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Great fire starters: Phone books!
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No one uses them anymore, yet everyone has them, so they are easy to come by, and free. Look in your closet, ask your friends and family, even ask your work if they have any expired (or even current) phone books.

No, don't throw the whole damn book in there and light it on fire. Assemble a traditional 3 or 4 log setup (two on the bottom with a small space between, and one or two stacked on top in the perpendicular direction). Then tear out three pages from a phone book, light the end and stick it between the two bottom logs. Wait till it's just about out, and add three more pages. Repeat until the fire is established. Works just like newspaper except it's free, and pretty regularly available if you ask around.
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#2
Just a tip for a source for phone books. If your employer has multiple phone lines, chances are they're getting a phone book for each line they have. For example, a company I was working for had about 50 lines scattered among various addresses, but the billing address for them was at one place. Every year, we'd get a case of phone books.

Chances are your employer wouldn't care about getting rid of a few of them, but ask first.
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Another tip, your local small town post office. My postmaster gets more books than he has PO boxes. He always tries to get me to take two or three.

EDIT: I should clarify, don't expect to walk in any day of the year and ask for a phone book. The phone company puts them out twice a year and sends truckloads to the Post Office.
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Hand sanitizer

usually a high amount of alcohol in it plus its gel and will stick to stuff to ignite it and will burn as it sticks. Try it :-)




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ItsTime;82391 Wrote:Hand sanitizer

usually a high amount of alcohol in it plus its gel and will stick to stuff to ignite it and will burn as it sticks. Try it :-)

Fritos burn like crazy too. One way I sometimes start my fires is to get one of those 4 drink cardboard holders they give away at take out places. I usually ask for an extra one whenever I get one. Then I just crumple newsprint and put it into the holders and flip it over and light it up. Usually it will start the fire without me having to add any additional paper.
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Emoticon;82394 Wrote:Fritos burn like crazy too. One way I sometimes start my fires is to get one of those 4 drink cardboard holders they give away at take out places. I usually ask for an extra one whenever I get one. Then I just crumple newsprint and put it into the holders and flip it over and light it up. Usually it will start the fire without me having to add any additional paper.

I use newspaper in one of those charcoal chimneys to start my grill. Works great and there's no lighter fluid smell. Haven't used fluid to start charcoal in years.

Works just as well for a wood fire.

Fritos is a great idea. Never thought of that. I'll try it next time.
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Emoticon;82394 Wrote:
ItsTime;82391 Wrote:Hand sanitizer

usually a high amount of alcohol in it plus its gel and will stick to stuff to ignite it and will burn as it sticks. Try it :-)

Fritos burn like crazy too. One way I sometimes start my fires is to get one of those 4 drink cardboard holders they give away at take out places. I usually ask for an extra one whenever I get one. Then I just crumple newsprint and put it into the holders and flip it over and light it up. Usually it will start the fire without me having to add any additional paper.

I was showing my wife the cotton ball w/Vaseline starter, and she one upped me by using a tampon w/Vaseline to start a fire (it was new)Big Grin. More cotton in a compact package.
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bac0nfat;70136 Wrote:No one uses them anymore, yet everyone has them, so they are easy to come by, and free. Look in your closet, ask your friends and family, even ask your work if they have any expired (or even current) phone books.

I think we have the exact same stove - my manual says not to use any with paper with color printing and our phone books have many pages of color adverts so it may be a good idea to rip those pages out.
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Dave;82728 Wrote:
bac0nfat;70136 Wrote:No one uses them anymore, yet everyone has them, so they are easy to come by, and free. Look in your closet, ask your friends and family, even ask your work if they have any expired (or even current) phone books.

I think we have the exact same stove - my manual says not to use any with paper with color printing and our phone books have many pages of color adverts so it may be a good idea to rip those pages out.

I'm currently gathering info on this. I've been breaking the rules with this this winter, burning old 2x4's and some coated paper, (not magazine paper though). I've been up on the roof every other month through the winter and I've noticed a little buildup, but nothing horrible. The biggest problem with the coated paper is it will smother out the coals since some of the coating is left behind.
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Dave;82728 Wrote:
bac0nfat;70136 Wrote:No one uses them anymore, yet everyone has them, so they are easy to come by, and free. Look in your closet, ask your friends and family, even ask your work if they have any expired (or even current) phone books.

I think we have the exact same stove - my manual says not to use any with paper with color printing and our phone books have many pages of color adverts so it may be a good idea to rip those pages out.

Yeah I don't use anything that's glossy, just the plain white pages and yellow pages. I also don't burn the covers.
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