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    Quote Originally Posted by 32green View Post
    Over the course of the summer and fall, I collect twigs and small branches and stuff 'em into a plastic bin.

    I take one of those little rectangular fire starter's and build a little mound of twigs over it, light the starter's corner, then put a few logs over it carefully as to not crush the twig mound....then I light a rolled up piece of newspaper and stick it up the flue to knock out the block of cold air and prime it for a minute or two (or until my shirt catches on friggin fire, lol)
    I find the twigs and small branches burn super-hot and create a nice little combustion mixture with the starter.

    That usually does it for me.







    Oh...and I know you can handle this part....once it gets going you should poke it every once in a while .....it helps to shake loose some hot embers that fall to the bottom to create a bed of embers that kind of sustain the whole thing.

    I've got a whole effing forest over here; you should see the ginormous piles of branches I stacked after Sandy blew through here; it's insane.

    Oh, and you're supposed to use the trick with the rolled up newspaper before you light the fire. If you're timing is off, you're house is smellin like a campfire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishooked View Post

    Oh, and you're supposed to use the trick with the rolled up newspaper before you light the fire. If you're timing is off, you're house is smellin like a campfire.
    Ive done it both ways, and I like to light the fire starter first, then start the draw with the newspaper. It works well for me, hence the joke about burning my sleeves. It really gets the thing going. No campfire smellin ovah heah.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 32green View Post
    Ive done it both ways, and I like to light the fire starter first, then start the draw with the newspaper. It works well for me, hence the joke about burning my sleeves. It really gets the thing going. No campfire smellin ovah heah.

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    Since I shockingly found pics from Sandy, I might as well post them. It doesn't look it, but this pile of branches is 10 feet high



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    I like start with a teepee with 3 layers - a few 2-3 larger logs on the outer, 2nd layer of twigs, and then newspaper inside the twigs. Give the inside space/room to breath and you'll have a roaring fire in no time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crasherino View Post
    I don't think you should be lecturing a Yankee on how to burn things - we took care of Atlanta right good.
    That Scarlett broke Rhett's heart so many times...I didn't know what to do, except drink.


    Uh oh...here comes the "Take that guy's leg off" scene.

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    We got a firebox, and it rocks. I can burn at will.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FF2 View Post
    How do I stick my head up the chimney to adjust the flue which is directly above my roaring fire?
    Use the hook on your poker.

    Take that however you wish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FF2 View Post
    How do I stick my head up the chimney to adjust the flue which is directly above my roaring fire?
    It sounds more complicated than it is. Go ahead and give it a try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 32green View Post
    ..then I light a rolled up piece of newspaper and stick it up the flue to knock out the block of cold air and prime it for a minute or two (or until my shirt catches on friggin fire, lol)
    I find the twigs and small branches burn super-hot and create a nice little combustion mixture with the starter.

    That usually does it for me.
    sounds more like your last sexual encounter...

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    Quote Originally Posted by crasherino View Post
    I don't think you should be lecturing a Yankee on how to burn things - we took care of Atlanta right good.
    Ya'll learned that from the British in 1814.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jets Things View Post
    Why do I suck at them? I refuse to use a fake, burn all day log. My current set up, from bottom to top, is dryer lint, cardboard, kindling wood. I wait until that gets roaring before I add any (kiln dried) logs. Aeration seems to be fine, log or logs burning good and then the fire fizzles out over the next 20 minutes. WTF am I doing wrong?
    log in the back, fire starter block in the middle, log in the front. Put smaller pieces of wood on top of fire starter block, then shove newspaper under the grate below the fire starter block. Torch the newspaper and you're done. easy-peasy lemon squeezy.

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    If all else fails..............



    This'll burn wet wood, no matter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frostlich View Post
    How close are you standing to the barrel?

    Go find an old tire...those burn forever once they catch.



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    The lazy man's way...if you don't want to start with a duraflame log buy yourself a kerosene cast iron fire starter... I used to use these years ago at a ski house, guaranteed roaring fire in a matter of minutes

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    What the hell.....just do it this way.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jetswin View Post
    The lazy man's way...if you don't want to start with a duraflame log buy yourself a kerosene cast iron fire starter... I used to use these years ago at a ski house, guaranteed roaring fire in a matter of minutes
    Ah yes, the aroma drives the chicks wild.

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