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Old 08-28-2011, 10:23 AM   #1
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Tools for making a fire.





What do you take along?
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Old 08-28-2011, 10:35 AM   #2
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Re: Tools for making a fire.

Firewood, kindling, hatchet, paper, matches.

A little diesel fuel if all else fails.

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Old 08-28-2011, 10:40 AM   #3
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Re: Tools for making a fire.

Charcoal lighter fluid, saw and axe. No longer carry wood. Emerald Ash Borer infestations make it not wise. Use only local wood.
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Re: Tools for making a fire.

#1 tool Iíve used for over 30 years is the Sven Saw. When backpacking, I've heard people say "wood too big to break is too big to burn". That's a load of BS.
I also carry a typical hatchet but If I bring wood from home such as almond, I make sure I pack my hand maul. It's a small 20" wedge that I have yet to find on the market since it was purchaced.

For kindling I use power poles if I bring wood, but pine needles and small sticks is generally all I need.

To light the fire I use my trusty cigar lighter which doubles as a soldering gun.

One of these days I'd like to purchase a electric hand chain saw.
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Old 08-28-2011, 02:14 PM   #5
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Charcoal lighter fluid, saw and axe. No longer carry wood. Emerald Ash Borer infestations make it not wise. Use only local wood.
All my firewood is dimensional lumber (heat treated to kill bugs) and can be transported even into and out of Canada.

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Old 08-28-2011, 04:01 PM   #6
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Re: Tools for making a fire.

For a fire starter, I always keep a bunch of "fatwood" in the van. The stuff works great. I also always care a small camp axe and usually bring along a full side axe as well.
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Old 08-28-2011, 09:35 PM   #7
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Re: Tools for making a fire.

I carry one of these everywhere. In addition to lighting virtually anything on fire quickly, this gizmo satisfies some primal urge for fire and warmth. It is literally a mini flame thrower.

http://www.snowpeak.com/stoves/camping/ ... t-100.html

A good hatchet usually comes in handy too.

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Re: Tools for making a fire.

cotton balls soaked in Vaseline in the middle of the kindling bundle, or a squirt of hand sanitizer

2 axes hand and longer, and my campanion for making kindling
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Re: Tools for making a fire.

I use the small presto firestarter logs then dry wood.
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What do you take along?
I, like you, carry a hatchet and a plumber's torch, but i never seem to use the hatchet. The propane torch on the other hand, I LOVE IT! One of my favorite tools. Man love fire. Fire good. Big fire starter better than small fire starter. Make better fire, even if all in man's head.
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