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Starting fire without kindling?

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

  1. senornick

    senornick New Member

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    Is there a way to start a fire in a wood stove without the paper, pine needle, kindling method?
    Some kind of gas starter maybe.
    Thanks guys

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  2. begreen

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    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    I haven't had any kindling around here since I tried my second Super Cedar.
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  5. dorkweed

    dorkweed Guest

    1/4 of a SuperCedar will start my 3 year old oak in a cold stove. Not small splits either.
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  6. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Welcome to the forum senonick.

    Send a request to this email address and ask for some free samples. info@supercedar.com

    They should show up at your place in just a few days. Thomas is a really nice guy with a great product. When you get the super cedars, break them into quarters so you get 4 fires from each super cedar. I'm not sure but I think he might also have a 10% off on a purchase if you look this up on facebook.
  7. Dustin

    Dustin Feeling the Heat

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    Full load of fir with a 1/4 super cedar jammed in the middle. Love these things!

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  8. PapaDave

    PapaDave Minister of Fire

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    Dry wood is very helpful, and you could also use a blowtorch. Seriously.
    Guys have posted video of themselves doing this.
    What's the issue with kindling?
    I make my own firestarters, and have no problem getting the fire going within a minute or less w/o other kindling. Usually.:cool:
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  9. Dakotas Dad

    Dakotas Dad Minister of Fire

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    Supercedars all the way.

    I am heating my house, not earning a merit badge. I load full size splits, light, walk away. Air down when ready.
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    I just lit mine from almost cold with a quarter super cedar and some 3-4 inch red oak splits with some bigger red oak on top of them. No problem. Just topped the load off and engaged the cat. Still be burning in the morning when I leave for work.
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    Line of the year. ;lol
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    FanMan Feeling the Heat

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    I'll be the lone voice of dissent, never tried supercedars (though I suppose I should write for samples). I have good results with a "Cape Cod Firestarter" which is a porous brick ball on a handle that you store in a pot of kerosene. Put it under your logs, light, done. Pull it out when it's out and let it cool, or wait until the fire is out, and put it back in the kerosene for next time. Takes a couple of hours soaking. Works great, though some here object to the concept of using a petroleum product.
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    NortheastAl Minister of Fire

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    Ordered mine last week and tried them for the first time the other day. I used a half of the puck cause I thought a quarter of it would be too small. I was wrong. These things burn long and hot. Great product.
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    corey21 Minister of Fire

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    I use fire starter and splits but if weather stays like it has been for the last week i wont need them.
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    jatoxico Minister of Fire

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    I had one of those. Never used it. There was a recent post of someone starting a house fire while using one. Only takes once.
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    mattjm1017 Feeling the Heat

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    Its been said but ill say it again super cedars are great.
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  17. dorkweed

    dorkweed Guest

    Anyone use a can of hairspray and a cigarette lighter???!!!
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  18. senornick

    senornick New Member

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    Sent for samples.
    I'll check em out.
    Thanks guys.
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    I use a similar product but it uses bbq lighter fluid maybe an ounce or so, it soaks it up in about 10 minutes.It works very well .Thanks FanMan always good to hear about different products.
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    jdp1152 Minister of Fire

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    My wife's hairspray probably costs more than any commercially available firestarter!
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    scooby074 Feeling the Heat

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    Cape Cod Firestarter sounds real interesting!!

    Although my fire never really goes out but a few times a month. Its my sole source of heat. I usually use kindling (kiln dried wood or dried "splitter trash") and/or a blowtorch.
  22. Dakotas Dad

    Dakotas Dad Minister of Fire

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    So you leave it inside the stove?
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    FanMan Feeling the Heat

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    You can leave it inside or take it out once the kerosene burns out. I usually take it out, lay it on the hearth to cool, then put it back in the pot to soak. I might get another one so I don't have to, one can soak while the other's in use.

    Can't see how anybody could burn their house down with one unless they were real careless... which could apply to anything.
  24. Dakotas Dad

    Dakotas Dad Minister of Fire

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    Well, I can think of LOTS of things I have seen that are more dangerous for sure, but I would say it depends on your home.

    In my home, the idea of a pot of liquid accelerant sitting next to a possible ignition source would bother me, because my dogs are big and dumb with tails that double as clubs.. :eek: I also know lots of people who leave/set cups of coffee on their "coffee tables".. that doesn't happen here either. LOL

    But I surely wouldn't call someone out on this device.
  25. jackatc1

    jackatc1 Burning Hunk

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    It's rare this time of the year, that I need to relight.
    But during shoulder season's I use birch bark.
    It's laying thru out the woods on down punky trees
    Some times only the bark is left in coils.
    It will burn even if wet.
    I find that yellow or black birch bark burns like gas
    soaked cardboard.

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