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What is the next best firestarter after a super cedar??

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Swedishchef, Sep 25, 2013.

  1. Bigg_Redd

    Bigg_Redd Minister of Fire

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    In no particular order here are some that I use

    1) Regular cedar.

    2) Used motor oil.

    3) Regular cedar + used motor oil

    4) Bacon grease

    5) Bacon grease + cedar

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  2. jackatc1

    jackatc1 Burning Hunk

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    If useing Red Cedar, all you need is a match.
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  3. Soundchasm

    Soundchasm Minister of Fire

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    I got used to Western red hot firestarters. Sawdust and wax. Meijer's carried them for years. Roughly, they were about 1"x4"x7" and came maybe four to a package. Would split them into eight sections by hand, but began putting them in a vise with the desired finished size in between the jaws, scoring the block with a box-knife right above the jaws, and then cleanly snapping off the top. Open jaws, snap the piece in two, and put in a container. Then put the remainder down in a the jaws a bit, score, snap, looses, snap, etc.

    Then I quit seeing them in stores, checked the net, and I think Western has changed the shape from a flat plank to something far less useful to me...;)
  4. Wingman

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    For those that DIY... I use a silicone muffin pan. Pour the sawdust/wax mix in, let it harden and pop it right out, pre-sized. When burning on their own, I think they burned for a half hour +.
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  5. McKeznak

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    What Canadian retailer wouldn't ship something to Quebec? They are losing money in sales by not doing it, and it's really not that hard to ship to another province, even Quebec. They're just a small town ma and pa shop I'm sure if you called those Perth folks and talked to them they'd send it.

    If all falls through and you want to go back to super cedars let me know.

    http://www.urbanhearth.ca
  6. TreePointer

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    I also use Starterloggs broken into small pieces. When I find them on sale/seasonal clearance, I get a box.
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  7. Swedishchef

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    I already spoke to them and they are a distributor for Super Cedars in Ontario only. They don't sell directly to customers. (that is what I was told....) :(
  8. Swedishchef

    Swedishchef Minister of Fire

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    I may look for these starterloggs when they come on sale around here...
  9. McKeznak

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    Ahh so one would have to buy 'em from Super Cedar and they'll get these folks to send?

    I know you can use all kinds of things as starters but if you're stuck or REALLY want them PM me, you can ship em here and I'll ship them to you.

    But you don't know me, so if you're iffy about it that's fine too.
  10. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    But we do know you . . . you're Superman . . . and if you can't trust Superman, who can you trust? By the way Clark, your secret is safe with me. ;)
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  11. McKeznak

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    As long as it stays just between us, and it NEVER accidentally gets published on a public message board. :)
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  12. Swedishchef

    Swedishchef Minister of Fire

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    LOL.

    That is nice of you McKeznak but I think I will be able to get through the winter with the firestarters that I have.

    Where in NE Ontario do you live? Sudbury way?

    PS. I won't tell anyone your true identity.
  13. McKeznak

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    More east than North, in the Ottawa Valley.
  14. Seasoned Oak

    Seasoned Oak Minister of Fire

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    Junk mail or a match, Pick one.
  15. Swedishchef

    Swedishchef Minister of Fire

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    HAha Seasoned Oak.. I do not receive much junk mail anymore. Not enough to light my fires, that's for sure.

    The valley is really nice. A friend of mine lives in Hawkesbury. Nice place.

    Andrew
  16. McKeznak

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    Yup I'm just about 3 hours west of Hawkesbury.

    You in the Montreal area?
  17. Swedishchef

    Swedishchef Minister of Fire

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    I will PM to not jack the thread....
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    small world I live in Hawkesbury....paper birch bark(white) is the real deal for me.....
  19. Swedishchef

    Swedishchef Minister of Fire

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    send another PM. LOL
  20. rideau

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    If you want supercedars, you might call Embers in Perth. If this spin-off of embers is a distributor, maybe Embers carries the supercedars...and maybe not, since the owners of embers sold embers to the present owners, and looks like the original owners own the distributorship...not sure how friendly the two are now (_g).of well, may be worth a call.

    I was given a box of the fatwood from Canadian Tire. It is inferior to both pine cones and white birch bark, by a long shot, in my opinion. I only used about ten of them all last year. Have a nearly full box. Pine cones work well as firestarters, and I imagine pine cones dipped in wax would be really hot burners.

    Supercedars are the best, IMO, unless you make your own .
  21. bogydave

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    Don't use super cedars
    I just use birch bark.
    One of those super cedars came with the stove, still have it.
    May need to use it someday.
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  22. Applesister

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    I've never used super cedars but I'm curious. I like to make my own. Different kinds of wax and pinecones and cedar shavings (for rabbits and hamsters) from Tractor Supply. I save all the slivers from splitting and I save cutoffs and twigs from my fav woods.
    I use cupcake tins and Gulf canning wax. Its a lot of fun but I dont think of it as a guy thing. Not that guys arent into craft stuff....
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    It will be like the first time you had sex. You will want to kill yourself for not doing it before. ;lol
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  24. Swedishchef

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    Thanks for the tip Rideau!

    Bogy: you Alaskans always have to do things differently eh? ;) BUt I am sure if I had loads of birch bark I would use it too.

    Applesister: guys do crafts! Well, some guys do. I started with my 3 year old. I made sensory bins and we make things for them!! ;)
  25. Swedishchef

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    L O L

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