Running the stove video?

corey21 Posted By corey21, Oct 6, 2012 at 11:06 AM

  1. corey21

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    Is the info good or bad?

    That is how i start my fires.
     
  2. ridemgis

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    Although it sounds completely crazy, try building your fires upside down. Couple of splits on the bottom with lots of criss-crossed kindling on top. Bigger kindling lower down and smallest stuff on top. Throw a couple of knotted (not scrunched) newspapers on top and watch it go. Better yet, skip the newspaper and use a 1/4 super cedar. It really does produce less smoke while catching just fine.
    PJ
     
  3. corey21

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    I tried the top down last winter and had a smoking mess. May try it again cause now i have seasoned wood.
     
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    I watched that one several times just not gave it much thought great tips.

    Do you think i would have better luck then my first try? Also i have a big box of fire starters called strike a fire from lowes.
     
  6. begreen

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    It may take a bit more practice and perhaps better kindling?

    If you want an easy start, get a free sample pack of SuperCedars from Thomas. Break them into quarters. One or two quarters is all you'll need to get a good fire going.
     
  7. ridemgis

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    What he said! The trick is dry wood with lots of air space and a super cedar.
     
  8. corey21

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    Thank you begreen.

    I may check in on the superceders i used the ones i have now before i run out of seasoned wood last year. I could start fire with normal splits with the that brand last year before running out of seasoned wood.
     
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    What I find is that every time someone didn't have success with top down they always say "I did it just like the video. Except for...". Don't do "except for".
     
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    That may be my problem.
     
  11. PapaDave

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    15-20 pieces of kindling? WTH?
    Never. Not here.
    And, the larger pieces/splits go in when everything else goes in. No prob, Bob.
    Dry wood is key.
     
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    When i do use kindling but just 10 maybe 12.
     
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    Yeah, that did seem a bit overkill. I usually use about 3-4 pieces of kindling, but that is with N/S loading and the Tunnel of Love ® starting method.
     
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    Sincei have a thread going got a Q that just came up. I have a cast iron steamer that i just cleaned is it ok to season it with oil in my oven like cast iron pots.
     
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    I'm with BeGreen. 3-4 pieces of kindling is plenty. If you run out of kindling, no problem. A super cedar will still start the fire nicely.

    I also do not use a top down fire but not a bottom up either. Just something I played around with over the years. I usually lay 2 splits in the bottom and try to form a slight Vee. On that goes a super cedar and it gets lit right away. Then I lay 2-4 pieces of kindling and on top of that goes another split. Fire is all set for several hours.
     
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    I have plenty kindling probably wont use it much since i have fire starter.
     
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    First time or two I tried a top down it didn't work well for whatever reason . . . third or fourth time I think was a charm . . . have never looked back . . . now I forget that "normal" folks don't light fires this way and I get weird looks when I light a fire like this while camping, in the fire pit, etc.
     
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    The video is showing how to get a coal bed. The reason for all the small splits that are referred to as kindling. Doing a cold start ya put the big splits on the bottom, small on top and the knots on top of that and rock and roll for hours.

    Edit: It works best if you dance Gangman Style in front of the stove while the fire is starting.
     
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    Edit: It works best if you dance Gangman Style in front of the stove while the fire is starting.[/quote]

    Your funny BB.

    Ill try and get some pics of my fire when get it going still not cold enough in here. I guess that will wait till in the morning.
     
  20. BrowningBAR

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    I sucked at the top down method for the first two years for some reason. Probably a combination of less than optimal wood, using too large of splits, and a lack of patience on my part. The last two years the top down method worked very well for me.
     
  21. BrotherBart

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    Loved it at the deer lease down in Texas. I am the camp cook, don't even carry a rifle anymore, saying "Boys, hold my beer and watch this." starting the cooking fire top down.

    Conjure up an image of amazed guys in camo.
     
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    Looking at that video again since it was brought up on another thread, for what seems like it should be a professional produced video, you would think they would have cleaned the glass.
     
  23. corey21

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    Yeah they could have cleaned the glass before the video.
     
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    I now use 1/4 of a super ceder and 3 splits and 5 peaces of kindling.
     

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