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Old 04-23-2014, 04:44 PM   #31
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Chainsaw, splitting maul, pine needles and some diesel. A paper plate under everything so diesel doesn't soak into ground.

Propane fire pit for later in summer when the fire ban starts.
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Old 04-23-2014, 07:37 PM   #32
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Down here where I live (Indiana), the DNR imposed a ban on firewood entering state parks due to the wood borer. Campers are not allowed to bring in their own firewood unless it has a State Firewood Compliance Stamp. So there are times when buying from the CG is our only alternative! Either that or make sure where we get our firewood from has the stamp. I actually saw a camper having to unload the back of his pick-up, loaded with wood he brought in because it didn't meet the guidelines. I kinda felt bad for the guy.....

It's cheaper to buy economy 2 x 4's that are kiln dried than to buy the fresh cut crap from the Indiana State Park. I bring along a skilsaw with my pile of econo-studs then cut my own right on the tailgate.

The import ban in Indiana does more to stuff the state coffers than it does to stop the Emerald Ash Borer...they can fly you know!!
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I get wood shavings from a local cabinet shop but you can get them from the local High School shop as well. I melt candle wax you can get from Michael s crafts stores and soak the shavings in the wax and fill the an egg carton with the shavings and they cool hard and work great for starting fires.
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Old 04-24-2014, 06:42 AM   #34
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I use Fat Wood. I've been using it for years in my wood burning stove. It's natural and pretty inexpensive. A 5 lb box will last me for 3 seasons of heating. It is pine from thes stumps of dead standing pines (I don't know what variety). The sap settles in the stump. They smell like pine sol or turpentine The box says to use 2 sticks, but I split them up into 4 pieces and only use what I need. They are small light and repel moisture due to all the sap.

Anyone tried the top down method? I read this at woodheat.org

http://www.woodheat.org/top-down-fever.html

you put the larger pieces at the bottom and smaller pieces as you stack up the wood. Then just 1 piece of cruppled up newspaper at the top. If you do it right the fire starts nice and even with very little smoke. Take it as a challenge if you have dry wood and have fun with it.

Starting the fire is half the fun! Enjoy the challenge of starting it any way you can.
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My best fire starter is the drink holders from the chain restaurants. Put two of them together, pile on a little kindling and your golden.
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A little more expensive I guess but we keep a box of fireplace logs in our unit. Throw one of those on the bottom and put the real logs all around. Light it up and the log will burn for a couple hours making sure any logs you put on there will catch and burn. I'm just lazy!
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A little more expensive I guess but we keep a box of fireplace logs in our unit. Throw one of those on the bottom and put the real logs all around. Light it up and the log will burn for a couple hours making sure any logs you put on there will catch and burn. I'm just lazy!
Nah, not "lazy", "efficient". I keep a couple of these in my "fire box" just for that purpose. And if we're not that interested in having an all-night fire, they only last 3 hrs on their own and there are no embers to worry about when it's time to pack it in.
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