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fire starters
« on: November 24, 2008, 10:27:27 am »
Any of yall got a good recipe for homade fire starter "logs" made out of saw dust. They will be for use in a fire place and stove.
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Re: fire starters
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2008, 10:33:45 am »
Can't help you with the question but can offer one small piece of advice.  You probably already know this but don't use fire starters that contain accelerants in a stove with a catalytic converter.  It will damage it.

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Re: fire starters
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2008, 10:38:31 am »
The stove is pretty old. It's in my grandpaws basement, no converter. I just don't like paying 20 bucks for a box of fire starters when I have all this saw dust laying around.
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Re: fire starters
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2008, 10:55:14 am »
Throw some sawdust in and light it with a propane torch.
I go thru 2 one pound cans a year lighting my woodstove a couple times a day.
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Re: fire starters
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2008, 11:19:05 am »
It's not sawdust related, but ya gots any old candles ???  A few years ago someone told me they make fire starters by dipping open pine cones in melted wax  :P  Perhaps you could even use it sparingly as a binder/fuel for the sawdust and make some pucks.  Use an old tuna can or something for a mold....just thinking out loud here  :D

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Re: fire starters
« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2008, 11:20:27 am »

  I mix in a little diesel with the sawdust .. goes a long way and sure lights up easy .
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Re: fire starters
« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2008, 11:21:56 am »
In the shop I just shovel some shavings in the "empty" stove, place my wood on top, open the damper and draft, strike a match and place the match at the draft where there are some loose shavings and poof. I got a fire. Once burning good after about 10 minutes I shut damper and draft down so the flames are less violent. ;D

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Re: fire starters
« Reply #7 on: November 24, 2008, 01:13:35 pm »
Cat food can, or any other low profile can filled with sawdust and saturated with kerosene or diesel. The dust kind of acts like a wick and will burn for a long time, remove can from ashes with tongs and you can reuse but only 2 or 3 times then the can is no account due to the heat breaking it down. We do this when we are burning green wood and it works real good.
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Re: fire starters
« Reply #8 on: November 24, 2008, 01:21:24 pm »
Some good ideas so far. I'm really trying to find some way to make the little sawdust "logs" you buy at the box stores. Not the 5# ones but just the little 2"x2"x6" ones
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Re: fire starters
« Reply #9 on: November 24, 2008, 01:26:54 pm »
Courtesy of google:  http://www.ehow.com/how_4477369_starter-logs-disks-recycled-items.html

Looks like you could do something along those lines (they mention using sawdust), just use a bigger can.

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Re: fire starters
« Reply #10 on: November 24, 2008, 01:32:50 pm »
Now thats what I'm talkin about. Thanks Warbird. I wasn't sure if they were molded or pressed
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Re: fire starters
« Reply #11 on: November 24, 2008, 02:50:31 pm »
Guess it depends on what items one has left-over to get rid of...if it is candles, sawdust, cardboard, paper, or whatever.

Myself, I have plenty of dry lumber cut-offs that I make kindling out of, and light the kindling with a match. Easy, quick, and effective. I have sawdust too, but less work to go the kindling route. After installing all the new windows this summer, plenty of kindling in the form of trim boards and cedar siding boards. But in winter, (and since about 2 weeks ago), the fire never goes out. Keep glowing coals at a minimum, and then just throw on some dry wood.

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Re: fire starters
« Reply #12 on: November 24, 2008, 02:54:41 pm »
But in winter, (and since about 2 weeks ago), the fire never goes out. Keep glowing coals at a minimum, and then just throw on some dry wood.


 :D :D :D Yup, not even kindling is needed. I just bring some coals to the front near the draft and that's all that is required.   8)

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Re: fire starters
« Reply #13 on: November 24, 2008, 04:02:09 pm »
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Let us know what recipe you use. Sounds like a project coming along.

Definitely let us know how things go.  Take pics, too!  As for a source of wax, you might be able to get some bulk stuff, used stuff, or whatever if you search around.

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« Reply #14 on: November 24, 2008, 07:05:04 pm »
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Re: fire starters
« Reply #15 on: November 24, 2008, 08:01:02 pm »
Living in GA I'm suprised that you don't have a fat litard stump somewhere handy. Best fire starter I've ever used. I dodn't know there was anything else until I got some age on me. I sad for the rest of the country when I heard they they had to use other means. I think DanG had some visitors one time that tried to tote off his stash.  :D

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Re: fire starters
« Reply #16 on: November 24, 2008, 08:04:06 pm »
Melt some paraffin in a double boiler, mix in dry sawdust, dump out on flat newspaper or butcher paper, roll into a log, and cut into disks...

put dryer lint into each pocket of a paper egg carton, pour wax in..let cool, break one off and light it..

can use sawdust in the egg cartons too...
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Re: fire starters
« Reply #17 on: November 24, 2008, 08:09:31 pm »

  I mix in a little diesel with the sawdust .. goes a long way and sure lights up easy .

This is the best that I have found. Just keep it in an old bucket off to the side of the fireplace or whatever. It isn't so volatile that it will explode so it works great as a fire starter. When I had a fire place and wood stove, it worked like a champ; cheap and easy.
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Re: fire starters
« Reply #18 on: November 24, 2008, 08:18:27 pm »
Some bits of tarpaper or shingles mixed with dry bark slivers and sawdust ignited with a propane torch works for me  :) :)  Doesn't take much of the roofing material to get everything else going and it holds a hot fire long enough to get bigger wood burning
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Re: fire starters
« Reply #19 on: November 24, 2008, 08:20:53 pm »
I'll second the egg carton sawdust and wax system, they work great, kids of friends whom we camp with made a bunch and gave them to us at christmas last year with a note that said "we're looking forward to many more happy campfires with you guys" even an old grump like me was kinda touched. P.S, I think they stuck a piece of candle wick in there to.
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