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fire is therapy... [May. 6th, 2009|10:50 pm]
Verminius Rex
I just spent about an hour burning stuff in my little fire pit. Starting a fire is not my strong point, so I cheated. One votive candle in the center, toss in some leaves and small branches. After the candle is lit, make sure a few branches are where they will eventually catch from the candle. Then spray it down with charcoal lighter fluid. Woosh! goes the flame, catching everything on fire, and melting the candle wax which provides a good, steady fuel to establish a good fire. By the time the wax and lighter fluid is gone, you have a good fire going.

[User Picture]From: fiona_fawkes
2009-05-07 02:10 pm (UTC)
I'm amused. You know the proper girl scout firestarter involves a tampon and nail polish remover. Always be prepared.
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[User Picture]From: queza7
2009-05-07 02:13 pm (UTC)
That's amusing - I'll have to remember that trick!
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[User Picture]From: electron_pusher
2009-05-07 02:18 pm (UTC)
sounds like you know how to start a fire just fine :)

Yeah, I can do it the hard way, and I'm a certified pyro (well, self certified) ...

But ... not cheating is for pussies.

Me ... so when I want to build a bonfire out back ... I grab all the dead crap I can find laying around in the yard and toss it into a pile. I don't care how big or little it is.

Then, I take a mason jar (I have one reserved for the occasion), fill it 3/4 full of kerosene and 1/4 full of gasoline.

Kero = burns long enough to get wood started. Gas goes up QUICK. But kero isn't volatile enough to light w/ a match ... so the gas is mainly used to lite the kero, and the kero lites the wood.

done in those proportions, there's little danger ... and it starts pretty much anything I put in the pile ;). Only when I tried it after a week of rain was it too wet for the first pass, but a second mason jar of half-n-half lit that one great :).

But ... I'm crazy, and a pyro, and love accelerants ;)

(and yes, I've built a fire, the hard way, in the damn rain, without cheating. It's a fucker and takes too much effort :)
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