super ceder a try.
  16. USMC80

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    just got a reply from supercedar saying my samples our on their way, look forward to trying them out
  17. ddahlgren

    ddahlgren Feeling the Heat

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    Do what you will but look for a used stove and tractor supply at least around here among other places had good pricing on Dura-vent+ chimney stuff I have well under 1k tied up in my setup with stove hearth chimney all of it plus the first 1.5 cords of wood bought the year before the install. I do not need the latest and greatest i need heat rather than perfect.
  18. dyerkutn

    dyerkutn Feeling the Heat

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    Glad this thread has been revived--very helpful because I just had a T5 installed and haven't used it yet. The installer told me to break it in with three fires each using one duraflame log with increasing amounts of wood. What do you think?

    For 10 years, in my old stove I used one firestarter (Duraflame or similar) in between a couple of large splits, a couple of smaller splits on top and then a couple of pieces of newspaper tucked in the back to warm up the pipe (it was a cat. and firebox opened directly to pipe). Lit the paper and the firestarter with a long match. Usually had a fire within 10 minutes. I don't know if that will work in this new stove.
  19. Seasoned Oak

    Seasoned Oak Minister of Fire

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    2 or 3 pieces of junk mail usually does the trick or a few pieces of cardboard or newspaper. Why pay for something fancy. If your wood is dry. I bought some firestarters dirt cheap from wal-mart off season 75% off an i still dont use em. Got to get rid of the junk mail somehow.
  20. ddahlgren

    ddahlgren Feeling the Heat

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    Every time i get junk mail I laugh and think free fire starter..
  21. Hills Hoard

    Hills Hoard Minister of Fire

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    Thanks to this forum I have changed the way i start the fire for this season. Last year I used heaps of news paper and messed around with different layers and patterns of small wood. This year I only use a hand full of scrunched news paper and have dry cedar to do most of the starting. as a result I don't have to split as much small wood, and go straight to large bits.
  22. ddahlgren

    ddahlgren Feeling the Heat

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    Have a small fire going tonight using up the trash wood on a 40 degree night and not able to sleep but at least quite warm! Starting is easy 2 large EW a bunch of small stuff on top a couple sheets of newspaper in the corners. 30 seconds with a propane torch in the small stuff then light off the paper job done in under a minute.
  23. Seasoned Oak

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    I dont have to chop kindling as i have an unlimited supply of lathe boards i need to get rid of they are about 1.5" wide and 1/4 "thick.
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  24. privatejoker75

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    i used dryer lint stuffed into egg cartons and then filled with wax. Pop one out and light it up. Works well enough for me plus the egg cartons make storage easy
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