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2012-12-29 11:04:34 PM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Seriously though, any tips on starting a fire in a fireplace with just a log and some matches? I tried wrapping the log in a roll of paper towels and setting it on fire, but it just burned the towels and left the log cold.


Potato chips (regular) burn hot and will ember nicely. I think they make some of the best kindling one can buy. However, you really need to split the log. You would need some sustained fuel to catch it to have it burn correctly, there isn't enough surface area with the log intact. They did evolve to be somewhat resistant to fire.
 
2012-12-29 11:07:47 PM

Acharne: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Seriously though, any tips on starting a fire in a fireplace with just a log and some matches? I tried wrapping the log in a roll of paper towels and setting it on fire, but it just burned the towels and left the log cold.

Potato chips (regular) burn hot and will ember nicely. I think they make some of the best kindling one can buy. However, you really need to split the log. You would need some sustained fuel to catch it to have it burn correctly, there isn't enough surface area with the log intact. They did evolve to be somewhat resistant to fire.


Ah thanks. Unfortunately I don't have any chips or an axe, so I won't be having a fire tonight. I've used one of those duraflame logs as a starter in the past, probably just pick one up tomorrow.
 
2012-12-29 11:46:58 PM

boozehat: davidphogan: Explosive target material? What would you use that for?

You shoot them and they go bang (or boom). At long range they can be helpful to see if you hit your target (cause you know, your target goes boom). For anything less than a .223, they're really just for fun. cause really, if you can't see the hole you make in a target with your .22, you need better optics.

check out sureshotexplodingtarget.com


I'm glad I asked. I never had heard of or seen one before. When I've gone out shooting we've always just used old clays, cans, bottles, etc. Or paper targets of course.
 
2012-12-30 01:39:15 AM
Hexamine burns nicely for heating up the old K rations and with a modicum of organic chem it explodes even better. RDX anyone?

Sounds to me like somebody was having fun with chemistry and if they pull the stuff out of the wounds it's going to be lithium tetrahydride and phosphorus and not exploding targets. In other words they were out cooking meth and came up with the exploding targets story because they're really stupid.
 
2012-12-30 02:13:58 AM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Acharne: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Seriously though, any tips on starting a fire in a fireplace with just a log and some matches? I tried wrapping the log in a roll of paper towels and setting it on fire, but it just burned the towels and left the log cold.

Potato chips (regular) burn hot and will ember nicely. I think they make some of the best kindling one can buy. However, you really need to split the log. You would need some sustained fuel to catch it to have it burn correctly, there isn't enough surface area with the log intact. They did evolve to be somewhat resistant to fire.

Ah thanks. Unfortunately I don't have any chips or an axe, so I won't be having a fire tonight. I've used one of those duraflame logs as a starter in the past, probably just pick one up tomorrow.


Any of the Goldschmidt reactions will work. Powdered aluminum and powdered iron oxide AKA Thermite will light a log but powdered magnesium and manganese dioxide is more fun. If you don't have any Thermite lying around then grab a drill and chuck in an augur bit or a Silver and Demmings bit about 1" in diameter and drill 4 holes 3" or more deep in the top side of the log. Cut a standard candle into 4 pieces, light one end and drop them into the holes and then add shavings from the drill judiciously to not extinguish the candle. If you don't have a candle you can fill the holes half way with charcoal lighter fluid or mineral oil or salad oil and drop into each hole a lit piece of soaked rope as a wick.
 
2012-12-30 07:18:49 AM
Cooking oil makes a good safe fire starter, but reactive targets are fun. Along with pumpkins, watermelons, and other such targets. Glass bottles can be somewhat of a hazard, since you'll have to walk on them at some point if you do it much. Public ranges limit most of this stuff. Don't any of you watch Pawn Stars? They use reactive targets quite a bit at the range.
 
2012-12-30 10:07:02 AM
Purdue University CS professor (who also holds the patent on an non-CFC refrigerant replacement) used to get the barbeque going with some liquid oxygen.   In one case, the grill got consumed by the resulting conflagration.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sab2Ltm1WcM
 
2012-12-30 10:23:50 AM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Seriously though, any tips on starting a fire in a fireplace with just a log and some matches?


Yes, don't bother trying that. It won't work.

Crinkle some newspaper (not too tight.) That goes on the bottom. On the newspaper, place some dried softwood kindling in a small bundle. (GIS for some examples.) Don't spread it out. On that, place two split dried hardwood logs, with the exposed side down, over the kindling bundle. You can put a third log, split or not, on top of the two split logs, depending on how much heat you're looking to produce.

Light the newspaper as low as you can. Run like hell.
 
2012-12-30 07:42:30 PM

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