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How do you start your fires?

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by Morgan, Feb 16, 2013.

  1. Morgan

    Morgan Member

    Apr 24, 2010
    PEI, Canada
    Figured I would post here, aside from paper what do you guys use for firestarting? Here is what I use;


    Costs about $75 to buy and gets a fire going in my boiler quickly, eats the little 1LB cylinders though, I go through one every couple of weeks. A few years ago on ebay I bought a little brass adapter that allows me to fill the 1lb tanks with a 20lb tank. Takes about a minute per cylinder to fill. There is that whole transportation if refilled warning on the side of the cylinders, however most times they never leave my basement =) Just though I would share, they are a very cool looking torch to top it all off. You can solder up to 3" copper as well, I have also silver soldered 2" copper with it running MAPP gas, although oxy/acetylene is much better suited to the task :) Crosstech is the brand name, they have single, double and triple tip torches and are the hottest naturally aspirated torch you can buy. I use my single and double tip all the time while working.

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  2. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

    Nov 18, 2005
    Northern Virginia
    Do a search in the hearth room and you will be buried in threads on the subject.
  3. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

    Feb 14, 2007
    Super Cedars!
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  4. billb3

    billb3 Minister of Fire

    Dec 14, 2007
    SE Mass
    They still let me play with matches, so I do.
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  5. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

    Nov 18, 2005
    South Puget Sound, WA
    We're moving from 24/7 to shoulder season burning now. SuperCedars are a godsend. Closest thing I know next to automatic ignition.
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  6. FrankMA

    FrankMA Member

    Jul 18, 2008
    Merrimack Valley - Northeastern MA
    We've had some warm days here the past week and running the stove all day was not needed. The Super Cedars really do make getting a cold start an easy task. I can have a nice heat producing fire going pretty quickly by being able to use small to medium splits right off the bat.
  7. MasterMech

    MasterMech Guest

    1/4 of a super cedar and about 2.3 seconds with a cigarette lighter.
  8. will711

    will711 Minister of Fire

    Mar 26, 2011
    Pocono mts.
    Me too.
  9. Highbeam

    Highbeam Minister of Fire

    Dec 28, 2006
    base of Mt. Rainier on the wet side, WA
    We've been in a warm spell but it is still winter, we might get another cold snap BG. I too have been cutting way back on wood consumption.

    I don't use super cedars. They are a local product and I have tried them, they work just fine, but no better than a chunk of firestarter from walmart. You can but the big box for 10$ and break up the bricks into little golf balls. That 10$ box will last me several, maybe 5?, years of full time burning with a cat stove. I used the same product with a non-cat and had to buy a box per year.

    That torch. Is it one of the torches that turn on the fuel and light with the press of a button or is it old shool where you open a valve and then light the flame? After using a push button torch for some soldering I would never buy the old school type. I have a 500k btu weed burner for moderate heating and an oxy/acetlynene rig with regulators when I need real heat and am willing to futz with valves and matches.
  10. JustWood

    JustWood Minister of Fire

    Aug 14, 2007
    Arrow Bridge,NY
    There's many old barns falling in around here. I usually scrounge a few boards every summer and put them in between the rafters of the wood shed. Chop it up with a hatchet in the fall and box it. It's mostly 100 year old hemlock and 2 or 3 layed on 1 sheet of paper is usually an inferno in 30 seconds and ready for splits.
  11. EatenByLimestone

    EatenByLimestone Minister of Fire

    Jul 12, 2006
    Schenectady, NY
    Whatever is handy. Paper and kindling, super cedar... Whatever burns. I've never used a torch though.

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