Newspapers harder to come by for starting fires

CabinCamper

New Member
Mar 6, 2021
2
Canada
Hey, does anyone else agree that with news media going more and more online / digital, it is getting harder to find newspapers to use for starting fires? I still get the flyers but they have a lot of unhealthy colour dyes and don't light / burn very well. What are some readily available non-toxic alternatives?
 

Bad LP

Minister of Fire
Nov 28, 2014
1,510
Northern Maine
Nope. Not a bit.
 

CaperM

Member
Dec 31, 2013
26
Nova Scotia
I having the same issue here.I start my boiler every day when it is very cold.I've started using some cardboard mixed in.
 

stoveliker

Minister of Fire
Nov 17, 2019
697
Eastern Long Island NY
I use copy/printer paper that my kids bring home from school (I'm burning their grades). No color, no waxes etc

You could also get a weekend-only subscription to the NYT. Either you read it or you only burn it - whatever you think is the appropriate treatment
 

hobbyheater

Minister of Fire
Nov 14, 2011
1,179
We get a yearly subscription to a small weekly newspaper. The wife likes to read it and I look at the pictures but it is just the perfect size for lighting the boiler!
 

stoveliker

Minister of Fire
Nov 17, 2019
697
Eastern Long Island NY
Remember setting points with a dwell meter? Or rotary dial phones? There is a better way to start fires now too.

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I agree, but I use that to light some paper. 5 or so letter sized school work pages. I do find that the paper lasts a bit longer, gives a bit more consistent heat to light the splitting splinters I use on top. It would require the torch for a minute or so to light as many places as I do now in 5 seconds.

Also, I bought a torch from the local hardware store, and for some reason it stopped working pretty fast: the (piezo) lighter does not seem to make a spark anymore, but when I use a normal lighter to light the torch, it also doesn't work well - it seems to blow out the gas too fast and when I remove the lighter, there is no flame left, unless I dial it down to the edge of closing it completely.
It's perfectly clean, did not drop. So, I'm likely going back to the normal lighter and paper when the gas canister is empty...
 
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Bad LP

Minister of Fire
Nov 28, 2014
1,510
Northern Maine
Remember setting points with a dwell meter? Or rotary dial phones? There is a better way to start fires now too.

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Yes I'm that old. Yes I use a torch to start my boiler and I save the brown packing paper that many shippers use. Better than newspaper IMO.
 

stoveliker

Minister of Fire
Nov 17, 2019
697
Eastern Long Island NY
Yes I'm that old. Yes I use a torch to start my boiler and I save the brown packing paper that many shippers use. Better than newspaper IMO.
lol, yes, me too. The noise from the ringers on those phones...! Brown bags (around my bourbon bottles...) are very good indeed.
 

salecker

Minister of Fire
Aug 22, 2010
1,367
Northern Canada
I have a small business,so that generates a lot of paper...
But i never have a shortage at home of paper for starting fires, so all my business paper get recycled.
 

JohnDolz

Minister of Fire
Dec 29, 2015
550
Burlington, CT
Torch, pine cones and 13 year old twin boys. I make the boys clean up the pine cones from the yard, let them dry and fire'em up. The only people not happy with this system are my boys:).
 

maple1

Minister of Fire
Sep 15, 2011
10,736
Nova Scotia
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RockyMtnGriz

Member
Apr 19, 2019
106
SW Montana
Having just finished my taxes, I'm in a mood, so I will say that the paper that tax instructions are printed on is quite suitable, and Uncle Sam will mail you all you order. The manila envelopes they send them in make nice file folders too.

The recycled paper egg carton stuff is great, especially if you get the big ones in the 5 dozen package. You have to let them be out of the moist fridge a couple of days before you try to use them though, and you may fail your next cholesterol screening if you take it too far!

The worst, is having a catalyst stove that shouldn't have color print. There's maybe one page in a newspaper section that doesn't have color printing these days.

If you order something from Amazon, and it comes in a box eight sizes too big, with a bunch of that brown paper - bonanza!

Of course, it could also come in a huge box filled with a ton of styrofoam pellets - well, I have more packing for when I have to send something to someone I don't particularly like.

But, yeah, I was just perking up an almost dead fire, and I was ripping pages out of an old phone book.