I know it is not that environmentally friendly etc, but I am having rea
problems starting a bonfire. Even with white spirit it did not work.
Has anyone any tips?
PS I do plant the bigger logs to create beetle habitats
You need plenty of news paper foloowed by dry, thin kindling wood
followed by larger pieces of wood. This is to get some heat into th
base of your fire befor you stack combustables onto it. Old smashed u
pallets are ideal
If you've got a paper shredder you can make some nice, lightweight,
fire-starters. I say "lightweight" because I do a lot of hiking, and
carrying one or two "nests" of starters in my pack. Weight is of the utmost
Melt some paraffin. Add the shredded paper. Using tongs, pull clumps of the
paraffin-soaked paper out, placing mounds (2-3" in diameter) on a wire rack
to cool. Once cool, just store them in a ziplock bag until ready to use.
They start slowly (no flare-up, nice and safe), but burn long enough to get
wood started. I've started large bonfires, camping, with only one "nest".
It's also a good way to get rid of old documents. =D
A flashlight is a case for holding dead batteries.
I reallt adore you concern for the beetles. I have a passsion for the
American Pleasing Fungus Beetle. It is very connected with the fungus
Ganoderma tsugue. In fact I have only seen one not in old growth or
I use diesel fuel to start my bonfires. I often start the diesel with a
little medium octane gasoline. I stand far back and throw a match. VaVoom!
I love to burn things! I wait until its very wet. I do not like other
people, other than client, putting fuel on my fire. Had a bad experience
with that once. That's the day the cows were out on neighbors yard. Fire
swept through the woods. Fire department came to control. They were not
happy at all.
They kind of blamed me. Oh. well! Not as bad as the time when the US
Forest Service controlled burns went out of control.
What a great game the two Cinderella teams, the Packers and the Giants,
put on. Neither were expected to do much this year, yet there they were
playing for the NFL Championship. Yeah, it's just a game and its' only
value is what we invest in it but, still, redemption is sweet.
Coming back to Earth, my father used to nearly fill a 5 gallon metal can
with used motor oil and place rolled-up newspapers in it to absorb the
oil. Then he would let them dry and use them for fire starters. He was
never the most ecological of men.
The city of Toronto, however, apparently takes a dim view of burning
used motor oil.
Burning used oil for space-heating purposes is an unnecessary
contribution to air pollution in Toronto, since cleaner-burning fuels
are readily available. According to the Ministry of Environment, a space
heater burning used motor oil would emit 8,000 times more lead, 196
times more sulphur oxides, 128 times more arsenic and 35 times more
inhalable particulate matter (PM10), than a space heater burning home
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