I always save the shavings from my hand planes in a bucket and use them to
start the fires in my Weber grill. I pile small thin cutoffs on top of those,
and so on with cutoffs that gradually increase in size, and I'm off to the
races. Works every time.
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On 6/13/2012 8:33 PM, Puckdropper wrote:
ndling to catch.
I recall when I was in school the man from the state bureau of mines
used to come around and give us a lecture on explosions from normal
everyday things, including saw dust. He had a glass tunnel set up.
He would set a small flame in the end of it just in front of a
container he would fill with some kind of dust, then use a tire
pump to blow the dust into the flame and the whole thing would
explode. Very entertaining. But it was surprising what all could
cause an explosion.
Having built fires in the fireplace for 30 years, the fastest way to
start the fire is to use small shot scraps under the logs and douse with
charcoal starter fluid. 1 match later you are done.
Using strictly shop scraps, in particular hard wood scraps which are
even more dry than normal fire wood, can lead to a very hot and fast
burning fire. I would say that situation could get dangerous quick.
I often use Walnut scrap, it burns like nothing else. Nice hot fire.
The shavings are great fire starters... Dangerous???
Leon, are you joining Lew in the Oh My God territory ???
On 6/14/2012 2:26 PM, Leon wrote:
You guys count your blessings .... when I lived in England some 50 years
ago I had to start a coal fire from scratch every night after work, then
carry what was left to the upstairs bedroom for the remainder of the night.
AFAIK, a coonass and coal had never before met, but we are resourceful
... when I left after a long cold winter and summer there was a
considerable portion of my landlady's fence pickets somehow gone missing.
Material like that will burn quite hot and quite quickly. It produces
big flames and a lot of light (a side effect) as it burns. Feeding it
over time into the fire is a good way to burn it, especially in the early
stages of the fire when the main logs haven't lit yet.
Indoor fire places aren't good places to get rid of lots of shop scraps.
Outdoor fire pits (not the little patio jobs) are better for something
like that, especially if it's safe for the flames to rise several feet
over the top of the logs.
I had a friend who liked to do this with if parent's trash fires when
he was a teenager. It caught up with him and he received some very
serious burns. He picked up the name "squirt" which stayed with him
much of the rest of his life. He died of cancer a few years ago but
always kept a sense humor over that incident.
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